This was my first trip to Naples. I stayed with relatives, so I can't comment on the local accommodations. This place was so beautiful. We did a lot of sight seeing, and the weather was perfect. It was the end of May, and flowers were blooming everywhere. The beaches were nice but, not very wide, and crowded. The main pier is worth walking. It goes out into the ocean, what seems like a quarter of a mile. When you get to the end, and look back at the shoreline it is amazing, how small everything appears. The water changes to a darker hue of blue, at the end of the pier. What a show! You will want to spend some time, just relaxing while watching the dolphins playing, pelicans diving for fish, and people fishing, shoulder to shoulder. It was very entertaining. The main parking lot is about a block away. It’s metered and takes coins only. It gets crowded. If you go there around 3:30 it starts thinning out.
Naples has a lot of elegant outdoor shopping centers. The waterside Shops at Pelican Bay, are pretty with cascading waterfalls, luscious flowering plants, and amazing architecture. The scenery is worth the stroll. Tin City, on Fifth Ave., is a place to shop for unique paraphernalia. The art museum on Pelican Bay Blvd. was interesting, I'm not sure what general admission is. The three story, 15 gallery museum exhibits painting, sculpture and drawings in a variety of styles. We enjoyed a show at the Philharmonic Center, one night. There are outdoor concerts in the local downtown park. When I was visiting, there was an art show on Main St., which was a special treat. Also, there is a small local Museum, the Collier County Museum, which preserves the history, archaeology and development of Florida’s “last frontier”. This was free, and didn’t take long to tour. Don’t miss, Naples City Dock on 12th Ave. S. with boats ranging from 25 to 53 foot (available for sightseeing.) This is another neat place to take a stroll, or sit and relax with an ice-cream cone. For more art galleries and shopping visit Third Street South. Always bring your camera, for Naples is full of perfect, picture opportunities.
Naples is known for expensive dining, but I ate at some local, less expensive eateries such as, First Watch, which is a daytime café serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, only. For good pizza and wings, there’s Stevie Tomato’s Sports Grill. Of course there’s an Olive Garden, and all the favorites you’d find in a city. We also enjoyed a sub, at a small shop, on 12th Ave. S., down by the City dock called, Napoli on the Bay. My only regret is, I wish, I had more time to spend in Naples and the surrounding area, there’s so much to do, when you have transportation.
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