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“Little Hawaii”
Review of Naples

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south carolina
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Little Hawaii”
Reviewed June 7, 2009

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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Level 3 Contributor
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Overrated Naples”
Reviewed December 22, 2008

There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Florida, and Naples is not different from any of the typical average beach in south Florida, with one big exception, the place is definitely overpriced. Why throw your money away in Naples? Just drive north to Siesta Beach, one of the most amazing beaches in Florida with white powder sand.... and free parking. I drove to Naples from Orlando, and definitely is not worth the drive!


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New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
21 helpful votes
“We liked Naples Flordia”
Reviewed March 29, 2008

We went to Naples, gulf coast of Florida, for the first time in January. We usually go to the Rockies in Colorado for skiing but this year we needed the sun and relaxation of Florida. Naples was a very pleasant city with excellent restaurants . We had excellent weather with sunshine and temperatures in the 80's. We liked the calm blue waters of the gulf coast. The city is so pleasant to walk and we went to the symphony one night. The cultural events are wonderful in the city of Naples. We would return again to enjoy getting away from winter weather.

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Yorkshire, England
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
25 helpful votes
“All quiet on the western front”
Reviewed October 21, 2007

People like and value different things. If you like noisy exuberance then Naples isn't for you. It is a quiet, manicured, refined kind of town. It's where millionaires go to die. At times you can hear a pin drop except that pin dropping is an offense by local statute. The millionaires don't like it.

Fifth Avenue is the heart of the historic downtown district and consists of art shops, designer boutiques, a smart mall and gourmet restaurants. And, bizarrely, an Irish pub which is part of the Inn on Fifth hotel. If you're staying on Fifth and get peckish mid afternoon and fancy a Snickers to keep you going before dinner, you have a problem. There is nothing as common as grocery store or, God forbid, a 7/11. The choices are: eat twice, go hungry or pack snacks before arriving.

Tin City/Bayfront area, only half a mile from fifth, is an historic and new retail experience. It has those touristy/ folksy/ fascinating outlets that visitors love to wander round but never buy anything from. You can hire boats to sail around the achingly beautiful waterways of Naples.

Equally dazzling are the golf courses which, if you can stand the humidity, are world class. A round of golf at times of high humidity is like taking a reverse shower.

The pier and beach are as well kept and beautiful as you would expect. Fishermen and pelicans vie for the abundant sea life around the pier. Fish seem to get caught very easily. Even the small, mid pier fast food crap joint is subdued and tastefully done.

All towns have road kill; rats and rabbits and suchlike. In Naples it is more likely to an armadillo. Even the roadkill is posh.

Compared to the pulsating, multi cultural life of Miami Beach, Naples is a near death experience. But it is a pleasant way to go. The normal locals are friendly and helpful and have slipped into to the slow pace of existence in a town like Naples.

It's arguable whether the resident millionaires care for tourists. Some side roads downtown don't have sidewalks which may be a hint. If you're very quite, or perhaps very noisy, you may catch a site of Millionaris Ancientis in his natural habitat: bobbing in and out of beautiful shrubbery in exotic gardens scowling at tourists.

Naples isn't a place for families with young children and definitely not for anyone who appreciates liveliness. If you play golf or love refined quietness and appreciate the pristine and manicured - in Naples you get both at the same time - then this is the place for you. Oh and there's a zoo.

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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
41 helpful votes
“A wonderful place to retire”
Reviewed May 17, 2007

I had the pleasure of visiting Naples, Florida, I was veryimpressed with the cleanliness coming from a city plagued with trash and graffiti, it was nice tonot see any of that. We had the opportunity to tourthe mansions and privateestates of the residents of this town, the architecture of these homes are amazing, not to mention of landscaping, when I hit the lottery this is where Iwant to live. The night life isa bit slow a nd you definetly need a car toget around,butif you can afford to live here that should notbe a problem. For the adventurous type, check out alligator alley, or drive a little further to the everglades, you won't be dissappointed. Don't forgetto try some gator nuggets, they are delicious(taste like chicken). For the more laid back, the beaches are wonderful, andthe seashellsare aplenty(took a bunch home myself). t forget your sunscreen it does get HOT down there.Finally go to Naples pier and watch thesunset ittheperfect end to a beautiful day.

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