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24 Hours in Naples

If you find yourself in Naples for a quick trip, you can still take in plenty of the shopping, restaurants and nature that make the city unique. Perched on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples offers some of the most pristine coastline in Florida. The small but mighty city center offers a range of dining options — yes, there’s plenty of seafood, but more imaginative options abound beyond that. While a full trip to the nearby Everglades might be too ambitious for one day, you can connect with the famous local flora and fauna just outside the city.

The roof of a house peaks out from dense greenery with the ocean in the background

Day

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MORNING
  • Start Right.

    Get off on the right foot with a delicious breakfast buffet at Terrazza at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Sit outside on the patio for some early morning sun and beautiful views of the preserve as you sip coffee and get ready for the day. The menu is filled with dishes that call out the restaurant’s partner network of local artisans, organic farmers and sustainable fisheries.

  • Plan Your Path.

    If a full beach day isn’t in your plans, take in the sand and sun by walking through hotel’s network of private boardwalks that take you through 3 miles of pristine beach, mangrove and palm trees, and vistas of the Gulf of Mexico.

MIDDAY
  • Taste of Italy.

    One of the most critically acclaimed and locally loved restaurants in Naples is Osteria Tulia, on the hub of Fifth Avenue South. Chef Vincenzo Betulia fuses his fine-dining training with the simplicity of rustic Italian cuisine. Try a pizza with house-made ricotta or a pasta with homemade lamb sausage. Leave room for dessert if you can and stop at nearby Kilwin’s for a scoop of ice cream.

  • Shop It Out.

    Naples is small population-wise, just crossing the 20,000-permanent resident mark, but the variety of stores on Fifth Avenue South and nearby Third Street South belies that. The area is known for its choice of sophisticated boutiques, including Castaway Clothing/Tracy Negoshian, Marissa Collections and Maus & Hoffman.

  • Peer off the Pier.

    Walk out on the pier over the Gulf of Mexico for unmatched views of the water, as well as a peek back into Naples’ history. Originally built in 1889, the pier was rebuilt and expanded multiple times throughout the 20th century and is now a prime spot for fishing, dolphin spotting and bird-watching.

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AFTERNOON
  • Escape into Nature.

    Spend your afternoon strolling through 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preservation land at Naples Botanical Garden, which opened in 2010. With over 1,000 species and seven distinct ecosystems represented, you can experience a wide range of Florida’s famous nature only 3 miles from downtown.

EVENING
  • Eat Local Seafood.

    Florida is known for the quality and abundance of Gulf Coast seafood, and Chef Fabrizio Aielli takes full advantage of that at his fine-dining restaurant Sea Salt, which specializes in elevating local ingredients. Start with the Grand “Sea and Ocean” platter before moving on to artistic salads, house-made pastas and freshly grilled local swordfish.