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Friends’ Getaway

A few days with good friends in a gorgeous setting — what could be better? Take full advantage of the unique mix of gorgeous nature, resort amenities, sporting activities, shopping, dining and more that Naples has to offer. With nothing over an hour’s drive away, you won’t have to go far to find the next fun outing. And don’t worry. There will be downtime left for enjoying the famous Gulf Coast sunsets and crystal-clear waters off the beach. 



  • Breakfast Beginnings.

    If a restaurant is dedicated to just breakfast, you know they’re taking your first meal of the day seriously. Poached offers an array of omelets, breakfast paninis and signature dishes like the banana bread French toast. Order enough for the table to share a mix of plates but make sure to get your own glass of freshly squeezed juice from local oranges. 

  • Tee Up.

    Get out onto the course for a quick round of nine holes. The Tiburón Golf Club is certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International and features two 18-hole courses designed by the legendary Greg Norman. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your clubs. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples can reserve a new set of Callaway clubs with their tee time. 

  • Unwind with a View.

    After you’ve nailed your final putt, head to Bella Vista Lounge, overlooking the 18th hole, for lunch and cocktails on the terrace. Linger a little longer with a creative cocktail with fresh herbs and juices. You might even be tempted to stay for the fire pits turning on at night. 

  • Comfort Food.

    Head to the stylish Café Lurcat on bustling Fifth Avenue South for a dinner of tweaked American classics. In addition to a choice of over 200 bottles of wine to share with your companions, they also have a bourbon program with 21 options, whether you prefer your drink served neat, on ice or in an old-fashioned.

  • Craft Beers and Cocktails.

    HobNob is both kitchen and bar, but head there after dinner to take advantage of a cocktail list jammed with innovative takes on classics and a craft beer selection that focuses on local and regional breweries. Don’t forget to check out the dessert menu, as well, with options like tres leches bread pudding with homemade rumchata ice cream. 



  • Start with a Stretch.

    Begin your day by getting centered in a yoga class at nearby Naples Yoga Center. Choose from a variety of classes each morning, and look for special paddle-board yoga classes that take place on the water on the weekends. 

  • Hit the Pool.

    Whether you want to swim, soak up the sun or read a book in the shade, there’s something for everyone at the outdoor pool. You can reserve a private cabana for the group for a truly luxe experience, including your own cabana butler, plush lounge chairs and a mini-fridge stocked with cold bottled water. 

  • Dine Poolside.

    There’s no need to leave the pool if you’re hungry. You can order to your chair and enjoy a selection of Floridian favorites including the signature Poolside Burger, Grouper Tacos and house-made ice cream. 

  • Visit Tin City.

    Originally built in the 1920s as part of Naples’ busy fishing industry, the charming tin-roofed buildings of Tin City were converted to shops and restaurants starting in the 1970s. Shop over 30 thoroughly modern stores in a historic setting, perched right on the water. Stop at Vicki’s Sweet Shoppe for a freshly baked cookie to nibble on while you stroll. 

  • Local Taste.

    7th Avenue Social specializes in South Florida favorites, which means that chef–proprietor Colin Estrem is constantly changing the menu depending on what’s in season from his network of local farmers and artisan producers. You can expect options like Chicken & Waffles, Ft. Myers Shrimp & Grits and an array of street tacos. Check the events calendar for live music to accompany your dinner and drinks.



  • Go Organic.

    Food and Thought calls itself “the organic general store,” and alongside the garden section and the clothing racks is a juice bar and café knocking out healthy breakfast favorites. Pick from fruit smoothies, veggie juices or full meal options like breakfast burritos. 

  • Nature Walk.

    If boating through the swamps of Florida seems daunting, try walking on the meandering wooden boardwalks of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The 2.25-mile path goes through pine flatwood, wet prairie and around a marsh, ending in the largest old growth bald cypress forest in North America, towering 130 feet. You’ll spot animals (at a safe distance) from deer to alligators to the striking painted bunting bird.

  • Relax at the Spa.

    After a few hours of nature walking, it’s time to relax at the Massage and Facial Center. Choose from signature treatments like the Warm Stone Massage or the Vitamin C Brightening Facial, or everyone in the group can pick their own from the spa menu. 

  • Surf and Turf.

    When you’re out with a group or even just a picky eater, you need a menu that excels at variety. With offerings like filet mignon, halibut and duck breast on the menu, The Grille at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is sure to please your crowd. 

  • Continue the Fun.

     If you want one more drink after dinner, check out the Signature Bevys menu at the newly opened The Bevy, where just-tweaked cocktails like the Fig Daiquiri and the Bourbon Nut Sour are on order. Don’t miss their selection of mocktails, as well.