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Perfect Weekend

How much fun and relaxation can you pack into one weekend? As it turns out, quite a lot. Naples is compact enough that you can move easily between pristine nature, sophisticated shopping and delicious dining. There’s even time for taking in the glorious sunset over the white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast. Turn off your email and prepare for the perfect weekend.



  • Brunch First.

    Weekend getaways call for indulgent brunch menus, and that’s just what EJ’s Bayfront Café specializes in. The banana-stuffed French toast is their signature dish, but for those looking for more savory options, they offer a selection of eggs Benedict combinations, skillets, omelets and more. There might be a little wait on the weekends, but the line moves quickly. 

  • Beach Walk.

    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park offers not only a stretch of pristine beach and panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, but activities ranging from strolling to canoeing to fishing are available, as well. For a short but beautiful walk, take the shady Observation Tower Trail through a coastal hammock. 

  • Art Break.

    Head out of the sun and into the cool rooms of the Baker Museum. Housed within the Artis–Naples complex, which also includes the Naples Philharmonic, the museum mixes pieces from its permanent collection with traveling and curated exhibitions. On top for the coming year are impressionist masterworks and contemporary artists. 

  • Shopping Break.

    Luxury shopping gets a view at Waterside Shops, where Gucci and Louis Vuitton mingle with other household names in a unique outdoor location. The upscale shopping area offers a mix of well-known designer boutiques for men, women and the home alongside dining options if a snack break is needed.  

  • Dine Outdoors.

    Eating outside year-round is one of the highlights of visiting southern Florida. Campiello takes full advantage with its scenic courtyards and balconies off the historic Naples Mercantile Building. Order one of the critically acclaimed homemade pastas and rotisserie-grilled meats, or stay simple by splitting a pizza and a bottle of wine. 



  • On the Green.

    Start your day with a quick round of golf on one of the two Greg Norman-designed courses at the Tiburón Golf Club. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the courses reflect Norman’s appreciation for pristine natural settings — including no conventional rough. 

  • Vive la France.

    The French is a stylish new entry onto foodie favorite Fifth Avenue South from Chef Vincenzo Betulia. The brasserie offers hearty, traditional French cooking with local ingredients in a tile-floored space with warm light and dark wood accents. Linger over desserts like Citron Tart and Cherry Clafoutis, maybe even with an after-meal liqueur. 

  • Stroll Downtown.

    Strike out after lunch for a walking tour of the city. Downtown Naples is a relatively compact area, with the major shopping streets of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South acting as guide rails. The historic pier is a highlight of any walking tour with an unparalleled view of the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Afternoon Tea.

    If you need a break from shopping and strolling, stop into Brambles, a cheery traditional tearoom. After you have your Devonshire Cream tea with scones, strawberries and clotted cream, peruse the gift shop for fun teapots and bone china mugs to take home as souvenirs. 

  • Become Timeless.

    Chef David Nelson is behind Timeless – an MHK Eatery, a bright all-white restaurant with an open kitchen and seasonally driven menu. Choose from coal oven-fired pizzas with unique toppings or local Florida grouper paired with a signature mocktail. 

  • Sunset Cruise.

    End your weekend by sailing into the sunset — literally. Sweet Liberty offers nightly sunset cruises out of the Naples City Dock. Relax as the sails go up and the sun starts dipping down to the horizon line of the Gulf of Mexico. The round trip is a little over an hour — plenty of time to snap golden-hour photos to document your perfect weekend.