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Planning Your Trip

This Floridian retreat is a family-friendly gem that sometimes flies under the radar. But for travelers looking for an escape or a place to recharge, Naples has all that you are looking for whether that is a fabulous round of golf or a sunshine-filled day at the pool. Here’s what to pack for this relaxation mecca on the Gulf of Mexico.



Naples is about staying active, so be sure to include some gear that will let you enjoy the outdoors on a tennis court, running trail or golf course.



  • Pack your whites — tennis is the official sport of this town, and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers world-class courts and lessons.  
  • Bring your golf clubs, because you do not want to miss out on playing the Tiburón Golf Club designed by “The Shark” Greg Norman.
  • Naples can be a bit more formal than other Florida destinations, so men should bring a sport coat for dinners and women should bring a shawl or light jacket to cover their shoulders.


Get in to the Naples active spirit by packing outfits that can serve a variety of duties. This is a town that loves to work out, making those moments of pure relaxation all the more earned.


  • Pack workout gear. The resort’s fitness center offers an array of classes from classic Hatha flow yoga to group cycling so you can burn calories in the morning to offset fabulous dinners at night.
  • For women, an extra-long scarf does double duty as a wrap skirt at the pool by day and a light shoulder cover-up at night.
  • Consider a mosquito-repellent scarf. Companies like Ex Officio and Orvis offer stylish options, which are useful whenever you travel to warm climates.


Naples offers a different scene than its wild sister cities on Florida’s East Coast. While still full of lively and exciting evening options, it bends a bit more toward traditional dress codes and country club-style outfits.


  • Lightweight layers like a light sport coat or cardigan sweater are a smart idea since Florida nights can get a bit chilly especially along the Gulf coast.  
  • Wedge and platform sandals can do double duty at the pool during the day, then out on the dance floor after the sun sets.
  • If you’re a man packing a coat or fitted dress shirt for dinners out, know that Floridians love cuff links with personality, e.g., with a favorite sports team or band.  
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Don't Forget:

Each February, 15 Major League Baseball teams head to Florida to take on spring training. This season, baseball fans can head out to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Their spring homes, JetBlue Park and Hammond Stadium, are just a 30-minute drive north of the resort. You can download the complimentary Florida Grapefruit League app to access schedules, stadium information, directions and ticket information.

Naples has some of west coast Florida’s best eateries, spas and Gulf of Mexico views. Here’s what to reserve in advance so you don’t miss out on the best this area has to offer.

Dining Reservations

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With house-smoked salmon and a legendary lobster bisque on its menu, The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is a must while you are at the resort. It’s a popular spot for locals as well, so make sure to reserve a table in advance.

Spa Appointments

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The main spa offerings at the resort — such as massages and restorative therapies — are offered exclusively to guests, but you should still consider reserving your appointment ahead of time. If you are having any sleep troubles or just need a real recharge, look into The Drift to Sleep experience, which is designed to promote relaxation and sleep while releasing tension.


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Enjoy the ultimate in comfort and privacy while scoring some shade in a cabana. Available from mid-November through early May, the private beach cabanas offer gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico from plush lounge chairs and are staffed by a cabana butler. The experience includes complimentary nonalcoholic drinks and a snack basket.


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Just a quick one-hour drive from Naples is Sanibel Island. This quaint and super low-key area has a shabby-chic vibe that visitors revel in. Check out the art galleries along Periwinkle Way, comb the beaches for seashells or just set up a picnic lunch at Bowman’s Beach. This is Florida’s version of Key West, just a bit higher up on the map.

Situated on the western coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is home to white-sand beaches, high-end shopping and fine dining. Stroll out onto the historic pier and take in the fiery sunset over the aqua water before heading to trendy Fifth Avenue South for a spectacular dinner and delectable drinks. Venture to the beach getaways that border it, such as Sanibel Island, or head into the nature preserves to experience the beauty of Florida’s flora and fauna.


Culinary Tour

When you think of dining on the Florida Gulf Coast, you’re bound to think of just-caught seafood, freshly squeezed orange juice and Key lime pies.


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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. 


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