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Planning Your Trip

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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.

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What To Pack

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.

Summer Escape


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.
Weekend Getaway


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.
Evening Chic


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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What To Reserve

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

  • Get Caffeinated

    A good cup of coffee is a great way to start a day of culinary exploration, and Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery brews one of the best in town. The coffee shop uses beans from Florida roasters, including Naples’ own Black Tulip Coffee and Miami’s Per’La Specialty Roasters, for all their coffee drinks. Try a drip coffee or explore one of their specialty brewing methods like Chemex or a four-cup French press.

  • Juice Up.

    If you like a lighter touch for breakfast, start with a healthy acai bowl at the appropriately named The Bowl. Sit down and enjoy your breakfast in the airy space, or pick a smoothie like the filling Blueberry Brekkie to go.

  • Eat Local

    A good rule of thumb is, when in Florida eat all the local seafood and citrus you can. At The Local, they’ve taken that ethos to heart, creating a farm-to-table and a sea-to-table restaurant that changes the menu daily according to what produce is available. A great spot for vegans and carnivores alike, stop in at lunch for one of their large salads and a flatbread with Key West pink shrimp and local vegetables. 

  • Treat Yourself

    Now that you’ve had a healthy lunch, you can splurge a little for dessert. Sweet Melissa’s in Bonita Springs serves up homemade ice cream in a cheerful spot, loved by locals. Try their multiple takes on Key lime pie ice cream (either in a scoop or as an ice cream pie!) or go for something funkier like Red Velvet or Snickers. 

  • Monkey Around

    Monkey bread is a classic Southern treat, and the MonKey Bread Factory is working to put all the fun and flavor that they can into it. Their signature version is a cross between a cinnamon roll and a sticky bun, filled with a variety of unique fillings from coconut and Florida orange to maple syrup and bacon. Take your “bunz” to go with a cup of their house-brewed Lavazza coffee. 

  • Tin City

    Take a leisurely stroll through the Tin City complex, a series of renovated and restored former fishing industry buildings that now house boutiques and restaurants. It’s a perfect spot to pick up souvenirs and gifts to take home, along with antiques and handmade novelties.

  • Cocktails at Sunset

    The sunsets over the Gulf are fiery and long-lingering. Start your evening with a cocktail at the outdoor bar at Gumbo Limbo located at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Nibble on a shrimp cocktail while you toast a day well spent with the Gumbo Punch (spiced rum, banana liqueur, orange juice, grenadine, pineapple juice, topped with dark rum) or a traditional margarita on the rocks. 

  • Persian Feast.

    Traditional Persian food may not be the first thing you think of eating in Naples, but Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro has been a longtime fine-dining favorite on the chic Fifth Avenue South corridor. Choose between innovative takes on traditional favorites and classic kebabs off the grill. It is known for their lamb and eggplant specialties, but don’t miss their unique take on the cheese platter, as well.

  • Breakfast Alfresco

    Eating breakfast outside is one of the best parts of visiting Florida. Jane’s Garden Café is as known for their charming patio, tucked off the popular Third Street South, as for their Big Girl Mimosa. Treat yourself with pancakes, waffles or French toast — or dig into one of the options for breakfast sandwiches. Finish off with an almond milk iced vanilla macchiato for a jump on a balmy day.

  • Be Neapolitan.

    What happens when Naples, Italy, meets Naples, Florida? Dishes like the Sautéed Florida Snapper Piccata at Campiello Ristorante & Bar. Choose from traditional Italian dishes prepared with local ingredients, including wood-fired pizzas and house-made pasta.

  • The Key to Happiness

    You can’t go to Florida and not eat Key lime pie as often as possible. Tony’s Off Third refers to their crustless version as a tarte, but the taste is all there, traditional crust or not. Wander around the gourmet shop for a choice of wines, scratch-made baked goods and more before taking your tarte out to the patio. 

  • Island Time

    It’s an hour drive to Sanibel Island but a world away. Take in the white-sand beaches and slowed-down pace before heading over to The Claw Bar at Bay House to enjoy their famous snow crab claw and, oysters and an icy cocktail with spectacular water views. 

  • Kayaking Outing

    Take a guided kayak tour through the mangroves. Paddle while you hear about the native flora and fauna off Sanibel Island. If you’re looking for an even easier route, try the serene bay.

  • Market Fare

    There’s something to be said for knowing exactly where and when your fish is caught, and nothing gets you closer to the action than The Timbers, which is part fish market, part restaurant. Take your pick of the day’s catch, the largest oyster bar in southwestern Florida or even a sushi platter.

  • Frozen Treats

    What’s better than finishing a gorgeous beach day with a towering scoop of gelato? Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream has been a Sanibel Island tradition since 1980, with all the gelato, ice cream, sherbets and custards made on-site. Choose between the number of flavors you want, and you’ll get back a heaping portion topped with a standing animal cracker — the Pinocchio signature.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.