Naples/Gulf Coast Treasures
Naples and Marco Island
Naples and Gulf Coast Treasures such as Marco Island have won countless accolades and often take the top spot on “best of” lists. Here is a shortlist of the best area beaches as well as an idea of what you and your family can expect to experience in this truly gorgeous region of southwest Florida.
Open to the public and offers direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, white sand, and is abundant with collectible shells. This magnificent strand also offers amenities including concessions, restrooms and showers, a parking garage, and handicap access.
Tigertail Beach Park
Tigertail! How could you not love the name? This is a family-friendly, white-sand beach (a barrier island in the making) where you and your little cubs can enjoy bird watching, great shelling, and spectacular sunsets. This park also has a playground, picnic area with grills, and full facilities so you can bond over bbq and make lifelong memories.
Naples Municipal Beach
Its residential surroundings give this beach a low-key feel and its Naples Pier is a classic focal point. This pier dates back to 1888 and was originally used for freight and ship passengers. Now, it features a concession stand, parking access, and restrooms plus, you can fish with no fishing license required.
If the beach is not your scene or when you just want to see the true glowing joy on the faces of your little buoys and gills, head over to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon the local premier water park. The park offers full facilities and features four pools, a splash playground, interactive water feature, and five thrilling water slides. Got little ones? The Tadpole Pool is a special area for toddlers to get their splash on. One million gallons of water (and millions of visitors) cannot be wrong!
Naples Botanical Garden
On a day when you just want to relax and calmly connect with nature, visit this colorful paradise that features six tropical cultivated gardens represents the plants and cultures from around the globe. The entire family will enjoy Caribbean, Asian, Water, Orchid, and Children’s Gardens as well as lush natural habitats, a birding tower, and a Butterfly House. Make an afternoon of it with refreshments from the Fogg Cafe’s impressive menu and pick up beautiful souvenirs at the Berger Shop in the Garden.
World-Class Dining and Shopping
Even though Naples is also an affordable family destination that appeals to nature and beach lovers, it is also well known for its high-end shopping, vibrant art culture, and upscale dining. Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the hotspots for Naples shopping in the historic downtown area and is dotted with art galleries, chic clothing boutiques, and home decor shops. Here you can also dine with breathtaking water vistas at upscale Naples beachfront restaurants or enjoy a libation with a view at a cool bayside bar.