Naples Holidays 2017/2018
Ritzy, glitzy and buzzing with culture, Naples is a favourite "second home" spot with celebrities – and once you've spent a bit of time here you'll see why. The city's glorious coastline, stylish stores and pedestrian promenades make it a fantastic place to relax in, and with a packed programme of music and art festivals throughout the year, there's always something to see and do.
Naples is also known for its many incredible beaches – from the family-friendly and fun to the secluded and beautiful, there's no shortage of sands to choose from in and around the city. South Marco Beach, Bonita Beach and Vanderbilt Beach are a few of the most popular, but there are many more!
Shopping is a local pastime, and there are hundreds of unique retailers scattered throughout the city. Local cuisine makes great use of the seafood dishes typical of Florida's Gulf Coast, often with a distinctly Italian twist – this is Naples, after all.
Add to this a lively nightlife scene where you can enjoy live music, cocktails and craft ales as you watch the famous Florida sunset, and Naples has all the ingredients for an unforgettable break in the sun.
Things to do in Naples
Naples is famous for its beautiful and challenging golf courses, with more than 90 courses in total. While many of them are private, there are plenty of excellent public courses to try, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club and two courses at Tiburon Golf Club.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a must-see for kids and adults alike. With dozens of exotic animals to see, including tigers, giraffes, hyenas, zebra and leopards, as well as a fully-fledged botanical garden to explore, the zoo promises a fantastic day out for nature lovers.
If you have a motorhead in your party, The Revs Institute offers a high-speed collection of more than 100 rare and classic automobiles. The world-famous Collier Collection runs from the ancient (an 1896 Panhard & Levassor) to the modern (a 1995 McLaren F1). No museum pieces here – all cars in the collection are kept in perfect working order!
Art fanatics should head to the Baker Museum, a three-story, 15-gallery collection of modern art. With permanent exhibitions of 20th-century Mexican art, American modern art and contemporary sculpture, as well as a constantly changing selection of temporary exhibitions, it offers a fascinating insight into the art and artists who shaped the modern world.
Where to eat in Naples
As you’ll find across all of Florida, the people of Naples take eating seriously - from fresh-caught seafood to traditional Italian fare, there’s no end of choice when it comes to dining. Fifth Avenue South has many of the most famous spots in town, and you can’t go wrong around the waterfront either.
Mangrove Café offers dishes inspired by global cuisine with a contemporary twist. Sweet and sour snapper, neapolitan chicken rollatini and traditional British fish and chips with coleslaw and remoulade are just a few of the items on the menu, with a variety of great desserts to sample too.
For fine dining, Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House is an award-winning restaurant with inventive preparations of local seafood and juicy steak. Trout almondine, seafood primavera and petrossian caviar are some of the delights on offer, and if you’re looking to try the famous Florida stone crab, it’s one of the best places in town.
If you’re in the mood for a flaming hot barbecue, Michelbob’s does wings, ribs, burgers and steaks like no place in town - and all drowning in sauce. With locations in Naples and Marco Island, this classic smokehouse is a favourite with the locals - booking ahead is definitely advised!
Where to shop in Naples
Shopping is big business in Naples, and you’ll find all kinds of stores and outlets all over the city - from tiny boutiques to big department stores.
The Village Shops on Venetian Bay is a fantastic place to spend some cash and get a bit of sun while you’re at it. This waterside open-air shopping centre is filled with boutiques and cafés, including gifts and souvenirs at A Horse of a Different Colour, men’s designer fashion at Mondo Uomo and fine wines at Sukie’s Wine Shop. With loads of independent stores to explore and beautiful surroundings, it’s become known as the “jewel of Naples” for good reason.
There’s even more choice at Fifth Avenue South, a trendy, bohemian area that serves as the heart and soul of Naples. As well as fashion, art, jewellery and gifts, there’s a selection of salons and spas to recharge in and even a few theatres if you fancy catching the latest productions.
For a more laid-back and quirky shopping experience, try Crayton Cove. Located in the original Old Naples, this historic area has bags of nautical charm, plenty of galleries to browse and a few great restaurants to try.
Nightlife in Naples
Naples might be a laid-back kind of town, but there’s plenty of fun to be had after dark. Old Naples and Marco Island to the south of the city have many of the most popular nightspots, but spend a bit of time out and about and you’ll discover lots of places to drink and dance.
For an authentic American Irish pub, Paddy Murphy’s is hard to beat. Run by a pair of real Irishmen, it’s got a great selection of beers on tap, including - of course - Guinness and Harp, as well as a few lesser-known ones. Drop in on a weekend for live music, a friendly atmosphere and some very appealing drinks deals.
Sunset Beach Bar and Grill is the place to go if you want to catch the Florida sunset at its best. With the sea on one side and a golf course on the other, it’s got a great selection of cocktails and an open-air grill serving local seafood late into the night. If you’re more into relaxing with a fruity drink than dancing the night away, this is the place to do it.
On the other hand, if you do want to listen to some tunes and get jiggy on the dancefloor, Dimension Nightclub is one of the best places in town. With salsa, reggaeton and more playing until 2am, it’s Naples’ premier dance spot.