Why Naples? As a family of 5, we knew we needed a destination that had something to offer everyone in our family, both now as well as in the years to come. Between the beautiful white sand beaches for our children to play on, large array of casual and fine dining options (as we like to eat out far more than we ever care to admit), the mix of local boutiques for those one of kind items that make for great conversation pieces back home mixed with the high end shopping, and lastly the year round entertainment offered by day for kids and by night for adults – we instantly knew Naples would soon become our favorite getaway. There is truly something for everyone in Naples and each person is sure to have their own favorite!
What also attracted us to Naples was the location, as it is a quick drive to other popular tourist destinations, such as Marco Island and Fort Myers, and a quick ferry ride to Florida’s Keys. All of these places make for wonderful day trips, filled with a variety of activities and things to do.
Gumbo Limbo: This restaurant, located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, is a favorite for both tourists and residents alike. We made this spot a priority to visit as it came highly recommended by almost everyone during our first trip to Naples. We won’t give away too much so just trust us on this one. Go for lunch or an early dinner and thank us later!Sample the ocean’s delicacies amidst waterfront views and warm Gulf breezes at Gumbo Limbo, the casual seafood restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Located directly on the water, Gumbo Limbo features an ever-changing menu of expertly prepared dishes, coupled with an innovative cocktail list. The sound of crashing waves provides the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
- Serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Dinner nightly from 5 p.m. to 8:30pm.
- Available to both resort guests and non-guests
EJ’s Bayfront Cafe: Rated “Best Breakfast” by Naples Daily News, where breakfast is served all day, is an absolute must! The menu has everything you can possibly think of as far as breakfast food goes and on top of that has a beautiful view of the marina!
Eric Becker is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St Louis, Missouri. The Cuisine Diploma, a comprehensive and rigorous training program, is taught by leading Chefs from the culinary world. It provides a solid grounding in professional techniques and explains how to take classic dishes and give them an original and contemporary new style.
Previously Becker was employed as a line cook at Governors Run Golf and Country Club in Carlyle Illinois. Later he became the Food and Beverage Manager at Hilton Golf and Country Club St. Louis, Missouri. He was also a partner at Eli’s, a restaurant and lounge in Carlyle, Illinois.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens: This will most likely be one of the most talked about and memorable parts of your child’s trip to Naples.This is the perfect all day activity as the zoo offers a variety of shows to attend throughout the day as well as a ride on their Primate Expedition Cruise! Chances are you can go to the zoo back home, but this zoo is truly spectacular and definitely worth checking out. Our kids are always asking when they can go back to feed the giraffes.
In Naples Zoo, you’ll find exotic animals surrounded by the mature trees and exotic plants of a historic tropical garden founded in 1919. As the botanical collection was planted fifty years before the animals were introduced, the exhibits carefully maximize the space around decades old trees. Because of this special need to conserve space, you will be very close to the animals — often just three or four steps away!
Botanical Garden: We love this spot and think you will, too. This is unlike any other botanical garden you have been to before, we promise! While we could tell you all about it, we truly think you have to go in person to experience the beauty and treasures firsthand. Be sure to check out Fogg Cafe while you’re there. The food is absolutely delicious and worth the money. There you can enjoy some of the best views of the garden. We recommend getting there when the garden opens as, depending on the month you’re visiting, it can get hot walking around as the afternoon sun approaches. If you’re visiting during the winter months you’re in for a special treat! Starting in November the Botanical Garden offers a few fun holiday events, which include Night Lights and Hats in the Garden. In April they also offer another event April Foolin in the Garden, which we haven’t personally attended but people seem to love! No matter when you choose to visit, you won’t regret fitting this spot into your list of things to see/do!
Naples Pier: Who doesn’t love strolling down a pier after a long, well spent day on the beach? We definitely do! The sunrise and sunset that can be seen while at the Naples Pier is absolutely breathtaking and makes for great pictures. There’s something so relaxing about watching the sun go down and up especially with a pier in the background to add to the beautiful scenery. During your trip, don’t forget to try to pause and take some time to truly take in all of the beauty that surrounds you here in Naples. This is the perfect spot to do that. Be sure to check your phone for the time of sunrise/sunset on the day you plan to go.
The historic Naples Pier is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the West end of 12th Avenue South. The Naples Pier is a favorite location for sightseers. The Pier features restrooms, showers, a concession stand with covered eating area, and beach supplies.
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