Naples: The Glamourous Queen on the Gulf

Naples, Florida, and its surrounding communities—like Cape Coral and Ft. Myers—are great destinations for those who love to be outdoors. For golfers, it’s paradise. Players of all levels can try out their games at courses like Naples Grande, Colliers Reserve, or the famous Old Corkscrew Golf Club. And families can enjoy the sunnier days out on the water—where bottlenose dolphins enjoy playing in the wakes of boats that cruise past Sanibel or Captiva Island, known to generate some of the world’s most beautiful shells on their beaches. Beyond the outdoor activities, Naples also is known for its sophistication and glamour—especially when it comes to shopping and dining. 

Third Street South, the downtown area in the heart of Old Naples, began at the turn of the 19th century as a sporting destination. After World War II, a wealthy heir to a major American fortune brought several high-end shops that suited his family and friends to Third Street South; successive generations of his family have continued to uphold the highest standards. 

Today, Third Street South is a destination in the tradition of Worth Avenue, Jobs Lane, and Nantucket’s cobblestone Main Street. Enhanced by carefully tended landscaping, plazas, and fountains, part of the pleasure of Third Street South is its pet-friendly point of view. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are even welcomed and wanted at the nationally recognized Third Street South Farmer’s Market every Saturday.

Shoppers can explore boutiques like Marissa, a store known nationally for its designer clothes, superb shoe collection, and irresistible accessories. Or John Craig, cited by Esquire as one of the country’s leading men’s shops, which specializes in bespoke suits, Peter Millar sportswear, and accessories to please any gentleman. Gattles has supplied loyal clients from across the country with the finest linen brand, Porthault included, for well over three-quarters of a century. And Gretchen Scott has her own brightly colorful eponymous designs for women, with interesting antiques and accessories sprinkled throughout the store, while Sara Campbell’s attractive clothes flatter and enhance. 

And if you don’t plan to cook your own farm-to-table meal, there are seven excellent and varied restaurants, some nationally recognized. Campiello is superbly Tuscan; Sea Salt offers innovative Venetian-inspired food; The Continental specializes in the best of meats; and Ridgway’s has been well known for its mouth-watering French American food for decades. Jane’s provides the best breakfasts for miles around and is a highly popular and desirable spot for lunch. And The Old Naples Pub, with its cozy old Florida wood-paneled bar, has been pleasing customers for over three decades.   

Naples has it all: natural beauty, Southern culture, excellent service, unique shopping, and culinary delights. What are you (and your puppy) waiting for?