By the time spring rolls around, most travelers have had their fill of snow and slush, single-digit temperatures and scraping ice from their windshields — and that’s precisely why so many flock to Florida, for our constantly sunny skies and beautiful beaches. But, as you likely know, Florida’s a big state and the travel experience you enjoy on one side of the state differs heavily from what you’ll experience on the other.
For us, though, the absolute best spot to visit in the Sunshine State is Naples and we’ll give you 10 reasons why.
1. Luxury shopping is within easy reach.
While you may think of major shopping destinations as Manhattan and Rodeo Drive, we find that Naples’ luxury shopping scene certainly offers a lot to love. Of course, you have La Maison Yamron for all of your luxury estate jewelry and pre-owned watch needs. From Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari to Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and more, you can find all your favorite high-end and designer jewelry brands with the help of our insightful staff. After visiting us, explore the rest of our Waterside Shops complex, which includes favorited luxury brands like Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue. You can also find a range of art galleries and clothing boutiques in our historic downtown area, along Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South.
2. There's no shortage of luxury hotels.
3. Beautiful beaches about.
4. amazing, local fine dining experiences are at every turn.
One of the most amazing parts of any trip or vacation, no matter where you travel, is the food. Luckily for you, Naples is no stranger to high-end dining. Did you know that Naples has received high honors in publications such as Conde Nast Traveler and USA Today for its food scene, and it has even been featured on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel for its culinary prowess?
A few restaurants to add to your Naples itinerary include The French, a French-style brasserie; Turtle Club, a dining experience on the water that you’ll definitely want to reserve in advance; and 21 Spices by Chef Asif, for international flavors at this Indian fine-dining eatery.
If you’re not up for making reservations and just want to see where your mood and tastebuds take you, try Fifth Avenue South, which is not only notable for its shopping, as mentioned above, but also its spectacular restaurants.
5. outdoor adventure is right at your fingertips.
If you (or just someone you travel with), love a good outdoor adventure, you’ll certainly find a fair amount of sporting activities in and around Naples.
Golfing is one of Naples’ most popular sports, as the city boasts more than 90 golf courses within city limits and has even been called the golfing capital of America.
If you’re not up for a bit of golf, you can also try fishing on the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Many charter providers will give you an entirely all-inclusive experience, with fishing equipment, guidance, meals, drinks and more, for a full day of fun out on the water. Of course, if you’re already an accomplished fisherman (or, rather, fisherwoman), you can always take your own craft out on the waters.
6. relaxation is on the menu.
With all our luxury hotels and well-traveled visitors in Naples, it’s safe to assume that we have plenty of luxury spas as well. Whether you’re seeking a specialty massage, beauty treatments or a one-of-a-kind, all-day relaxation experience that you won’t get anywhere else in the world, you can find it all and more at some of our favorite Naples spas.
Popular picks include the spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort, with its spa villa and immersive garden setting; the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, with its cafe and separate salon; and the Balinese-style spa at Marco Island Marriott.
7. naples is the perfect basecamp for further explorations.
If you’re staying in Naples for a week or more, it’s worth your time to expand your explorations of the area further, with short road trips to some of the nearby top spots, such as beautiful Pine Island, the Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Marco Island and even Key West. Naples puts you in a fantastic location to see more of Florida by car, and then return to the quiet, comfortable and luxurious Naples atmosphere when you’re ready.
8. fun events and festivals are on the calendar.
Mark your calendars now — if you’re planning a future trip to Naples and are unsure of the best time to visit, you may want to plan your trip around one of our many fun events.
The Naples Craft Beer Fest and the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival are both in March. Another beer festival takes place in November, with the Marco Island Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival. In April, the Mercato Spring Fling and Food Festival appeals to foodies and music lovers. Film aficionados will want to catch the Naples International Film Festival in October.
9. cold weather? it's a thing of the past.
Why do so many snowbirds flock to Naples? Because we boast some of the best weather in the entire country. With temperatures in the 70s through the winter and the 80s through the summer, and only a few days of rain during most months, we’re ideal for those who love reliably sunny skies.
Want to avoid the crowds who come to Naples during the best weather? Try a visit from June to November.
10. we're not alone in thinking we're so great.
But don’t just take our word for it. Naples is widely recognized as an amazing place to travel, as well as to retire.
The Today Show called Naples the happiest and healthiest city in the country. Kiplinger called us the top place to retire for your health. USA Today named us a top destination for luxury travelers. Redfin called Naples the top U.S. city for boaters and Conde Nast Traveler named Naples a top 5 place to retire in the United States.
ready to see what all the fuss is about?
We can’t wait to welcome you to Naples. Start your explorations of our beautiful city at La Maison Yamron, where fine jewelry, iconic brands and all-around luxury are awaiting your perusal.