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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Naples, Florida: Exploring the Paradise of Southwest Florida

The best way to describe Naples is “beautiful”! The beaches are beautiful, the shopping centers are beautiful, and the gardens are beautiful!

Where We Stayed

The Fairways Inn of Naples

Find out more about the Fairways Inn in my post here

Places We Visited

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has beautiful white sand beaches and clear turquoise water. Shelling is good if you can beat the locals to the beach in the mornings. After about 10am, it gets fairly crowded.

Hours: 8 a.m. to Sundown, daily

Entry Fee: $6 per vehicle

Address: 11135 Gulfshore Drive, Naples FL 34108

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is 170-acre tropical paradise featuring plants from around the world.

Hours: 9am - 5pm, daily

Entry Fee: Adults $19.95 Child (4-14) $9.95 

Address: 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112


Upscale community containing condos, boutiques, and fine dining on Naples Bay.

Parking is very limited.

Address: 436 Bayfront Pl, Naples, Florida 34102

5th Avenue

Things to do - Upscale shopping, hotels, and dinning

Address: Downtown area

Parking on or near 5th Avenue is impossible to find. We finally found parking in front of the Cambier Park Softball Field   

  Where we parked address: 585 Park St, Naples, FL 34102  

Naples City Dock

We visited some of the cutest boutiques around the dock area!

Address:  880 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102 

The Village Shops on Venetian Bay 


4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL 34103

T J Maxx

Someone told us they had some Lilly Pulitzer dresses there, so we had to check it out. 😀

Address: 5018 Airport Pulling Road North, Naples, FL 34105

Tigertail Beach (Marco Island)

We did not get a chance to visit Marco Island on the trip, but it is amazing! You can read about my trip there with the hubby here.

What we thought of Naples

This was my second trip to Naples, but my mother and daughter's first. Getting around was easy and everything was closer than it seems on a map.

Three generations of opinions to help you decide what you may like best! lol

 My favorite places were Naples Botanical Garden and Delenor Wiggins state park.

 My daughter favorite places were 5th Avenue and Delenor Wiggins state park.

My mothers’ favorite places were Naples Botanical Gardens and the hotel (Fairways Inn of Naples)

Overall, we all loved Naples and can’t wait to return!

Happy Travels!

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