If ever a place merited its name, then Florida’s Paradise Coast certainly does. This beautiful area in Southwest Florida contains a multitude of attractions and 30 miles of white sand beaches. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to see and do on the Paradise Coast, to help you to make the most of your time here.
Outdoor activities on the Paradise Coast
Take your pick from a huge range of outdoor activities, including kayaking in the Everglades, shelling in Marco Island or exploring Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. You might well see some racoons as we did!
For a less energetic option, who could resist sunbathing on one of the many white sand beaches such as Barefoot Beach. At sunset, a catamaran cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the scenery and potentially spot some dolphins too.
Shopping in Naples
The region is one of the most affluent in the United States and the upmarket shops are a joy to browse. We met the lovely Marilyn at her spacious store, Marilyn’s, on Fifth Avenue. Her store specializes in European fashion and has extremely luxurious changing rooms as well as lots of drawers to open containing jewelry by independent fashion designers. She showed me how to style up a variety of outfits with hats, belts and jewelry. She really knows how to make women look their best and on her website there’s lots of useful advice including a hat guide for your face shape. I particularly liked her selection of Philip Treacy hats but there are many to choose from.
This is another photogenic store on Third Street South – Island Company specializes in luxury resortwear.
Also on Third Street, we admired the pink facade and huge selection of designer clothing at Marissa Collections. The store was launched 38 years ago by Marissa and her husband Burt and today they and their son Jay run it together. You will find in-store boutiques such as Bruno Cucinelli Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta as well as one of my favourite jewelry brands, Alexis Bittar. Marissa Collections also specialize in personal styling services and there’s a good range of make-up and skincare in store.
Wining and Dining on the Paradise Coast
Whether you’re a fan of seafood, steak or gluten free dining, there’s a wide range of options available. Lovers of Italian cuisine will appreciate Osteria Tulia and D’Amico’s The Continental whilst Maya is a good choice for Mexican and Bleu Provence is a lovely French restaurant. For seafront cocktails or dining, check out BALEEN at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort or the Kane Tiki Bar at the JW Marriott Marco Island.
In the Everglades, make sure to try the sustainable stone crab, which is really fresh and tasty.
Getting around the Paradise Coast
We chose a hire car from Hertz for ease and speed of collection. You can walk to quite a few of the top attractions but it’s handy to have a car to explore the whole area including the Everglades and Marco Island.
Where to Stay on the Paradise Coast
Two of our favourite hotels are conveniently located in Naples – firstly, Inn on Fifth. It has a fabulous roof top pool in the main hotel and an equally charming rooftop terrace at the luxurious Club Level Suites directly opposite.
Naples Bay Resort is another great option with lots of outdoor space and a Tuscan styled decor. It’s fun to watch the boats pass by whilst enjoying a drink on your terrace!
Finally, you can’t leave without enjoying the sunset at Naples Pier. We hope that our guide has inspired you to visit Naples, Florida and to capture some special moments like these for yourself.
What would your perfect trip to Naples, Florida include?