Our Ultimate Guide to the Top Attractions on the Paradise Coast

Our Ultimate Guide to the Top Attractions on the Paradise Coast


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!

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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.

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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.

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This is another photogenic store on Third Street South – Island Company specializes in luxury resortwear.

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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.

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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.

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In the Everglades, make sure to try the sustainable stone crab, which is really fresh and tasty.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

We were guests of VISIT FLORIDA and Florida’s Paradise Coast, with car hire provided by Hertz.co.uk. See loveflorida.co.uk for more on Florida. 

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  • What a gorgeous sunset!!

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  • I would have loved all that wonderful seafood!

    • It was all so fresh, and the stone crab in the Everglades was a unique experience

  • If I was here I would shout at racoons all the live long day. Like, really pleasant kind stuff, but I wouldn’t be able to resist their choochie little faces. I’d be all I LOVE YOU MR RACOON and people would be really angry at me by the time 3am rolled around…

  • This is insanely comprehensive, and I haven’t even watched your vlog yet (am struggling to even read my emails on hotspot while waiting for my fibre optic to be activated…ugh)! Your ‘HDR style’ of photography really lends itself to this post, every colourful detail is just jumping off the page and seducing me to Paradise (Coast) 😍

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    • That’s very kind, and I hope you like the vlog! It’s such a colourful place that I wanted to do it justice

  • Fresh stone crab is my favorite!! I’m also a huge fan of a lazy day sitting out on the beach or by the pool!

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    • We didn’t get many lazy days, I need to go back for those, though I did get to go in the lazy river 😉

  • Coco Cami

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing. I always want to travel after reading your posts 🙂

    Camille xo

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    • I’m so pleased it’s inspiring you to travel, Camille! Have a great week ahead

  • I like Marilyn’s shop; the kind which I wouldn’t leave empty-handed. And these prawns look so delicious!

    • Marilyn herself is lovely and her shop is a real treasure trove! As for the prawns, they were fantastic

  • alice

    Your contents are always so cool!!

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  • Agness

    This place is a real paradise Suze. It is super relaxing and not that busy! I would love to stay in the pool all day long while sipping a fresh coconut and blogging about my travel adventures! <3

  • Radi

    The shopping and the scenery looks incredible. I can definitely see myself exploring and having a great time there.

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  • It truly looks like Paradise – 30 miles of white sand beaches, incredible! Would love to try the stone crab and explore Naples with its beautiful shops!

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh Suze, this really does look like total paradise. For a girl that adores America, this needs to go at the top of my list. The sunset/beach shot is perfection!

    Elle
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    xx

    • I’m a big fan of America too, there’s something so relaxing about it and Naples is stunning

  • You’ve definitely inspired me to want to visit Naples – I’d never even heard of it until reading your posts! I think my credit cards would get a good workout on Fifth Avenue and Third street 🙂

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What cute racoons. A lovely roundup, you made me want to visit soon

  • Paola

    Wow, this place really does look like a paradise!
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  • This looks amazing!!

  • Such a great guide! I loved the video too, I’m a sucker for a visual when it comes to booking my next trip! x

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  • Franziska Mueller

    I like the area, too. Naples is my favorite place in Florida, although I have not been there recently because my favorite hotel there – Ritz Carlton – has raised its rates considerably over the last years. Maybe the two hotels you mentioned there, may be an alternative, but I think they are not on the beach …