Welcome to Naples!
Located in Collier County, Naples is recognized as one of wealthiest cities in the United States, with an approximate population of 22,000. According to the latest statistics, Naples boasts the second highest ratio of millionaires per capita in the US.
Beaches, Parks and Recreation
The draw for many to live on this 10 mile stretch of white sand is not surprising, considering Naples beaches are known for cleanliness and pristine white sand. In 2005, the Travel Channel voted Naples the best beach in America.
Several beaches are on this part of the Naples coastline including Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Barefoot Beach Preserve, Sea Gate Beach, 3rd Ave Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, Seagate Beach, Lowdermilk Beach Park and Naples Pier Beach. Naples Pier was the first constructed in 1888 and still remains the most popular fishing spot and area for dolphin sightings. Each has their own pleasures to enjoy, such as tennis, bocce, softball, scenic trails for hiking and cyclists, lakes for kayaking and much more.
The Naples area is home to several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is known for a 2.5 mile long boardwalk, which winds through the sanctuary. Found at Caribbean Gardens, The Naples Zoo dates back to 1919.
Locals and tourists alike enjoy a wide range of high-end shopping, including 3rd Street South and 5th Avenue South shopping districts which stretch from the downtown to the beach. These shops boast both current trends and a variety of antiques. Gallery Row is home to several art galleries, while the Village on Venetian Bay provides upscale open-air shopping. Additional open-air settings can also be found at the upscale Waterside Shops and Tin City. Tin City specializes in antiques and handmade novelties. The Big Cypress Marketplace also boasts over one hundred vendors.
The culinary arts discovered in Naples are some of the finest. Local restaurants include world-class experiences including choices ranging from Seafood, Mediterranean, Cuban, Italian, Middle Eastern, Latin to American, among others.
The educational opportunities are limitless, as there are several high ranking schools to choose from. Whether seeking a worthy preschool age location or a prominent high school, there are public and private options to choose from. Sea Gate Elementary (K-5) and Mason Classical Academy (K-12) are prime examples of top-rated schools in Naples.
Several locales are home to performance art and musical entertainment. The Naples Players, Naples Shakespeare Festival, Opera Naples, and Equity Theatre Companies provide outlets for these performers. The Naples Philharmonic and the Baker Museum are located at Artis, an educational campus for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic Youth Chorus.