Naples Florida

Naples, the clear winner!

So, you’re thinking about vacationing or perhaps buying property in Florida? Should you consider East Coast or Gulf… posh, rural, beach, bay or gated? Well, when you’re searching for THE place that delivers the most options, each ranking highest on the comparison scale with other Florida cities, Naples is the clear winner! Let’s take a look at why Naples stands out in the eye of the Florida residential consumer;

No matter where you land, the people you interact with daily are the most significant share of your comfort factor as a resident. Through its welcoming aura alone, Naples attracts and breeds “happy to be here” people from all over the world. Cultural diversity was never premeditated but rather, spawned through years of sophisticated growth in all facets of what truly attracts global interest. This cultural melting-pot is what strengthens and sustains Naples enduring value to those within and those looking to get in.

When considering a vacation or residency there are many characteristics that fall under that heading of “what really attracts” global interest. A few are categorized as underpinnings or foundation like safety and cleanliness while others, more Florida-specific, like Gulf beaches, architecture, dining, shopping and recreation make up the balance. Let’s focus on the later first as that’s where Naples resonates best within the mind of the discerning trendsetter.

The Naples dining and shopping experience runs the gamut from beachy-comfort to sophisticated elegance catering to whatever out-n-about mood you’re in. From small out of the way eateries serving up local favorites like Grouper & Chips or historic Buzz’s Lighthouse (gotta try the double-dog!) at Vanderbilt Beach to North Naples dining and shopping jewel Mercato, anchored by Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack and a 12-screen premier-style theater flanked by 12 notable restaurants, over 20 upscale retailers and luxury residential condominiums, to the place where chic Neapolitans live, shop, dine and play; 5th Avenue and Third Street South, Naples is far and away #1. Here you’ll find a multitude of boutique shops, outdoor cafes and artisans lining the streets in a seemingly endless array of picturesque surroundings. But wait, there’s more….

Naples beaches and recreational amenities are not only among the best in the country, they’re consistently ranked within the top ten – Its beaches alone rank within the top ten globally. The combination of 17 miles of pristine beachfront set against crystal clear Gulf waters and endless blue skies is one you can’t resist. Couple that with a hodgepodge of everyday outdoor activities like Gulf and backwater boating and fishing, golfing on one of 70 plus quality courses year-round and, your search for the best is nearly complete. In fact, a large number of homeowners prefer to reside within one of Naples many golf communities offering up-market luxury homes and top-notch amenities. Communities such as The Dunes, Aqua, and Talis Park are among the finest residential enclaves Naples has to offer.

The icing on the cake is the freebies that ride shotgun alongside coastal living at its finest. Sun-laden days with average air and Gulf temps in the mid 70 are followed by renowned sunsets that typically accompany that favorite beverage and many a neighbor and friend. There’s nothing quite like that moment when the sun bumps into the horizon and, it happens almost every day here!


Oil towns are out as boomers flock to retirement communities creating a shift in what factors drive economic growth for America’s towns.  While much of the focus is on Florida at large, the Naples metro area ranks at the top with an anticipated 4.9 percent jump in its economy according to a June Bloomberg Business report by Erin Roman, Read more….4.9 economic growth

Naples named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Small Cities in America list

For those of us that live, work and vacation here, this is certainly not surprising.  Conde Nast 2014 Readers Choice Awards ranks Naples at No. 20 of 30 best small cities in America.  Yet another prestigious moniker bestowed upon our revered coastal oasis.  Golf, sunshine and more! Read more….

Naples is considered one of the Best Small Towns

Recently the PacSafe Blog ranked “must-see small towns” and Naples, Florida made the list!

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The colorful buildings situated along the waterfront makes for an aesthetically pleasing small town. With year-round warm weather, locals build sandcastle, walk the beach and search for treasures in the surf. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like pelicans hanging out on the Gulf.

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Science says Naples, Florida is awesome. Well, duh!

We don’t want to brag, but Naples really is a highly desirable place to be.  There’s no doubt about it, and you don’t need a fancy scientific study to see that.  Yep, just open your eyes and look around at the magnificent natural beauty here, and it’s easy to see why Naples, Florida is such a great place to work, live and play.

Having said that, over the past couple of months there have been a multitude of studies published by various sources placing Naples in the top 10 for all kinds of factors ranging from happiness to health to romance to longevity of life.  Science is backing up what we Neapolitans have long known.  Continue reading >>

Local Farmer’s Markets and Organic Co-op’s

Everyone knows how important it is to eat fresh, whole foods.  Now, there is an easy way to enjoy a wonderful assortment of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and be a part of the community.

If you are in town for one month or more, fresh vegetables in your hotel suite or condo are a great way to keep everyone healthy and active.   There are several fresh farmers markets around town each weekend.  If you are in North Naples you can visit the Shops at Vanderbilt on the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport Pulling Road or, if you want to make a day of it, you can drive down to Third Street South. Continue reading >>

Growth in Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area continues!

A new study released in Sept 2013 by Local Market Monitor shows that the population of the Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area rose 11 percent during the past 12 months, second only to Miami statewide.

This information shines light on more good news for the local area.

The forecast for home prices in Naples-Marco Island shines brighter than it does for any other metro area in Florida, a national housing data firm says.  Local Market Monitor released its predictions for home prices in 19 Florida cities. The Cary, N.C., firm tracks 315 markets nationwide.

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Stone Crab Season!

Florida is not known for having four distinct seasons, unless of course you count “Hurricane Season,” or “High Season” or perhaps “Love Bug Season.”  But one season we do have, and one that we all love, is stone crab season. Continue reading >>

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – More Than Just Sand and Sun

All the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in Naples offer white sand, peaceful views, and the slow roll of the Gulf, but beaches like Delnor-Wiggins Sate Park offer that plus a whole lot more.  Due to the proximity of the area to the Wiggins Pass inlet, many people come to this area for its fishing and park amenities.

Fisherman love the northern tip of the beach where there is a no swimming zone.  The inlet offers prime fishing and it is not uncommon to find an abundance of sea life “jumping” in the area.  Fisherman line the shores here all day in this magnificent spot.

Another reason to explore the north end is to discover the north end tower; the tower gives visitors a view of the surrounding coastline and is the best place for sunsets with the horizon spread wide and long for you to enjoy. Continue reading >>

History of Vanderbilt Beach

Vanderbilt Beach is located between Naples and Bonita Springs on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  People come to this area for the natural beauty, wildlife and white sandy beaches.  Although you will find large hotels like the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort and La Playa Beach Hotel, the area maintains its small town charm with many smaller and less opulent hotels dotting this tranquil strip of land.  Single family homes and condos can also be rented for all or part of the season allowing visitors to experience Vanderbilt Beach like a resident.  But the beauty of the area has brought visitors to area hotels since the early 60’s.

The Moore Family has been welcoming guests at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort for over fifty years.  The Vanderbilt Beach Resort is a small, family owned and operated hotel located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida.  When Robert Moore purchased the hotel in 1968, it was the only motel on Vanderbilt Beach.  Continue reading >>