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NAPLES,  FLORIDA

I lived in Naples Florida for several years, and could dedicate an entire website to nothing but the town and its delights.

Maybe I will at some time in the future.

The focus of present day life in Naples are the two historic business districts: Fifth Avenue South and Third Street.

Old Naples Florida Is The Historic District

Great restaurants and shops abound in both districts, which are in the heart of what is known as Old Naples.

Downtown Naples and Old Naples feature many art shows and classic car shows in the season.

Cambier Park is a local treasure in the heart of the city that has free movies every Saturday evening in season, and free band concerts every Sunday afternoon.

Naples, Florida Third Street Fountain

Free concerts are also held in the summers at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

Downtown Naples also features the Sugden Theater, a community showcase for live plays, and the Norris Center, a smaller venue at Cambier Park for plays and small musical events.

Von Liebig Art Center is on the northwest corner of Cambier Park.

It features wonderful art exhibits all year long.

Naples, Florida Auto Show

The Pelican Bay development just north of town features the Philharmonic Center For The Arts completed in 1989 at a cost of almost $20 million.

The "Phil", as locals call it, has a full program of music, dance and theater. Many traveling art exhibits also stop at the adjacent art museum.

Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the Everglades, whose nearest entrance is at Everglades City. You can explore the Everglades on foot or by canoe or airboat.

Naples Florida Sculpture

You can even ride in a swamp buggy. Guided tours in these uniquely Naples machines are offered by Everglades Island Airboat Tours.

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is also a favorite Naples attraction.

The Naples area also has dozens of parks and wildlife preserves, and a world class botanical garden.

The town has done a great job of preserving its historic residences and commercial buildings. Check out Palm Cottage, maybe the oldest building in Naples.

Recommended Naples Restaurant

TACO MIX

4288 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Tel:  239-498-9448

Taco Mix is a place you might never stop at if you didn't have local information.

Taco Mix Bonita Springs, Florida

 It was not even mentioned on TripAdvisor when I first visited it a few years ago, but I checked it out on Urban Spoon. It is on the right hand side of Bonita Beach Boulevard west of Tamiami Trail on the way to the beach.

The restaurant itself is almost hidden behind a convenience store of the same name. The restaurant is small and clean, and even has a drive through window that locals are well aware of but that a tourist might completely miss.

Once inside you will see a counter where you place your order from a menu on the wall above. You place your order, then sit at one of the tables or booths in the bright and open dining room to your right. A waiter or cook or owner (or all three) will bring your order to your table.

I have loved tacos since they were first introduced to me by my sister-in-law Wendy in 1973. Since then, I can't get enough of them. Taco Mix has the best tacos I've ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot of them. In my opinion, their offerings beat the big chains all to heck.

Hard shell or soft shell ground beef tacos cost $ 0.85 each. They also have soft shell chicken tacos for $ 2.00 each. They have steak burritos, quesadillas, Cuban sandwiches and more. You can't go wrong.

The owner and his family are Cuban, so there are plenty of dishes from that Caribbean country. One of my favorites is picadillo, a specially spiced ground beef served with rice and plantains.

This small restaurant is a place where you can feed three adults and two kids for about $20. I know it can be done because I did it. Prices are very reasonable, especially by Naples and Bonita Springs standards. There are enough locals that come in to keep prices and quality on a better level than most places that just cater to tourists.

They have beer, but no hard liquor. If you like Tex-Mex and Cuban, you will love this place.

HOW TO FIND NAPLES FLORIDA

Naples Fla is in the far southwestern corner of the state at the intersection of US-41 and SR-84. These were once the main north-south and east-west routes, but have now been supplemented and replaced to some degree by I-75.




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