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.
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.
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.
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
4288 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Taco Mix is a
place you might never stop at if you didn't have local information.
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.
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
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
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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