Naples eats, sleeps and breathes golf. The restaurants buzz with who made a birdie and who made a bogie. The sheer variety of golfing adventures makes Naples a golfer's paradise. Enjoy water hazards, long fairways, scenic greens or bunker play. Watch eagles and ospreys soar as you wait for your tee time.
Golf is a way of life in Naples, to the point of having the most golf courses per capita on the planet. Major tournaments, including the LG Championship Seniors Tour are held in Naples. Living on a golf course is a major event here-your Naples real estate may have been designed by a golfing legend like Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer.
Golf is a big part of Naples lore. Lindbergh used to land his single engine plane on the fairways at the nine-hole Naples Beach Hotel Course until a new employee ran him off.
The Everglades is the largest subtropical preserve in America, at 1.5 million acres. This mysterious wilderness has hundreds of plant species, 40 types of mammals and 350 types of birds.
There are so many ways to tour the 10,000 islands of this unusual and breathtaking ecosystem. Strike out on your own in a canoe or kayak, and you'll think you're in a time machine. These small types of boats have been chosen for their low ecological impact.
Or climb aboard an environmentally friendly naturalist led tour of tropical jungle and flat water rivers. Don't miss the sawgrass savannahs, beaches and mangrove tunnels. Your boat will glide closely enough to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot of manatees and dolphins. Choose from all day, overnight, historical, fishing and moonlit tours.
Check out Everglades City, an unspoiled fishing hamlet, where you can munch on crab claws. Shake off your big-city tension while hiking or hunting for shells. There are other major parks with superb interpretive nature centers close to Everglades City.
Naples Zoo and Historical Gardens
Take a break from touring Naples Homes for Sale long enough to take your kids to the zoo. Animal exhibits have been cleverly integrated with ancient trees and plants dating from 1919-Panther Glade, Tiger Forest and Monkey Island. A special Tropical Plant Trek with a master gardener is offered on weekends, where you can see the tall bunya trees, porcupines burrowing into teakwood trees and magnificent tigers shaded by a traveler's tree from Madagascar.
Interpretive tours are conducted throughout the day. Or walk a mile-long path on your own to see gibbons, impalas and Komodo dragons. Don't miss the carnivorous Asian deer, which barks like a dog!
A Primate Expedition Cruise lets you see apes, lemurs and monkeys up close and personal. Or, just sit and watch their hilarious antics for hours on end from special observation areas. Let your kids check out the Meet the Keeper Series, Snake Sunbathing, and Alligator Bay Feeding time.
Perhaps best of all, Naples Zoo is actively involved in animal conservation, and visitors are invited to help with this effort. The zoo periodically plays host to wildlife groups, and donates to their animal preservation activities. Part of every zoo admission is donated to save our animal friends.
Now that your Naples real estate agent has found you the perfect home, reward him with a tour of the best night spots. If you like a trendy Friday evening scene, hang with the young professionals at Fifth Avenue South. Drop in at Zoe's after 11 pm, or get your Irish on at Paddy Murphy's. At Paddy's every day is St. Patty's Day, and every Wednesday is Ladies Night.
For music lovers, there's the Old Naples Pub, or Tommy Bahama's for a tropical twist. If you're hungry, eat at Naples' biggest al fresco dining area--Campiello's.
Check out the big hotels for upscale entertainment options. Club Zanzibar has a safari theme, so wear your hottest animal print. Or, if your tastes are more modern, dance and people watch in a fiber optic wonderland at The Ritz Carlton's Club.