Naples is approximately a two-hour drive from Miami and is the most famous city on the Paradise Coast. Expect to find a mix of quiet beaches, a small town full of shops, trendy restaurants and cafes, unforgettable sunsets and luxury hotels. Here are a few tips to enjoy a trip from Miami to Naples.
There are plenty of reasons to include Naples in your next trip to Florida. The city is a stronghold of everything we like the most: good shops, great cuisine, good hotels, a beach with white sand and with the right to visit dolphins, a breathtaking botanical garden that is so beautiful, a zoo for the little ones, and a charming center.
The city is famous for being the refuge of wealthy Americans and Europeans who flee the harsh winter of their cities to enjoy the hot climate of Naples. In other words, essential items in your suitcase: sunscreen, beachwear and sunglasses. Bags packed? Take the road from Miami to Naples and enjoy.
The most famous hotel in the city is the Ritz-Carlton, responsible for putting Naples on the luxury route. One of the units is the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. If you are a golf fan this is your hotel. And the other is the Ritz-Carlton Naples, with six restaurants, a gigantic pool and facing the beautiful beach with the sea of the Gulf of Mexico. Neither is very close to the center, but you can hire a limousine service that can drive you anywhere with luxury and comfort.
For those who don’t give up on good shopping, it’s worth walking along Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South which, in addition to being charming, host the most popular restaurants and bars and are full of luxury stores and galleries from local brands.
Head to Continental Naples (reservation recommended), located at 1205 Third Street. The space is hotly contested, with charming outdoor seating and a menu famous for its steaks and, of course, the freshest seafood. The house desserts are also delicious and worth the calories (pumpkin pie is seasonal, but if you have a day, ask for it!).
Another shopper’s paradise is the Waterside Shops, an open-air space with stores such as: Salvatore Ferragamo, Banana Republic, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, among others.
A delicious and healthy option is the True Food Kitchen, with several units spread across the country. The chain has been successful with its salads, bowls and menu that specifies what is gluten-free, what has lactose, what is vegan or vegetarian, the calories in each dish. A place that can offer healthy food with lots of flavors.
The famous gardens
Something that needs to be on your itinerary is visiting the Naples Botanical Garden. With 170 acres of land, lakes, works and sculptures that mingle in the gardens set aside good hours of your day to walk leisurely and enjoy all the beauty of the place. There are seven themed gardens dedicated to the flora of different countries.
For children, the Naples Botanical Garden has a special area, the Smith Children’s Garden. The little ones can take a trip through trees, sea and all the native ecosystems of Florida – and the coolest thing, during the trail they can create a masterpiece with chalk, climb to the top of the treehouse or explore the river of grass from the perspective of a spider. They can also play in the water fountains, water the plants, and enjoy the butterflies at the Pfeffer-Beach Butterfly House.
Another place kids love is the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, as well as going to the Everglades National Park (about 40 minutes from Naples) for an airboat ride in the famous Florida swamp.
It’s impossible to talk about Naples without mentioning its sunset – an attraction that should be appreciated every day of your trip there. One of the most popular places to watch this spectacle of nature is the Naples Pier. Here, the tip is to enjoy this moment sitting on the beach and not on top of the pier.
Another great place to say goodbye to the day is the Sunset Beach Bar counter, next to the Naples Beach Hotel. It is open to non-guests and guarantees a privileged view with access to the sand. We also recommend A boat trip to enjoy this moment, in addition to taking advantage of the tour to appreciate the seaside mansions of Naples. The large boat offers snacks and sparkling wine to toast the sunset.
So, are you ready to take a trip from Miami to Naples? With Mundi’s limo service and city tour, you can enjoy it in style!