Naples, Florida is often in Gallup’s list of Happiest, Healthiest Cities in the U.S., and we have to say, we’re not surprised. There are hundreds of reasons why Naples is incredible, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five reasons why we absolutely love living here.
The Best Beaches
One of the top reasons people come to visit Florida is to explore our breathtaking beaches, and we get to enjoy them every single day! Looking for a new beach spot? Go for a stroll on the soft, white sands of Marco Island. Hang out with friends or cast a line for fun on the Naples Pier. Take in the natural beauty of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park or Barefoot Beach Nature Preserve. You really can’t go wrong when you plan a Naples beach day—after all, our humble stretch of coastline isn’t known as Florida’s Paradise Coast for nothing.
If the way to the heart is through the stomach, we’re completely head over heels for the Naples dining scene. Our list of favorite spots has been rapidly growing for the last few years with trendy restaurants, chic cocktail bars, rustic eateries, cute bakeries, craft breweries, exquisite fine dining and more. Besides getting to enjoy such delicious culinary delights on the regular, the cherry on top is having our hardworking restaurateurs get called out in publications like Conde Nast Traveler and Southern Living, which have named Naples as one of the top “foodie” cities in the country.
The Naples Style
From our Mediterranean and Neo-Mediterranean architectural styles to sophisticated and cutting-edge designs, there’s a feeling of elegance and fun that simply permeates Naples. Our downtown strips are decorated with colorful murals and stunning boutiques and buildings. The residential roads have beautiful dream houses (which can help inspire you to create your own home masterpiece!). We love how international influences and tropical luxury come together to give Naples a style all our own.
There is no shortage of excitement and fun to have in Naples. Whether you’re outdoorsy, artsy, a shopaholic, athletic, a party-goer or what, there are plenty of like-minded individuals to join in the fun.
Outdoors: There’s no place in the U.S. quite like the Everglades. Hiking, kayaking, air boating, paddle boarding, biking—there are many diverse options to try when you want to explore, and many groups you can join to find people with similar interests!
Arts: Between the many museums, historic sites, art galleries, theaters and festivals that happen all the time, we have so many opportunities to stretch our creative minds and artistic muscles.
Shops: Naples is known for our exquisite fashion, style and eclectic boutiques. Not many places can boast having so many popular, high-end name brand stores and unique artisan shops.
Sports: Golf, volleyball, pickleball—from the well-known to the more obscure, Naples hosts championship tournaments for many sports, and we’re lucky enough to get access to play on these world-class facilities all year long.
Pampering: Unwinding after a hard day is easy when we have so many luxurious spas and salons at our disposal. Manis, pedis, massages, facials—we live for the tranquil serenity that comes with a relaxing day of pampering.
Excellent Year-Round Weather
Florida is famous for our sunshine and beautiful weather, but did you know that Naples averages 300 sunny days every year!? That means 300 days of perfect weather for beach days, golf outings, downtown strolls, nature hikes, backyard and patio parties. Naples is an oasis from the harsh winters up North, and it’s no wonder that so many of us are transplants from colder climates. It’s hard to find a better place to live than paradise.
What is your favorite part about living in Naples?