This one is easily #1. Neapolitans come from all around the world. There are Midwesterners, New Yorkers, Canadians, Europeans and everything in-between. Naples is a global melting pot with one common denominator: everyone is extremely happy to live in this little piece of paradise.This attitude shows on the smiles and suntanned faces of most people you’ll meet.
Naples weather has average air temperatures of 77 degrees. The hottest summer months are July, August and September. The best weather months are November through May, where there is little rain and less humidity. Gulf water temperatures range from the 60’s in the Winter to the mid 80’s in Spring/Fall.
The beaches stretch for many miles and contain some of the cleanest sand and Gulf waters that you will ever experience. Naples beaches are truly amazing and often make top 10 lists of the best beaches around the world. Dr. Beach, Stephen Leatherman, included Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park beach, and nearby Barefoot Beach, in his Top 10 Beaches for 2014.
The word, pristine, comes up often when explaining Naples to an outsider. In other words, clean. It best describes our litter-less streets, low crime, small signs, clean beaches, expertly shaped landscaping and conscious efforts of residents to keep it that way. Neapolitans respect their piece of paradise and work hard to ensure its beauty.
Naples has some of the best dining in the U.S. Some favorite Naples restaurants are Truluck’s, Chops City Grill, Campiello, Continental, USS Nemo’s, Randy’s Fish House and The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach (park your toes in the sand while you dine!)
Naples has so many things to do in the great outdoors. Fishing and golf are not hobbies here, they are ways of life. Waterfront activities abound and, because of our great weather, we can bike, play tennis and recreate outdoors all year long.
Sunsets in Naples receive a standing ovation every night of the year.Around the time of the setting sun, if you head out to the beach, you will be joined by many others who gather to witness God’s masterpiece unfold.When the sun hits the horizon put your cocktail down and join the clapping, for you have just witnessed one of the most sacred moments on the Gulf. And if you’re lucky, one day – if you don’t blink – you may even see the elusive “green ash.”
Unobstructed views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico are a Naples hallmark. Homes in Old Naples are not surrounded by tall, overbearing buildings that block the sun and skyline.The local government has strong restrictions on signs, billboards and building height in the city of Naples. A prime example of our strict sign regulations is the “golden arches” on US 41 North. Instead of the usual 30 foot high signs that you see in most cities, Naples has a small McDonald’s sign down on the ground. You won’t see that most places in the United States, or even internationally. Or put another way, you can easily tell you’ve left Naples on US 41 when you start seeing large signs shouting their slogans for all to see. In Naples your focus will stay on the Neapolitan architecture and natural tropical greenery all around.
For the size of the town, Naples has incredible shopping opportunities. Several distinct shopping districts each have their own flavor.
Downtown-Fifth Avenue South is in the historic district of Olde Naples.
Third Street South, considered the art district, is just south of downtown and home to the Naples Pier.
Venetian Village, located in Park Shore, has the charm of the waterfront. Waterside, located in North Naples, is our upscale outdoor mall.
Mercato, in the Vanderbilt Beach area, is the newest hip hot spot for nightlife.
Naples residents are very philanthropic and there is always a reason to celebrate something and get together to raise money for worthwhile causes. Cultural festivals and art shows are common here on the weekends from November through Easter. Leading the way is the Naples Wine Festival, which is one of the most famous in the world! Naples also has live theater, symphony, art and music at Artis; other productions can be enjoyed at the Gulfshore Playhouse, Sugden Community Theatre and and Theatre Zone.
Naples is a safe city compared to the rest of Florida and the nation. According to Areavibes.com, the Naples crime rate is far below both the Florida and National average.“The crime rate in Naples is less than 63% of the cities in Florida and Naples is safer than 53% of the cities in the nation.” Furthermore,“there are a total of 95 Naples police officers.This results in 4.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 10.8% greater than the Florida average and 43.9% greater than the National average.”
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