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Naples Florida

Voted one of the best places to retire in, Naples represents the gold coast of southwest Florida. People who say they don’t like Florida might not have seen this upscale retirement community. Its downtown is as sophisticated as any in the world, but charming, too—you can pull up to a five-star hotel’s valet parking, and then walk 50 feet to a old-fashioned bar where you can listen to Irish singers. Surrounding the walkable downtown are beautiful residential streets, conveniently situated next to a white coral beach that goes for miles, with condominiums and homes lining much of it. Many active adults choose to live in the many gated developments along various waterways. Naples has every type of active adult community imaginable, and golf courses are just about everywhere.

Cockscrew Swamp Trail
Visiting Corkscrew is a great way to see what much of the interior of Florida looked like a hundred years ago. Almost all of the trails are via boardwalks a few feet above the water level of the swamp. Birds are the primary attraction, so if you are an avian photographer you should definitely visit. We've seen gators and mammals as well. Corkscrew provides a great opportunity to experience the part of nature that makes Florida unique among the states. BTW, do take your time. The birds and other animals move at their own pace, not the visitors'. It's fairly long trail, so consider doing in on bicycles.

Naples Princess Boat Cruise
Beautiful big boat, 3 different levels and you get to move around as you please. You can also get snacks and any type of drink you like. We took the 5:00 cruise and were treated to a beautiful sunset. The crew provides a little narrative along the way, it would have been nice to hear a little more about the area and the numerous beautiful homes that flanked both sides of the river. The cruise took us out to the Gulf of Mexico before we turned around. On a lucky day, you may even see dolphins swimming beside you.

Naples Original Waterfront Seafood Restaurant
Seafood has been a decades-long love affair at the Dock, an open-air restaurant overlooking Naples Bay in historic Crayton Cove at the City Dock. The waterside ambiance of the Dock is as compelling as its food. The Dock is a little piece of Naples’ history. We had a great experience here with bay views, great food and a laid-back attitude.

Marco Island
Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. It has been described as magical, mystical and alluring. The attraction is tropical sun-washed white sand beaches and a casual easy paced lifestyle. Sunshine, frolicking dolphins, and all of the water and sun sports that go with the beaches are available for your pleasure.

Lowdermilk Beach Park
Lowdermilk Park is one of those Naples Florida Beaches that is a hot spot for tourists, and locals alike. The beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond. Located near Fifth Avenue South, Lowdermilk Beach Park is also a popular Naples Florida Beach for watching the sunset, and who knows you may even see the legendary “green flash”.
eagle
eagle
basking in the sun
basking in the sun
me and my mom
me and my mom
hunting for lunch
hunting for lunch
man and seagull
man and seagull
sisters
sisters
naples beach
naples beach
naples dock
naples dock
naples dock
naples dock
my naples
my naples
naples guarding angel
naples guarding angel
beautiful pelican
beautiful pelican
feeding time
feeding time
beach hut
beach hut
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
naples sunset
majestic flight
majestic flight
swamp life
swamp life
swamp life
swamp life
mating time
mating time
lovely swamp walk
lovely swamp walk
into the swamp
into the swamp
alligator and bird
alligator and bird
swamp trail
swamp trail
swamp life
swamp life
swamp life
swamp life
friends
friends
pelican in full flight
pelican in full flight