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e welcome you to immerse yourself in our grande yet boutique experiences, from deliciously inventive food and beverage to daily health and wellness classes such as aqua Zumba, spin class and yoga. Our signature amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course, 15 tournament-grade tennis courts, three refreshing swimming pools for adults and families, signature spa and wellness services, and endless recreation or relaxation options for all. The Spa at Naples Grande offers a variety of luxury treatments, from massages and facials to hair and nail services. In addition to the traditional western therapies, new Ayurveda and Eastern therapies are being introduced to the spa as well. Naples Grande is a great escape for many travelers, but it is also the ideal location for socials, galas, weddings and other events. The resort offers more than 80,000 square feet of function space, most of which is newly renovated and centrally located on one floor, making it easy to plan breakout sessions and cocktail hours. Meeting and wedding planners are delighted with our flexible indoor-outdoor space that offers many unique options for any function. In this issue of Neapolitan, you’ll learn more about the many resort offerings available to you, including exquisite culinary experiences, family-friendly activities, ecotourism adventures and a wide array of local attractions all within minutes from our resort oasis. Read about some of the local favorites — from the best places to shop and the latest fashion trends to artist profiles and sightseeing tours. Enjoy your stay and all that Naples has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back for many future visits. Sincerely,

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A recent graduate of Florida State University, Vanessa Blender is a creative with a passion for writing, fashion, photography and travel. Originally from New York City, she now calls Naples, Florida, home and enjoys spending her free time writing, pursuing photography and hanging out with her dog, Mac.

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Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dennis Goodman moved to Naples, Florida, in 1985, where he developed a passion for photography. He got married and started a family and a few businesses along the way, but his camera was always close at hand. A gifted photographer, most of his work is focused on the Florida Everglades. Stop by his fine art gallery or visit dennisgoodmanphotography.com. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jeffrey Dollar Laign has reported from more than 75 countries for a variety of newspapers and magazines. The author of several books, Laign has also created custom publications for some of the world’s largest cruise lines, airlines, resorts and destinations, and helped to launch New York Times best-sellers such as Chicken Soup for the Soul. Jonathan Monje is a writer and an editor who is passionate about promoting businesses and events and telling people’s stories. He credits studies at Florida State University and his experience working in hospitality and marketing for his success in executing strategies that combine innovative communication and PR techniques, helping individuals and organizations achieve success. Jorge Ramirez of Dream Pictures by JR is an award-winning photographer who has worked for well-known organizations, including the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Rums of Puerto Rico and Kodak. Based in Orlando, Florida, he’s also developed campaigns for top advertising agencies. The natural beauty of Naples inspires

Ramirez, and he favors the rich colors of dawn and dusk when natural light is at its most colorful. A recent University of Miami graduate, Erin Regan started freelance writing while studying media management and political science. Her blog, Conveniently Fabulous, focuses on everything from mental health to beauty. She has called Florida home for almost 15 years, making the Sunshine State a huge inspiration for her writing. A young and promising photographer, Jessica Savill has a portfolio of images from her worldwide travels and has won a number of photography and design awards. Born in Ireland, she plans on moving to Florida to obtain a degree in fine arts and pursue a career in photography and design. A passionate photographer, Kari Stenholm loves what he does. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of fashion, including Gianni Versace, Armani, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren and Mario Testino. His work has appeared in international publications such as L’Uomo Vogue, L’Officiel Hommes, GQ and Men’s Health. See more of his photography at karistenholmphotography.com. Chelle Koster Walton has authored thousands of travel and food articles and more than a dozen guidebooks, including Fodor’s guides, Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples, The Bahamas Explorer’s Guide and DK Eyewitness Florida Family Guide. She is the Naples, Florida, expert for USA Today’s 10best.com. Lizzie Wilcox graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in media management and a Bachelor of Arts in French. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she now lives in Miami, where she works as a writer, photographer and social media manager for Coral Gables magazine.


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# N A P L E S G R A N D E Don’t forget to share your Insta-worthy Naples Grande Beach Resort adventures and tag us @naplesgranderesort.

Get ready to be amazed! You’re vacationing on Florida’s Paradise Coast, where the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise waters meet sandy white beaches, 10,000 wild islands and a gem of a city that’s full of surprises. Tucked away at the edge of the fabled Everglades, Naples marries Old Florida charm with more sophisticated amenities than you’re likely to find in cities twice its size: first-class restaurants starred by world-renowned chefs; boutiques brimming with fashions from London, Paris, Milan and New York; a seemingly endless sea of grass just waiting to be explored and a chic downtown lined with galleries showcasing artful treasures. It’s a playground for the rich and famous — and everyone else — and there’s no better

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place to stay and play than at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, southwest Florida’s premier destination for couple and families. A 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner, Naples Grande is known for its luxurious amenities, relaxing ambience and gracious hospitality. You can start your day swimming at one of the resort’s three pools, strolling through the scenic mangrove estuary to the beautiful beach or challenging a friend to a round of golf or a tennis match. Book a luxurious spa treatment in the afternoon to soothe your sore muscles, and then end your perfect day with a delicious meal and refreshing cocktails. Menu options include premium steaks, local seafood and more to tempt your palate.


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ROOMS WITH A VIEW Guest rooms are stylish and comfortable. Each room has its own private balcony, providing the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or cocktails or to simply curl up with a good book and enjoy the breathtaking views. Families looking for more space and privacy can reserve the fully renovated Garden Villa Suites.

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DELIGHTFUL DINING For locally caught seafood and steaks grilled to perfection, The Catch of the Pelican restaurant serves up gourmet delights in a relaxed-yet-sophisticated setting. Crafted with locally grown vegetables and herbs — many of which are handpicked from the resort’s very own garden — dishes capture the vibrant flavors of the Gulf Coast to produce a dining experience that is uniquely Floridian. Offering a delicious menu, Aura Restaurant features a cosmopolitan, modern atmosphere. Here you’ll find American cuisine that uses local and sustainable ingredients, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options. With its enticing Mediterranean flavors, beachfront setting and stunning Gulf of Mexico views, Rhode’s End feels like an escape to a picturesque Greek island. This is the ideal spot for lunch or to enjoy a romantic sunset and signature cocktails. Other dining options include Mantra, a pan-Asian-inspired open kitchen and lobby bar; Gulf Coast Oasis for a casual poolside lunch; Spressi Coffee Bar for Italian-style brews and delectable bites; and Sunset Veranda, an open-air lounge. A guest favorite is the $5 Veuve Clicquot Happy Hour every Friday. PAMPER YOUR SELF The Spa at Naples Grande is all-natural and organic, combining modern décor, luxurious spa treatments and a relaxing vibe to rejuvenate your body and soul. With 12 spacious treatment rooms,

Yenier Marrero knows a thing or two about transformation. The Cuban-born attorney transformed his career when he came to the United States and turned his attention to the health field. Now, as spa and fitness director at Naples Grande Beach Resort, he’s helping guests to transform their lives by revitalizing body, mind and spirit. “Of course, in order to make lives richer and more enjoyable, one must be given the necessary wellness tools in order to create this state of optimal health,” Marrero says. You’ll find those tools at the resort’s 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fitness Center and The Spa at Naples Grande, with 12 spacious treatment rooms, a meditation lounge and healthenhancing treatments drawn from traditional Western and Eastern therapies, including Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing system. Marrero keeps up with industry trends, equipment and practices; and he relies on the expertise of trained staff members who help him to bring about his vision of holistic health. “I am constantly receiving support from all of the employees as well as the management

team,” he says. “I couldn’t have asked to join a better, more hardworking team.” After moving to the United States in 2012, Marrero realized that his true passion was health and fitness. He became a licensed Florida Massage Therapist, went on to qualify as a Group Exercise Instructor and then became a Certified Personal Trainer. Marrero also worked as a fitness manager and assistant spa and fitness director at the Fisher Island Club in Miami Beach. Now at Naples Grande, he teaches guests how to transform their lives with nutrition, exercise, meditation and spa therapies. Some of the treatments he recommends include Abhyanga massage, Shirodhara treatment and Swe-Thai massage, which combines yoga-like stretching with stimulation of acupressure points to increase vitality and relaxation. As Marrero will tell you, a visit to the spa elicits more than an “Ahh.” This is where you may begin to transform your health and promote a sense of well-being, enabling you to balance body, mind and spirit and live life to the fullest.

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including a Spa Villa with a soaking tub, whirlpool bath, sundeck and patio, the indooroutdoor spa village boasts four pavilions in the Japanese tradition, set amid exquisite gardens for the ultimate in personal pampering. The beautiful outdoor setting boasts cascading waterfalls and dreamy fountains. To experience genuine tranquility, visit the meditation labyrinth, whirlpool baths, rain showers and sundecks with Zen-inspired chaises. Recently added spa offerings include unique Ayurvedic and Eastern therapies, including Swe-Thai massage, Abhyanga massage and the Shirodhara hair and scalp massage treatment. You’ll also want to check out the exclusive hair care products that are only available at The Spa at Naples Grande. WATER WORLD Situated on 23 waterfront acres complete with three miles of powdery, white-sand beach amid 200 acres of a nature preserve and mangrove estuary that recalls old-world Florida, Naples

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Grande is the ultimate getaway. Be sure to stroll the boardwalk or ride the resort’s tram to Clam Pass Beach, a 3,200-foot stretch of sandy shoreline. Reserve a luxury chaise lounge or cabana, rent watersports equipment nearby or collect seashells. The Mangrove Pool is the perfect place for some fun in the sun. There are surf-inspired family cabanas equipped with high-definition flat-screen TVs and video game stations. The thrilling waterslide twists 100 feet around a rock tower through landscaped waterfalls. It’s a treat for the whole family, as the kids will want to get on it again and again. For those looking for a little more peace and quiet, the adult-exclusive Palm Terrace Pool provides private cabanas with a more relaxed and sophisticated setting. Surrounded by lush landscaping, Hibiscus Hideaway is tucked away between the Garden Villa Suite courtyards. This secluded pool is perfect for water aerobics and lap swimming.

SPORTING ADVENTURES Voted one of the “10 Best New Golf Courses in Florida” by Travel + Leisure Golf and one of North America’s Top 100 Resort Courses by Golfweek magazine, the private Naples Grande Golf Club boasts unique water features that blend seamlessly with Florida’s lush foliage, stunning fairways and extraordinary elevations. Designed by Rees Jones, each hole promises an unforgettable golfing experience for players of all skill levels. Enjoy 18 beautiful holes on the award-winning championship par72 golf course. The Naples Grande Pro Shop features world-class merchandise — including the top brands in equipment and apparel — so you will always have what you need for a premier golf experience. You can also rent premium equipment during your visit. Ranked number 8 among the top 50 Best U.S. Tennis Resorts by Tennis magazine and consistently ranked one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online,


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Dinner: D’Amico’s The Continental Located on Third Street, this restaurant promises to be the most desired dining destination in southwest Florida. 239-659-0007 | damicoscontinental.com Naples Grande offers an unrivaled Naples-area tennis program for players of all ages and skill levels. Under the direction of Peter Burwash International (PBI) — known worldwide for its first-class tennis professionals and expert instruction — guests can enjoy an array of activities, from basic court time to scheduled round robins, clinics, private lessons and more. With 15 Har-Tru courts (five lighted for evening play), a pro shop and experienced, PBI-certified tennis pros from all over the world, you are sure to have an amazing tennis experience.

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MEETINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS Naples Grande offers more than 83,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor meeting space with sophisticated décor throughout. There are 32 meeting rooms, including 13 breakout rooms, many with floor-to-ceiling windows. The entire ballroom level was recently renovated, including the Vista Ballroom, which boasts more than 5,800 square feet of space overlooking the beautiful Mangrove Pool from the Vista Terrace. The preferred DMC (destination management company) will make sure that every detail is taken care of for you, with a full menu of options to customize your corporate retreat or personal event, based on your style preferences and budget.

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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, an incredible resort experience awaits you.

Activity: Sun-N-Fun Lagoon This kid-friendly park features waterslides, a lazy river, kidsʼ water play area and diving pools. 239-252-4021 | napleswaterpark.com Dinner: Mino Italian Pizzeria Located at Dockside Boardwalk near Tin City and downtown Naples, Mino is where youʼll finally have a true Italian dining experience. 239-302-5990 | minofl.com

Activity: Artis—Naples Home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, it’s the premier center for the arts in southwest Florida. 239-597-1111 | artisnaples.org Activity: Art galleries on Fifth Avenue South Spend an afternoon strolling down Fifth Avenue South and enjoy a selection of art galleries along the way. 239-692-8436 | fifthavenuesouth.com

N AT URE LOV ER S Activity: Naples Botanical Garden This 170-acre world-class paradise features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. 239-643-7275 | naplesgarden.org

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Activity: Sweet Liberty Sailing Catamaran Cruise the pristine local waters on one of their daily Naples cruises, including shelling, sunset or sightseeing tours. 239-793-3525 | sweetliberty.com

Activity: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods and wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress Forest in North America. 239-348-9151 | corkscrew.audubon.org

TA S T Y TRE AT S Barbatella Gelato Bar on Third Street South has a roster of delicious favorite flavors, creative sundaes and other treats. Add a cappuccino and biscotti! 239-263-1955 | barbatellanaples.com Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes bakes fresh cupcakes every morning. Daily flavors vary, but if you have a favorite flavor, let your local store know. 239-263-9990 | graceandshellyscupcakes.com

O FF TH E B E ATEN PATH Activity: Pure Naples Fishing Charter Experience deep-sea fishing, coastal and calm bay fishing. Private charters available. 239-263-4949 | purenaples.com Dinner: 21 Spices by Chef Asif Take a culinary journey through India; contemporary Indian cuisine is all they do. 239-919-8830 | 21spicesdining.com

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By day, Naples offers beach fun for the entire family. By night, you won’t want to miss the gorgeous sunset views from the Naples Pier.

In Southwest Florida’s recreational epicenter, “something for everyone” isn’t just an ad-driven cliché. It’s an understatement. A Naples vacation promises sun, sand and sea; unparalleled ecoadventures; sophisticated urban amenities and a wealth of fun-filled activities. It’s all here — everything you need to have the time of your life. But don’t write off Naples as just another one-size-fits-all tourist trap. Many of its most popular attractions are unique to the region. ROMANTIC SUNSETS Historic Naples Pier is a well-favored place to watch the star of our solar system as it appears to sink below the horizon. What’s that, you say? You’ve seen the sun set —

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every day of your life? But sunsets in Naples are spectacular phenomena. That’s because light is scattered by minuscule particles in the atmosphere, including, believe it or not, windborne dust from the Sahara Desert. Water reflects the light, enhancing the sky’s palette of warm spectral hues. Make the moment truly romantic by treating yourself to an unforgettable sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht. The Naples Princess serves a dinner matched only by magnificent views of a singular event made magical on the waters of the Gulf. NATURE LOVER S A boardwalking visitor to Audubon’s Corkscrew Sanctuary stopped to admire the foliage a few years back and astounded botanists the world


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Pure Florida over when she managed to spot the exceedingly rare American ghost orchid. Maybe you will, too. Even if you don’t, it’s well worth the effort to explore the sanctuary and other preserves within the Everglades. The vast “sea of grass,” as the Seminoles called it, is one of the world’s great ecosystems, home to the American crocodile, the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee and four varieties of sea turtles, not to mention 1,300 native plant species. Also well worth exploring is the Ten Thousand Islands chain, a lush maze of mangroves and wildlife off the coast of the Everglades. Here you’ll encounter fascinating marine life, including playful dolphins. SWAMP ADVENTURES What must Ed Frank’s neighbors have thought when he came up with a crazy-looking

Just north of Marco Island is the secluded Keewaydin Island. Accessible only by boat, Keewaydin is perfect for a relaxed day trip. The majority of the barrier island is accessible to the public, with 50 public lots and only 15 private homes. Get away from the bustle of the mainland on an island that has no roads, cars or bridges, thanks to local residents who signed a petition to stop commercial development back in the 1950s. There are many different options to reach the eight-mile island. One of the most popular options for day excursions is to take the Hemingway Water Shuttle, which leaves from Rose Marina on Marco Island and takes about 30 minutes. For those who want a more flexible schedule, renting a boat or a Jet Ski for the day is the best choice. Rentals can be found at most marinas in Naples and on Marco Island and cost around $300 per day plus the cost of fuel. Sailing excursions, like the one provided by Sweet Liberty, offer charters that include a stop at the isolated island. The 53-foot catamaran takes you on a sightseeing excursion that includes an hour of beach time on Keewaydin. Be sure to take your camera to capture beautiful memories and the marine life along the way. Pure Naples also offers dolphin watch cruises that take you on an adventure to the Ten Thousand Islands, including Keewaydin. Keewaydin Island is more than just a pretty beach; it is one of the best places in the world for shelling. Shell seekers from all over visit Keewaydin to add its incredible shells to their collections. Aside from the handful of natives, Keewaydin Island is also home to wildlife like wild boar, bobcats and white-tailed deer. The gopher tortoise, threatened by habitat destruction, also inhabits the island. Every night, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida monitors Keewaydin for loggerhead turtle nesting. Like any beach day, you’ll need to be prepared. Some must-haves for a day on Keewaydin Island are chairs, towels, sunscreen, bug spray, an umbrella, beach games, floats and a cooler full of snacks and drinks. You can bring food with you or buy it from the food boats that cruise around the waters. You can even bring your furry friends!

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa, a Florida Keys icon since 1946, is pleased to welcome you to their newly refreshed resort. After Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Keys in late 2017, the property underwent some repairs and new amenities are being introduced. Look for a new oceanfront pool and a second Tiki Bar to be added in 2019. Located in Islamorada, the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, Cheeca Lodge sits on a private 27-acre oceanfront estate with lush gardens and 1,200 feet of palm-fringed beachfront. The resort is reminiscent of a classic Keys fishing lodge, boasting 214 guest rooms, suites and bungalows styled in chic island décor. An authentic and spirited tradition of barefoot elegance, genuine service and warm hospitality personifies this island home. Cheeca Lodge offers three distinct restaurants, as well as three onsite bars and lounges. Atlantic’s Edge features a seasonal fine-dining menu of seafood from its own saltwater pantry, prime steaks and fresh local produce. Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant offers the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi and a selection of more than 30 hot and cold Japanese sakes. Limoncello offers hearty Italian classics in a relaxed, familyfriendly atmosphere. For the ultimate in tropical ambience and sweeping views of the Atlantic, head down to the beachfront Tiki Bar and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and famous Cheeca Burger, alfresco. The perfect place to indulge and get pampered is at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge. Nestled among cascading waterfalls and a Tahitian-inspired freshwater lagoon, the 5,700-square-foot facility features an adults-only heated lap pool with butler service, seven treatment rooms, poolside cabanas with internet service, fully equipped fitness center, wet room with Vichy shower, in-room and oceanfront massage therapy and more. Additional amenities include an extensive line of watersports and ocean excursions, 525-foot wooden fishing pier, oceanfront family pool, Camp Cheeca for kids ages 5 through 12, family recreation center and a Jack Nicklaus–designed nine-hole par-3 golf course. For more information, go to cheeca.com or call 866-348-7053.

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contraption he called a swamp buggy? If they laughed in the 1930s, nobody’s laughing now. Frank’s ungainly buggy is a great way to traverse muddy wetlands. Get behind the wheel and see for yourself. Driving a buggy, of course, isn’t the only way to maneuver through a swamp. An airboat ride through the Everglades is an unforgettable experience. Powered by propeller, the flat-bottomed vessels are able to skim across the surface of an inhospitable marsh. SHELL OUT Lion’s paws, moon shells, coquinas, clams, cockles, cones, limpets, murexes, shapely lightning whelks, pointed fighting conchs and ridged scallops — these are just some of the 400 seashell species found on beaches in Naples and Marco Island. In addition to


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Naples is the “Purple Marten Capital of Florida.” The swallows flock here to nest in birdhouses put up by dedicated fans.

century ago. Isolated settlers of the same era bought and sold hides, furs and produce at the Smallwood Store, a modern-day museum in the heart of the Ten Thousand Islands.

collectible shells, you may be fortunate enough to fill your basket with dried starfish, sea urchins and sand dollars. Comb the shores on your own or take a guided shelling tour. ARTISTIC TREASURES Clustered along Shirley Street are many of the more than 50 working artists’ studios and galleries that comprise the Naples Art District. The city is also home to the Artis— Naples complex, where you’ll find the Naples Philharmonic, which hosts internationally recognized artists. The venue features popular Broadway-style shows, festivals and more. The

reimagined Baker Museum, which is scheduled to reopen in 2019, will include new interior spaces for social interaction, performance and learning. Among the treasures housed in its galleries are collections of American and Mexican modern art. CR ACK YOUR WHIP You’ll come away from the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at the edge of Big Cypress Swamp with a better understanding of the daily working lives of the hunters, trappers, traders and “cracker cowboys” who tamed the wilderness that was Southwest Florida a

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PLE A SE YOUR PAL ATE It’s not for nothing that Naples is growing a reputation as the Culinary Capital of Florida’s Paradise Coast. Scores of award-winning restaurants, bistros and gastropubs serve up succulent seafood, steaks grilled to perfection, and mouthwatering entrees inspired by cuisines from around the world. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take a taste of the prehistoric-looking reptile that dominates the Everglades. Some folks say alligator tastes like — you guessed it — chicken. Order an appetizer or entree, and decide for yourself.

FA M I LY F U N Kids have a blast in Naples, and not just at the beach. Young ones love the hands-on exhibits at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Also sure to please is the Naples Depot Museum, which transports visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties. Make time as well for a day at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. The entire clan will be delighted by the many exotic animals housed here. Lions and tigers and bears — oh, my! N A P L E S G R A N D E . CO M

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As you paddle your way through the Cocohatchee River, experienced guides will point out all the natural treasures around you.

Naples makes the most of its coast. Each year beach buffs from around the world come here to soak up sun on a palm-fringed shore and enjoy the water in all sorts of ways: skimming the surface on a board, exploring the deep on a dive, paddling through twisting mangroves, even soaring high above the waves. If wetter is better in your worldview, you’ve found a great place to take the plunge. So, come on in, the water’s fine. K AYAK ING One of the most unique experiences in the area is AWE’s (All Water Excursions) guided kayak tour through the mangrove forest. As you paddle your way through the Cocohatchee River, experienced guides will

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point out all the natural treasures around you. It’s a great way to make a splash while soaking up the sun. You may even spot some dolphins, manatees and birds. WAVE RIDING Satisfy your need for speed by straddling a rented Jet Ski or WaveRunner. Both are aquatic motor bikes that provide the same experience. Zip around by yourself or cut across Naples Bay on a guided tour. Marco Island Watersports offers a WaveRunner excursion through the lush waterways of the Ten Thousand Islands. Unforgettable! BOARDING In Naples you can hang 10 and a whole lot more. Try your hand at traditional surfing


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or one of its increasingly popular spinoffs, such as stand-up paddle boarding, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has rocketed to the top of many water lovers’ must-do lists. The concept is simple. You stand up on a board and traverse the water with a long, pole-like paddle. Kitesurfing and windsurfing require a bit more skill. Capturing wind in an attached sail or parachute enables a boarder to cut through the water and skim the surface like a figure skater. FISHING Naples is the reel deal when it comes to fishing, whether you choose to cast your line across an inland stream or plumb the briny depths of the Gulf. Tarpon-rich tidal rivers and backcountry creeks were made for fly-fishing. Snook, flounder and jack roam the waters that surround barrier islands. Or

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All Water Excursions venture out in open waters, and you’ll have a good chance of landing a monster grouper or mackerel. Dalis Sportfishing offers coastal and offshore fishing expeditions, along with private charters. Located at the Naples City Dock, its captains have more than 40 years of experience fishing around these waters, so they know where to find fish. DIVING AND SNORKELING Naples offers good diving year-round, and Gulf waters tend to be warm and inviting. Divers are invited to explore vibrant coral reefs, fathom

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From frolicking dolphins to double-breasted cormorants, all sorts of critters thrive along the sandy shores of Naples. Walk softly and carry a good camera, and you may just make a new friend — of the feather, fur or fin variety. Clam Pass Park: The 35-acre habitat for shorebirds and other creatures is just a boardwalk stroll or tram ride from Naples Grande Beach Resort. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park: Amenities are plentiful at this family favorite. So are eagles, ospreys and all sorts of shorebirds. Summer sea turtles nest along the shore, and stingrays like to bury their barbed tails in the sand at the edge of the water. Delnor-Wiggins also is a prime fishing spot. Barefoot Beach Preserve: Drive slowly and brake for gopher tortoises. The threatened reptiles like to hang out here, where they sometimes try to beat the heat by napping under parked cars. They’re called gophers, incidentally, because they dig burrows to protect themselves from the elements and voracious predators. In the summer months, loggerhead sea turtles lay eggs in the sand here. In winter, migratory osprey chicks hatch in nests atop poles. Bonita Beach Dog Park: Fido runs free along this shore at the edge of Lovers Key State Park just north of Naples. No leashes. No fences. No worries — for canines or their human pals. South Marco Beach: Dolphins often frolic right offshore. While you’re waiting for a photo op, you can engage in a spirited game of volleyball, zip around on a Jet Ski or touch the sky beneath a parasail. Tigertail Beach: Black skimmers, snowy plovers, roseate spoonbills and other shorebirds peck at snails and insects teeming in tidal pools across the lagoon. People are pleased by up-close encounters with winged beauties at the beach’s butterfly garden. Vanderbilt Beach: Here’s another great spot to sightsee dolphins from the sand. Check that off your list, and you’re ready to visit a trove of restaurants and boutiques just steps from the shore.

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the mysteries of a sunken ship and hang out with titan turtles and colonies of multihued fish. Dive companies will set you up with transportation and gear: a wet suit, oxygen tank and fins. Many also offer classes, if you aren’t certified to dive. Snorkeling is easier than diving, and you don’t have to worry about certification. Just rent a snorkel mask and fins right on the beach and you’re good to go. You won’t be able to peruse the ins and outs of a shipwreck, but you’ll be surprised at how much you can see from the surface. A tour boat can take you out in the Gulf to spots well known by snorkeling aficionados, and several good snorkeling sites are accessible from the shore of a Naples beach. SOARING In Naples, watersports can take you to undreamed-of heights; and unlike unlucky Icarus, you won’t have to fashion your wings from feathers and wax. You can boot up on a water-propelled flyboard or strap on a jetpack. Parasailing is another way to get high, so to speak. How high can you fly tethered to a wind-catching chute? How about 500 feet? SLIPPING & SLIDING On a Naples vacation, kids just wanna have fun, too. They’ll find it at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. Collier County’s waterpark boasts five exhilarating slides and rides, four swimming pools, and a 10-foot-wide meandering river made for leisurely tubing. Plentiful amenities include locker rooms with showers and snack stands and cafés.


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“Shiver me timbers!” Long John Silver was apt to exclaim in the days when buccaneers roamed the Paradise Coast. You can say it, too, when you take to the sea from Naples — even if you don’t really know what it means. Who needs to know, when all you have to do to explore the Gulf is rent or charter a vessel of any sort, or board a tour boat and cut through the waves in style? In Naples, there are many ways to float your boat. Launch your fishing craft from a city ramp, dock your yacht at a full-service marina or navigate through Everglades channels in a canoe. Paddling pros will embrace the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway at Everglades National Park or the Paradise Coast Blueway, a system of GPS-marked trails for kayaks, canoes and similar craft.


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If pumping up your arm muscles is not part of your agenda, rent a motorboat and let the outboard engine do the work. Bowriders and deck boats are great for groups into watersports. Larger luxury vessels offer creature comforts like air-conditioned galleys, and anglers can choose from boats designed to maneuver along inland waterways or to cut across the sea. A cruise tour, of course, is an ever-popular way to enjoy offshore Naples. A great way to explore the Everglades is to board an iconic Florida airboat and skim across the fabled “sea of grass.” Or take in all the splendor of a Gulf sunset aboard Sweet Liberty, a 53-footlong catamaran that also offers nature, shelling and sightseeing cruises. One of the most popular offerings is a three-hour boat trip to Keewaydin Island for some swimming and shelling. Catch the sunset and see the sites in luxury aboard the Naples Princess, a 105-foot-long yacht with a glossy cherry wood interior, gold-plated reflective ceilings and a captain’s lounge outfitted with rich leather chairs and large viewing windows. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner cruise or memorable family excursion. Pure Naples at Tin City also shows you the area’s natural and man-made attractions from the comfort of M/V Naples Explorer or M/V Double Sunshine. It’s also a good place to rent watercraft, including a range of fishing boats, speedy jet boats and zippy Jet Skis. Families enjoy the sightseeing cruises, where you can usually spot playful dolphins nearby.

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originated in Scotland centuries ago. Since its inception in 2005, the school has been recognized as one of the best in Florida and throughout the golfing world. TENNIS Racket rogues can ratchet up their lobbing prowess at the more than 40 top-of-the-line tennis centers in and around Naples. There are many public courts that serve up all you need for a spirited match. Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, for example, features 12 state-of-the-art HydroGrid (sub-irrigated) courts. Lighted Har-Tru courts with a claylike surface accommodate pro exhibitions and tournaments. First-timers can take advantage of clinics, lessons, leagues and events.

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Swing a golf club, hike along a scenic trail, lob a tennis ball or spin your wheels in a swamp buggy. Graced by year-round balmy weather and postcard-perfect scenery, Naples offers active options for every land-loving member of your group. GOLF Boasting 90 courses and more holes per capita than any other city in the country, Naples is a magnet for club swingers, as well as celebrated course architects and designers, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Joe Lee. Rees Jones carved out the par-72 course at Naples Grande Golf Club, noted for its deep bunkers and 18 challenging holes spread across 240 acres of pine hammocks, live oaks and grand cypress trees. Lessons and clinics at the Durland Golf School at Naples Grande help veterans to sharpen their skills and introduce newcomers to the swinging game thought to have

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If you’re a player staying at Naples Grande Beach Resort, there’s no need to venture beyond the premises. The tennis center there features 15 championship-quality Har-Tru courts and has been acclaimed as one of the top tennis resorts in the world. And, the renowned Peter Burwash International tennis program caters to first-timers as well as first-class pros. HORSEBACK RIDING Saddle up at a stable and saunter along well-maintained riding paths throughout the region. Along Everglades trails, you’ll be treated to unparalleled scenery and an opportunity to spot some of the creatures who live in the preserve. Even equestrian champs will marvel at bald eagles wheeling through the sky or alligators peering up from sawgrass swamps. Don’t worry if you’re a little skittish about taking the reins. Area stables are on hand to help. BIKING Naples offers a wealth of bike paths that vary in length and endurance. A popular ride is from Pelican Bay to Naples Pier, past gorgeous homes, lush landscaping and knock-your-


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rogues can ratchet up their lobbing “Racket prowess at the more than 40 TOP-OF-THE-LINE tennis centers in and around Naples.”

socks-off water views. Stop along the way at one of several beach access points to take in the Gulf of Mexico’s calming ambience or catch a breather by one of the bridges near the Village on Venetian Bay, where dolphins and manatees have been known to congregate. HIKING Stretching your legs has never been more invigorating than in Naples and surrounding areas. Hikers of every caliber appreciate Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s boardwalk trail, which meanders for more than two miles past massive cypress trees, some more than 600 years old. Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk cuts through the heart of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, affording close-up glimpses of verdant bromeliads and bright-blooming orchids. You also can follow the nature trail that winds through a hammock near the observation tower at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Remember, too, that Mother Nature makes a grand appearance right outside your hotel door. Set on 23 waterfront acres next to a 200acre mangrove estuary, Naples Grande Beach Resort is a guest hiker’s most convenient gateway to the great outdoors. Set out along the boardwalk and you’ll be rewarded with views of three types of mangroves and a range of other plants and critters. MOTORING UP Just getting to the Paradise Coast can be a four-wheeled adventure, especially if you’re

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combining a cruise with a Naples vacation. Dolphin Transportation, South Florida’s leading provider of luxury transportation, will pick you up from several terminals and take you to your Naples hotel. Then you can get behind the wheels of all sorts of vehicles. A swamp buggy, for example, or the Slingshot, a futuristic-looking roadster you can rent for hours of revved-up fun. RUNNING Jog alone or join a group. Set your sights on a sprint or maintain your marathon status by tackling multiple miles. Naples is studded with running trails — more than a hundred. A favorite run starts at

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out along THE BOARDWALK “Set and you’ll be rewarded with views

of three types of mangroves and a range of other plants and critters.” Lowdermilk Park and ends at Gordon Drive. Leafy trees lining Gulf Shore Boulevard provide lots of shade, much appreciated on hot summer days. SHOOTING Aim for the bull’s-eye at shooting galleries and archery ranges in and around Naples. Professionally staffed indoor and outdoor facilities feature a range of firearms, electronically controlled target systems, simulators and even gun-fighting and bottlebreaking games you can enjoy without bullets.

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Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise. The garden’s collections include plants from tropical and subtropical regions of the world, featuring the flora of Southeast Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean and Florida, along with a Children’s Garden that introduces children and families to the natural world through engaging spaces. The garden maintains significant collections of palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical and subtropical fruit trees, orchids, bromeliads, and the Plant Collections Network (PCN) collection of over 600 species and cultivars of plumeria. Naples Botanical Garden partners with organizations around the globe to ensure that these plants are conserved as the basis for all life on Earth. Along with perpetually growing collections, a variety of programming for children and adults ensures that guests will never have the same visit to Naples Botanical Garden. Guided tours, membersonly special events, and health and wellness programs such as yoga, Tai Chi, art classes and birding all add to the experiences available to members and guests. Seasonal events and exhibitions such as the Music in the Garden series, Naples Flower Show and the family-favorite holiday light spectacular Night Lights in the Garden are not to be missed. The award-winning garden boasts lushly landscaped scenery by world-renowned landscape architects. For more information on what is growing on at the garden, visit naplesgarden.org or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NaplesBotanical.


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Where and how to make the most of southwest Florida’s great outdoors? Read on.

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More than three-quarters of Collier County, the largest in Florida, is dedicated to protecting parks and wildlife preserves, most notably Everglades National Park. Unlike any other national park, this one is all about wetlands. It’s also home to a variety of species like turtles, alligators, manatees and dolphins. Hike along a trail, go bird-watching or tour the park by airboat, kayak or bike. You’ll be amazed by what you see. At Collier-Seminole State Park you can use technology to help you learn about the past as you marvel at the beauty of the present. In the 19th century, Seminole Indians lived on this land. The United States and the Seminole tribe, in fact, fought three wars here. Today, the park’s a peaceful place to gain insights into the natural splendor of the Naples region. And there’s

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largest in Florida, is dedicated to protecting parks and WILDLIFE PRESERVES.”

a new and interesting way that the park engages visitors. Geocaching uses GPS devices to create a high-tech treasure hunt. Digital caches are hidden throughout the park. You use coordinates to find them. This unique activity is a way to interact with the environment without leaving a heavy footprint. MORE TO EXPLORE Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to whitetailed deer, red-bellied turtles, otters, alligators


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and many bird species. It’s like a one-stop shop for animal viewing. Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, as its name suggests, is a sanctuary for the elusive cats and their neighbors, including black bears and birds ranging from wood storks to brown-headed nuthatches. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center is perfect for learning how to appreciate and take care of the land around you. Visit its Dalton Discover Center and interact with a host of conservationrelated activities. Little ones will love the Little Explorer Play Zone, and the whole family will enjoy seeing the sights from aboard an electric boat. Another way to take in the beauty of Florida is at the Naples Botanical Garden. The 170-acre garden showcases plants from all over the world and offers walking trails as well as a butterfly garden, special programs for children and different weekly events.

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If you are not done with your visit yet, or you are craving more wilderness, here are some more experiences and activities Naples has to offer. Dolphin encounters: Bring your binoculars to Naples Pier early in the morning or late at night, when dolphins are apt to be out and about. Or book a dolphin sightseeing cruise. Choose from different boat tours to get up close and personal with these flippered creatures. Manatee visits: Another large marine mammal you’ll want to meet is the manatee, or sea cow, that thrives in warm Atlantic and Gulf waters. Choose from a number of tours that help you spot them. Bird-watching: If our feathered friends are more to your liking, grab your camera and binoculars because you will definitely need them. Hundreds of bird

species have been identified in this part of Florida. Learn more about plovers, storks, cranes and eagles on a guided tour. Airboat rides: The best way to get around the wet and wild Everglades is to take a tour aboard one of the iconic Florida boats. You’ll spot birds of all sorts, as well as an alligator – or five. Kayak tours: If you’d rather paddle than skim across the sawgrass, a kayak is the boat for you. Numerous guided tours are offered in Naples that take you off the land and into the water. These are great for observing the beautiful mangroves and small islands. Seaplane adventures: Maybe you’d like to see it all in just a few hours. Seaplane tours offer a perfect means for taking in the region’s natural wonders. After your airborne overview, you’ll have a better understanding of the ecosystem here and be inspired to learn more.

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to outlet malls and markets, Naples takes shopping to a NEW LEVEL.” Pristine beaches aren’t the only thing Naples has to offer. The city is home to a diverse array of shops that are guaranteed to please. From boutiques and art galleries to outlet malls and markets, Naples takes shopping to a new level. Here are just a few of the top spots for browsers and buyers. THIRD STREET SOUTH This is the perfect place for a fashionable stroll. It’s a sophisticated area full of historic architecture and beautiful greenery, where you can find garments for any occasion. Lined with high-end boutiques and galleries, it’s hard not to find something here. Among these shops is Marissa Collections — an

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elegant and nationally recognized boutique that makes shopping personal. Marissa Collections has a fine range of both men’s and women’s designer clothing and accessories, from Alexander Wang and Oscar de la Renta to Michael Kors and Nicole Miller. Carolyn’s Off Third is a designer consignment boutique offering luxury goods by soughtafter designers, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci. John Craig Clothier, located here and at Waterside Shops, offers upscale fashions for the discerning man. Choose from top lines and styles. Other boutiques in Naples include Maus and Hoffman, A Mano Clothes, and Leggiadro.


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out are Everything But Water for all your beach necessities and Lux Boutique for a selection of trendy women’s clothing and accessories.

Third Street South is also known for its art galleries. It is a frequent spot for collectors and exhibitions. You can spend hours gazing upon oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors and prints dating back to the 18th century. Make sure to check out Harmon-Meek, Paradise Antiques of Naples, and Quidley and Company Fine Art. THE VILLAGE SHOPS AT VENE TIAN BAY Here’s a waterfront shopping experience not to be missed. The Village Shops were designed to resemble Italy’s city of canals and gondolas. With aspects of its Venetian Gothic architecture and its location right

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on the water, it’s easy to forget you’re in Naples, Florida! In addition to its beauty, the shopping opportunities here are extensive. With over 50 retailers and restaurants, it’s easy to spend a day here window-shopping and taking in the sun. Casanova Boutique carries luxurious international women’s clothing from Italy, France and other parts of the world. Its art gallery, Casanova Venetian Glass & Art, is also great to check out for unique treasures. J&K Collections is another boutique at The Village Shops. Specializing in modern daywear, the shop boasts helpful sales associates and a colorful collection. Some other shops to check

FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH This iconic five-mile stretch is the spot to be in Naples. Its scenic views along the bustling street add to the mouthwatering experience of its restaurants, and the shops are chockful of treasures: from clothing, antiques, art and more. This is the perfect place to relax at an outdoor café while enjoying a glass of wine, and snap an Insta-worthy selfie. WATER SIDE SHOPS As you stroll through this outdoor mall, water trickles placidly from fountains, as admirable architecture and verdant foliage add to the ambience. With over 50 retailers such as Anthropologie, Free People, Tory Burch, lululemon athletica, Gucci, Saks 5th Avenue and more, Waterside Shops offers endless shopping opportunities for everyone. For those who value time, check


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The Sweet Shop out Tourneau, full of high-end brands like Rolex, Cartier, TUDOR and more. Omega sells its own renowned timepieces as well as jewelry and leather goods.

With its wide selection of chocolatiers and bakeries, Naples will easily satisfy your sweet tooth. By Vanessa Blender

MERC ATO Anchored by Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and Silverspot Cinema, Mercato is a striking shopping center that attracts a steady stream of visitors with its eclectic offerings, petfriendly patios and monthly events. Stop by Ulta Beauty for beauty essentials, Shades by Spectacles for a new pair of sunglasses, or Pandora for one of their signature charms. This alfresco space is also known for its restaurants and nightlife. Learn about events and shopping deals on Twitter by following @MercatoNaples. MIROMAR OUTLETS Another great shopping destination is Miromar Outlets in Estero. This outdoor mall is lined with palm trees and exquisite fountains and has over 140 designer and brand-name offerings. Popular outlets include Adidas, Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers, Pac Sun, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. Don’t miss Norman Love Confections for decadent sweets that will satisfy any craving. MUST-STOP SHOP Head north along Tamiami Trail and you’ll come to Crown Jewelers of Naples, where you can shop an exquisite collection of fine jewelry in their 3,000-square-foot showroom. Crown Jewelers personally selects the finest, rarest gemstones and precious metals, which are crafted into museum-quality pieces and collections. GRE AT DE AL S Carrying a variety of designer clothing, shoes and accessories, consignment shops around Naples are a great way to stretch your

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Norman Love Confections If you have a passion for chocolate, you’ve come to the right place. With various locations throughout Naples and Fort Myers, Norman Love Confections is bound to bring a smile to your face. You’ll find a wide selection of gourmet artisan creations, gelato, custom cakes and more. The renowned chocolatier’s namesake company has been called the best premium chocolate company in the United States and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and O, as well as on Today. Angelic Desserts is an artisanal bakery with a European touch. You’ll find it at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt. Specializing in home-baked goods and coffee, Angelic offers organic products with locally sourced ingredients. Indulge yourself with a heavenly chocolate torte or a slice of carrot cake, or snag a loaf of homemade bread for an easy and delicious beach picnic.

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TIN CITY This unique waterfront shopping district features an eclectic and affordable mix of crafts, gifts and souvenirs, as well as nautical décor and antique displays from Naples’ history. If you’re interested in experiencing Old Florida charm and enjoying a colorful mix of shops and eateries, as well as fun boating adventures, Tin City is the place to be.

Also at the Galleria Shoppes is Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream. Using liquid nitrogen, this shop blasts your favorite flavors into a cold and creamy creation right before your eyes. With dozens of unique flavors and mixins, you can create your own signature treat. Kilwins is another great spot to cool down and grab some ice cream after a long day at the beach. The quaint ice cream shop draws you in with the aromatic smell of homemade waffle cones and chocolaty goodness. With a large selection of ice cream flavors, handcrafted chocolates and fudge, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Also downtown is Adelheidi’s, an organic gelato shop that specializes in home-baked goods and gelato. For a delicious treat without the regret, Adelheidi’s has several low-calorie options that are as delicious as the rest. They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free snacks, gelatos and sorbets.


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dollars while finding great deals on high-end clothing. Carolyn’s Off Third, True Fashionistas, Designer Diva, Twice As Nice and Clothes Mentor are all good resale shops around Naples. The stores are organized and full of lightly used designer clothing from just about every season. Naples is a thrifter’s dream, where you’re sure to find some great deals.

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NAPLES GRANDE GIFT SHOP If you don’t have time to venture out, you can find many treasures sprinkled right inside the resort at the Naples Grande Gift Shop. Among beachwear, designer fashion, one-of-a-kind jewelry and children’s gifts, the selections are plentiful.

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Platinum and 18k yellow gold Fancy Yellow diamond ring featuring one centered 11.70-carat radiant shaped Fancy Yellow diamond flanked by two shield diamonds weighing 3.10 carats total and 56 round brilliant white diamonds weighing a total of 1.09 carats. Available at Crown Jewelers of Naples crownjewelersnaples.com

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Becca Leopard two-piece swimsuit. Available at Everything But Water everythingbutwater.com

OFFER A WIDE SELECTION OF ST YLISH Handmade Venetian necklace features 24k pure gold leaf that free-floats within the spheres of Murano glass. Available at Casanova Venetian Glass & Art casanovavenetianglass.com

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Wolf Caroline Jewelry Portfolio in black. Available at Everything But Water everythingbutwater.com

Gas Bijoux Strada bracelet in a gold mix. Available at Everything But Water everythingbutwater.com

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Sea Star Beachwear water-friendly espadrille in black. Available at Everything But Water everythingbutwater.com


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This pendant includes an authentic Roman coin with a chariot and four horses made of silver. It’s over 2,000 years old! Available at Casanova Venetian Glass & Art casanovavenetianglass.com

Alicia Adams Alpaca Nomad Travel Blanket and Eye Mask in navy/denim blue. Available at Everything But Water everythingbutwater.com

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Featuring genuine ostrich leg with saddle leather backing, this W. Kleinberg Ostrich Leg Belt ties together any outfit. Available at John Craig Clothier johncraigclothier.com

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Naples hosts the most successful charity wine festival in the nation. The Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised over $107 million for underprivileged children in Collier County. It takes place once a year in the last weekend of January.

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It is all but impossible to ignore the allure of the dining scene in Naples. This beach town is a melting pot of culinary delights from around the world. Whether you’re looking to indulge in locally caught seafood, a sizzling steak, or a classic burger with an ice-cold beer, Naples not only delivers but exceeds expectations on every front. With its sparkling white sands and placid ocean views, waterfront dining is popular in the Naples area. Venetian Bay is home to several of the best restaurants here. Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar is a spectacular waterfront restaurant that appeals to all. Bayside hosts three venues — a café with a casual setting and ocean view, the

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beach town “This is a melting pot

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It can be a daunting task for a restaurant to turn a profit in its first year of operation. But Sails Restaurant isn’t your average restaurant. The Fifth Avenue eatery has garnered many accolades since it opened in Naples — just last year. We spoke to Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski, an award-winning cook and the culinary cornerstone of Sails. Here’s what he had to tell us. Where are you from? I grew up primarily in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. My grandparents were from Poland and came to this country after World War II. What inspired you to cook? Thanks to my grandparents, I grew up around a lot of traditional dishes. I also enjoyed cooking with my family. My father especially encouraged me to use different ingredients and try new things. Eventually, I began to enjoy traveling and seeing new things. These experiences also influenced the way I cook. What makes Sails Restaurant stand out from the crowd? We dazzle guests with our carefully arranged seafood displays, showcasing everything from North Atlantic oysters to Branzino (bass) from Greece. We always try to offer something special. What’s your favorite seafood dish on the menu? It really depends on the season. I like a lot of what’s available when the water gets colder because it affects the fish in terms of having a firmer flesh and sweeter note. I’m very fond of the complexity that brings to your palate. As far as our composed dishes, I’m very excited about our scallop dish. We pair North Atlantic scallops with truffle-scented dashi rice and finish the dish with citrus and truffle emulsion. What do you like to do in your off time? Aside from catching a Red Sox game whenever I can, I cherish the time I can spend with my family, hanging out and catching up with my boys. Also, I absolutely enjoy my wife’s cooking. She might not believe me, but her plates are better than mine. Can you share a memorable moment in your career? The biggest reward and achievement I find is when customers come up and say, “This is our new favorite restaurant.”

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is also home “Naples to several GOOD

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elegant upstairs grille and a laid-back upperdeck bar. Executive Chef Abel Gonzalez is a local who hand-selects all the seafood served at Bayside, and you can taste the difference quality makes as flavorful dishes melt in your mouth. In addition to delicious food, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar also offers spectacular sunset views and is a popular destination for dolphin-spotting. T-Michaels Steak & Lobster House is another popular waterfront restaurant at The Village Shops at Venetian Bay. T-Michaels incorporates the freshest ingredients from land and sea to create a fine dining experience. With a vast selection of wines from around the world and an array of house-crafted cocktails, T-Michaels pairs your beverage with a perfect USDA prime steak or whole Maine lobster. Try the popular Bone-In Rib Eye or the Seafood Trio. Naples is also home to several good casual restaurants. South Street serves up authentic Philly cheesesteaks and popular pizza, as well as happy hour treats and an extensive menu. And True Food Kitchen in Waterside Shops is a great place to grab a healthy bite, with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Besides boutiques and galleries, Third Street South in Old Naples offers an abundance of good


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Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach is famous for the succulent crustaceans, but Naples restaurants also serve up fresh, delicious claws. Nearby Everglades City harvests loads of the crabs from October through May. Enjoy them at Naples eateries, as well as at the Everglades Seafood Festival the first weekend of February or the Stone Crab Festival in late October.

restaurants. Ridgway Bar & Grill, offering homestyle comfort food and an impressive wine collection, is guaranteed to satisfy. Close to Third Street South by Naples City Dock, Chez Boet offers authentic French cuisine in a modern, chic environment. Also check out a never-to-be-forgotten sunset cruise and dinner. Cafés, fine restaurants and trendy bars line Fifth Avenue South. Adelheidi’s Organics is a can’t-miss spot for those with a sweet tooth. Treat yourself to gelato flavored by lavender, strawberry rose, balsamic fig and more. You’ll also enjoy natural home-baked goods, smoothies and more.

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Dining at Naples Grande Beach Resort also makes for a memorable experience. The Catch of the Pelican, the resort’s flagship restaurant, augments seafood creations with a thoughtful ambience. Rhode’s End, a Greek-style taverna, serves up a Mediterranean vibe with its flavorful gyros, hummus plates, crisp salads and more. And don’t overlook the resort’s Gulf Coast Oasis pool bar,, Mantra Lounge, Spressi Coffee Bar and breakfast-focused Aura Restaurant.

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Chef-owned, award-winning cuisine and wine lists, serving casually elegant fare, only two blocks from the beach in historic Old Naples.

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET Check out the foodie finds at farmers markets in and around Naples.

VA NDER B ILT A year-round gathering of goodness in North Naples, the market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the parking lot of the upscale Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt. Don’t miss: F-R-O-G Jam at The Neighborhood Organics shop in the heart of the market. No frog gives its life for this sassy mélange of flavors. The acronym stands for fig, raspberry, orange and ginger. New at the market is Pit Commander Barbecue. Savor the pulled-beef brisket that sells out every week. For some “surf” with that “turf,” see Bob’s Fresh Seafood for fresh wild Gulf shrimp direct from the Fort Myers Beach working waterfront. Get'em heads-on or -off. DOWNTOWN NAPLES Just opened in November 2018, this market intends to remain open year-round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lot across from Bayfront of Naples on GoodletteFrank Road at Fifth Avenue South.

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Don’t miss: Quinoa Brittle from Pure Nosh Catering. In addition to quinoa, the brittle features pecans, maple syrup, chia seeds, coconut sugar, coconut oil and Himalayan sea salt. Chili heads will nod after tasting Scorpion/Reaper Pepper Jelly from Chiquita Caliente. Sweet pomegranate tempers the flaming heat of Trinidadian scorpion peppers and Carolina reaper peppers — some of the fieriest on the Scoville scale.

By Chelle Koster Walton Florida strawberries and local heirloom tomatoes compete for juicy redness. Oranges, grapefruits and limes are edible rainbows. A farmers market provides a colorful way to get a real taste of the destination you’re visiting. Enjoy a feast for the senses at markets in and around Naples. You’ll discover organic farmers, plant growers, honey vendors, food trucks, seafood mongers and producers of everything from Bloody Mary mix to from-scratch preserves. Do what the locals do: Come hungry, try vendor samples, nosh along the way and bring home the tastes of southwest Florida

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as gourmet souvenirs. Here are some of the area’s best farmers markets, information on where to find them and when to visit, and some tips on what should not be missed. THIRD STREET SOUTH Dating from the mid-1990s, this is Naples’ oldest market and one of the area’s biggest. It’s on Saturdays year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot for the Third Street South shopping district. Don’t miss: Try the popular mixed-berry scones at Tony’s Off Third just next door. They’re made from scratch with fresh berries. Wash them down with Black Tulip coffee, locally roasted organic beans from Bali, Ethiopia, Guatemala and beyond.

BONITA SPRINGS The farmers market here sets up on the west side of the Promenade Shopping Center’s parking lot and boasts a nice mix of vendors selling food and more. It’s on Saturdays from October through April, starting at 8 a.m. to noon. Don’t miss: Fresh heirloom tomatoes from Farmer Mike’s, a fourth-generation U-Pick family operation based in Bonita Springs, where it raises more than 100 different crops. Check out strawberries, squash, lettuce and herbs as well. One taste of the samples at Cherie's Sweet Treats stand, and you’re hooked. Moist white cake filled with raspberry sauce and topped with vanilla icing and snowy coconut make Cherie Vet’s Southern Coconut Raspberry Cupcake her top seller. Brewed from top-quality, organic tea leaves and lightly sweetened with stevia, Watermelon Green Tea comes personalized with a motivational message scrawled on each plastic glass.


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By Vanessa Blender Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening at the theater or an action-packed night on the town, you’ll find that Naples offers a wide range of nightlife opportunities. Dance the night away at the Mercato, which boasts an array of nightclubs and bars. Blue Martini is a hip and crowded joint that typically offers live music from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a DJ until later. The music is good, the people are fun and the martinis are to die for! Cavo Lounge is a popular nightlife spot that is known for its small plates and handcrafted cocktails. It’s the perfect spot to grab a bite


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while dancing and schmoozing with the “who’s who” of Naples. BURN by Rocky Patel is another nightlife spot at the Mercato. BURN is a popular cigar lounge that also typically hosts live music, so you can enjoy a well-made cigar with your refreshing cocktail. The Pub is a popular bar in the Mercato. With a British ambience and a large selection of beers, The Pub is perfect for hanging out after a day at the beach. Fifth Avenue is another great spot for nightlife. With the hustle and bustle that the downtown area attracts, the bars are always busy. Popular ones include Yabba Island Grill, HobNob Kitchen and Bar, Bar Trulia and Paddy Murphy’s Irish Pub. There are also several other great nightlife spots around Naples. South Street is a popular bar for up-and-coming local artists, and the graffiti walls and pops of art around the room

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create an appealing urban atmosphere. They also host karaoke nights, and it’s one of the best places to grab a pizza in Naples. Along with plenty of nightlife opportunities, Naples also offers an eclectic performancearts scene. The Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre have been putting on shows for over 65 years, performing popular musicals such as Chicago, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, and more. In addition to musicals, Sugden is known for bringing popular comedy and improv shows to the downtown area year-round. Other popular destinations for performance art include Artis—Naples, home of the Naples Philharmonic and The Baker Museum, and the Naples Performing Arts Center.

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From prehistoric sloths and fierce Calusa warriors to the state’s first golf resort and fat-tired swamp buggies, the Naples timeline meanders through millennia. Area museums sweep you into the past with exhibits that show how the southwest Florida city came to be; others explore art, nature and other facets of the Naples experience.

Native plants landscape the tree-shaded, five-acre park outside, where you will find a vintage swamp buggy and logging locomotive, Seminole chickee hut, re-created fort and early homes. Also near downtown, the Naples Depot Museum lives in the circa-1926 train station, where visitors such as Greta Garbo and Gary Cooper once arrived to vacation at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Florida’s first golf resort. This fun-to-explore museum traces local history by dugout canoe, railroad, automobile, swamp buggy and airplane. Two authentic restored railroad cars outside are open to tour as well. Both the Collier Museum and Naples Depot Museum host changing art, history and natural history exhibits of local relevance; so check out their websites to see what is scheduled. Part of the same Collier Museums group, the Marco Island Historical Museum specializes in Calusa culture. In December 2018, it debuted an exciting, long-awaited Key Marco Artifacts exhibition, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution until April 2021. The exhibition includes the iconic Key Marco Cat wood carving and other important pieces that were unearthed by archaeologist Frank Hamilton Cushing during his landmark 1896 excavations on the island — acclaimed as one of the nation’s most remarkable native American digs. In North Naples, not far from Naples Grande Beach Resort, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, known as C’MON, packages local history, nature and art in an interactive, family-friendly manner. The Naples Trolley is the centerpiece of the 30,000-square-foot hall inside the colorful ship-shaped building with its 12 galleries. A computerized graffiti wall, a touchable art exhibit and hands-on painting and drawing heighten kids’ interest in art. Nearby, plush animal toys fill the 350 branches of a gigantic, realistic banyan tree. Kids can step inside to experience a virtual pond and see fish flit away and water plants grow. The continued on pg. 89

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For a sound historical overview, start with Collier Museum at Government Center, just east of downtown. A giant sloth skeleton greets you as you enter the museum’s indoor exhibits. Realistic vignettes portray prehistoric, pioneer and other eras peopled by Seminole Indians, cattlemen, plume hunters, rum smugglers, loggers, pineapple farmers, Florida “Crackers” and other colorful characters.

With its many cultural offerings, the NaplesBonita Springs area shines on the silver screen.

With two international film festivals, a year-round indie film series, and two luxury cinemas, Naples and its neighbors boast big-screen entertainment options. Celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, the Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) ended with a blockbuster closing night that starred the dynamic comedic duo of Steve Martin and Martin Short. The 2019 event promises another four days in October filled with a gala opening, indie films and closing-night fanfare. Naples—Artis hosts the opening and closing affairs, while the elegant Silverspot Cinema airs three days of new-release American and foreign films. Watch in comfortable soft-leather chairs, relax with a drink from the extensive bar and enjoy full-menu dining. The city’s benchmark entertainment venue, Naples—Artis also sprinkles its muscle-bound calendar of concerts, Broadway shows, comedy and dance with stimulating lectures on cinema topics like Films of James Cagney. Other offerings include its Art in Film series, live orchestrated film events and Reel Stories: From Page to Screen. In nearby Bonita Springs, the Center for the Arts is making its mark on the area’s marquee. In 2015 the center expanded its visual arts campus to a second location and opened the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center. It was then able to grow its fledgling film series to a weekly Mondaynight schedule year-round, covering genres from classic to contemporary. Informed discussions follow airings. In 2016 the center hosted its first Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) in its new state-of-the-art film center. This year the four-day festival in February featured more than 70 films ranging from kids’ shorts and narrative films to animated flicks and documentaries in a daily mix of styles. Workshops, filmmaker Q&As and a gala opening round out the annual festival calendar. Silverspot Cinema, part of the Mercato entertainment district in North Naples, opened in 2009 as the region’s first deluxe dine-in theater. Throughout the year, it shows mainstream films along with high-brow fare, such as offerings from The Metropolitan Opera, and seasonal specials that could include anything from retro slasher flicks for Halloween to The King and I. Naples’ second luxury theater opened in 2014, just across the highway. Paragon Pavilion amenities include electric reclining leather chairs, ample leg room, reserved seating online, state-of-the-art projection, and beer, wine and pizza you can enjoy in the theater. Its 10 screens show mostly first-run, hit movies but also airs anime and old-school films. From all aspects, Naples has showcased film arts and taken cinema to a higher level, mixing media and engaging senses in fresh ways that cross boundaries. It’s the reel deal, just the way Naples rolls it.


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Meet Christine Lyons Living in Naples inspires this talented artist to express herself. By Jonathan Monje

Bright colors, warm details and positive energy. That’s what you’ll find in the paintings of local artist Christine Lyons. Like many of her Naples colleagues, Lyons draws inspiration from her lush southwest Florida surroundings, bountiful marine life and the city’s cosmopolitan charm. Here the coastal contemporary artist discusses her work and the inspiration behind it.

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What drew you to Naples? My husband and I moved here from Jacksonville about six years ago with our two kids. Naples offers a relaxed, familyoriented environment — and we love the beach! There is also a rich art community here. I was a part of the Naples Art District for about two years. Artists come together and work with each other on different events around town. There are plenty of art shows in the area, and it really brings the community together.

never have to sit “Iand think hard about

what to put on a blank canvas. It’s what I FEEL IN THAT MOMENT, the colors I want to see, the energy I want to express.”

How did you get into painting? I have a degree in interior design and have always leaned into the creative spectrum. I started painting when my son was born. Eventually I got confident enough to enter an art show, and I got some great feedback. The shows in which people gravitated towards my work inspired me to try different mediums, techniques and expressions. It’s gratifying to see your work changing someone’s perspective or giving someone the same feelings you had while painting the piece. Can you describe your artistic process? I started with a brush but made my way to using the pallet knife. It gives me so much more expression to use in creating a pop of color. I always loved thick textures, and as I’ve continued painting, I’ve noticed the need for more shapes, lines, dimensions and touch of details. I never have to sit and think hard about what to put on a blank canvas. It’s what I feel in that moment, the colors I want to see, the energy I want to express. It’s a very free form. Favorite local spots? Our favorite restaurant to visit with the kids is Tacos and Tequila. We also love going to beaches such as Clam Pass Park near Naples Grande. We love taking out our paddle boards, and in these beautiful waters you can see the stingrays and all the ocean life. Interesting facts about yourself? I love tennis and yoga, and I’m also a huge reptile lover. Specifically, snakes. We’ve also owned turtles and several lizards. Our turtles were getting too big at one point, so we gave them to the Nature Center at the conservancy in Naples. They take in animals for rehab and also provide a haven for them. We go back and visit from time to time. What’s ahead for you? I see myself gravitating more towards private shows. I just did a private show over the summer in Washington, D.C., and it was my best show yet. I have some shows on the calendar in Denver, Houston and Wilmington, N.C. The private shows are more personal, and you have the ability to discuss your art with people and show how your personality reflects in your work. I’ve also transitioned into using more art resin work. I’ve started making necklaces, which involves making tiny paintings and putting them onto pendants and throwing resin into the process. I see myself evolving more into objects. I want to utilize mediums people can wear or even decorate their homes with, which brings me back to interior design — my major in college.

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SWFL Festival of Birds rookerybay.org Naples Boat Show miacc.org Naples Winter Wine Festival napleswinefestival.com FEBRUARY Night at the Museum: Party Like a Rock Star at C’MON cmon.org/events Greek Festival at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church stkatherine.net Everglades Seafood Festival evergladesseafoodfestival.org ZOObilee at Naples Zoo napleszoo.org/zoobilee Cars on 5th carsonfifth.com

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MARCH Naples Craft Beer Fest at Bayfront naplescraftbeerfest.com Collier County Fair collierfair.com St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth fifthavenuesouth.com Naples Downtown Art Show on Fifth Avenue South naplesart.org Relay for Life of Naples relayforlife.org/naplesfl APRIL Stardust Big Memories Big Band paradisecoast.com For the Love of Art Celebration naplesart.org 2019 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships usopenpickleballchampionship.com Spring Restaurant Week First Bite Event paradisecoast.com

Chubb Classic chubbclassic.com

MAY StayInMay Festival stayinmay.com

BaconFest baconfestnaples.com

Summer Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week swflrestaurantweek.com

40th Annual Naples National Art Festival naplesart.org/naples-national

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JANUARY Big Swamp Smoke Off bigswampsmokeoff.com

J U LY Fourth of July Fireworks at Naples Pier Fourth of July Parade naplesgov.com OCTOBER Naples Stone Crab Festival stonecrabfestival.com Fine Art and Craft Shows — Cambier Park naplesgov.com NOVEMBER American Indian Arts Celebration ahtahthiki.com/events Christmas on Third Street South thirdstreetsouth.com/christmas-on-third DECEMBER Naples Christmas Parade fifthavenuesouth.com Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks naplesgov.com


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Journey through the Everglades exhibit’s boardwalk winds up into the tree and overlooks the mangrove maze of 20 or so pods with hands-on learning experiences. At The Beach exhibit, kids can fish with poles and magnetic bait, then identify the fish they catch.

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Naples Players, the city’s oldest community theater troupe, celebrated its 65th season in 2018.

One exhibit teaches about seasons in other parts of the country: Kids rake leaves and crawl into a chilly igloo. Different areas engage tots ages 3 and younger, the age 8-to-14 set and teens. In Backyardville, water play, a hedge maze, a rolling hill and a chalkboard wall keep kids engaged outdoors.

The group performs in the Sugden Community Theatre, a downtown anchor that it built in 1998.

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Also appealing to kids as well as adults, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Nature Center comprises a multifaceted indoor and outdoor complex. In their Dalton Discovery Center interactive museum, visitors can explore the ecosystems of southwest Florida. It houses more than 100 live animals and hands-on exhibits for all ages.

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In fall 2019, culture seekers look forward to the reopening of The Baker Museum, which closed in September 2017 due to hurricane damage. On the campus of Artis— Naples, The Baker polishes the area’s world-class reputation for fine art. It will reopen with a new façade, entryway and expanded gallery, event and educational spaces. The expansive collection includes the museum’s entrance gates, crafted by metal artist Albert Paley, plus stunning chandeliers and a Persian ceiling created by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Rotating exhibits from the museum’s collection include modern American masters from 1900 to 1955 and two monumental sculptures by Louise Nevelson. Special exhibits run throughout the season and ensure a new experience with each visit.

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attract cosmopolitan visitors seeking a multitude of luxurious lifestyle choices.”

Southwest Florida is renowned throughout the world as a premier warm-weather destination. Framed with swaying palms, sugar-white sands and the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its subtropical climes, sun-drenched landscape and upscale residences attract cosmopolitan visitors seeking a multitude of luxurious lifestyle choices. Naples’ crown jewel is Gordon Drive, where magnificent estates line the beach and waterways provide yachting access to Naples Bay and the Gulf. Nearby, Aqualane Shores’ single-family homes front canals that offer an equally rich boating experience. Olde Naples’ distinctive mix of upscale urban residences and retail provide a worldclass ambience. Florida-style cottages are

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intermingled with modern single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, many of which elevate the rich architectural history of the past with chic new designs. Stock Development’s Residences on Sixth are mere moments from the shops and cafés of Fifth Avenue South, while the legendary Naples Pier is a short stroll from the boutiques and restaurants of Third Street South. Just to the north, the intimate neighborhoods of The Moorings, Crayton Road, Coquina Sands and Park Shore provide more options for enjoying Naples’ luxury lifestyle. Waterfront condominiums and single-family homes take advantage of southwest Florida’s spectacular sunsets. Many residences in Park Shore are set on the shores of picturesque Venetian Bay.


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and traditions of Olde Naples, homes overlook miles of scenic kayak and hiking trails.”

Virtually anywhere you go in search of your piece of paradise in southwest Florida, you’ll find celebrated communities bearing the distinctive brand of Stock Development. With more than seven decades of building experience, the Stock family name has long been synonymous with quality real estate. The company is celebrating its 17th year in southwest Florida and remains committed to the tradition of excellence that has shaped it from its very beginning. Stock gives buyers unparalleled choices from their luxury homebuilding division. The company continues to expand its reach in southwest Florida, most recently with furnished models in communities and neighborhoods from Marco Island north to Bradenton and in Palm Beach. The expansion includes homes in The Concession in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, TwinEagles, Babcock Ranch, The Isles of Collier Preserve, Fiddler’s Creek, Lely Resort, Quail West, Naples Reserve,

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Olde Naples, the Park Shore and Pine Ridge neighborhoods in Naples, Marco Island, Hidden Harbor, The Renaissance and Babcock Ranch in Lee County, and Palm Beach. Stock Development’s homebuilding division consists of Three Tiers of Excellence, including Stock Classic, Signature and Custom Homes, which have been acknowledged locally and nationally with more than 500 awards for their outstanding communities, product design, amenities, and overall quality. Stock Development has been on Builder magazine’s “Builder 100” list of the top 100 homebuilders in the United States for several years. The company has also received “Community of the Year,” “Builder of the Year” and “Developer of the Year” honors. Residences by Stock Signature Homes in the 2018 Collier Building Industry Association and Lee Building Industry Association Parades of Homes received numerous awards. Visit Stock Development online at stockdevelopment.com or call 239592-7344 for more information.

Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from downtown Naples, The Isles of Collier Preserve features a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Olde Naples, homes overlook miles of scenic kayak and hiking trails. With over half of the 2,400 acres dedicated to lakes, nature preserves and natural habitat, combined with outdoor-inspired amenities, The Isles of Collier Preserve is an extraordinary new community where the magic of Olde Naples and unspoiled nature still coexist. The Isles is a master-planned community boasting 1,600 unique coastal-themed new construction residences for sale, with stunning water and nature views, including luxury villas, singlefamily and coach homes.  Continuing south, just off of Collier Boulevard on your way to Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is a private, master-planned, residential community offering unsurpassed elegance among a tropical setting. With a very lowdensity level of 1.6 Florida golf course homes for sale per gross acre, the plan anticipates nearly 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Committed to preserving the environment, Fiddler’s Creek is designed to accommodate and enhance the natural beauty of Florida. Less than one-third of Fiddler’s Creek is being developed for residential use, while the remainder of the land is dedicated primarily to nature reserves, lakes, parks, golf courses and recreational areas. 


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Amenities offered at Fiddler’s Creek include a 54,000-square-foot club and spa, fitness center, resort-style multi-pool swimming complex, tennis courts, restaurants and the opportunity to join The Golf Club and The Tarpon Club.  There are more than 70 championship golf courses in Collier County, the majority of which are in private, gated country club communities. At the top of the list is Quail West in North Naples. Acknowledged for its stunning beauty, Quail West’s Preserve and Lakes courses weave through grand estate, single-family and villa neighborhoods. The stunning 70,000-square-foot clubhouse complex includes formal dining, an enlarged and redesigned pre-function space, an amazing 12,000-square-foot dedicated fitness and wellness building, a full-service salon and spa, a glass-enclosed indoor heated pool and lighted Har-Tru tennis courts. Recent renovations have transformed the lower floor of the clubhouse, providing more casual spaces that tie in the traditional elements of the club with a more relaxed casual atmosphere presented by the lower floor’s corridor that integrates golf, fitness, tennis, the salon and spa, and casual dining. N A P L E S G R A N D E . CO M

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Emergencies For medical, fire and other emergencies, call 911. Collier County Sheriff’s Office: 239-774-4434 Naples Police Department: 239-213-4844 City of Naples Fire Rescue: 239-213-4900 Marco Island Fire Department: 239-389-5040

Hospitals Naples Community Hospital: 239-436-5000 North Collier Hospital: 239-552-7000 Physician’s Regional Medical Center — Collier: 239-354-6000 Pine Ridge: 239-348-4000 Marco Island Healthcare Center: 239-394-8234

all night in some cases. There are scores of banks in Naples and throughout Collier County. If you can’t make it to a bank, you’ll find ATMs throughout the city that are open 24 hours a day.

around Naples is to rent a car, and the city offers scores of choices and price ranges. Check online and at the airport, or ask the Concierge Desk for help. 239-254-5600

Tourism Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce: 239-262-6376

Post Offices Naples Main: 239-435-2146 Marco Island Main: 239-393-6300

Getting Around Ready to explore? Reaching the many attractions and activities that Naples offers couldn’t be easier. From taxis and trolleys to city buses, seaplanes — and even Segway tours — you have a wide variety of transportation options. The Concierge Desk will be happy to help you get to any of the city’s favorite sites.

Primary ground access to Naples is from north and east on Interstate 75. Naples is also directly on U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail, which extends to Miami. Although this route may be congested at times with local traffic, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent scenery throughout the drive.

Shops & Banks Stores and banks have widely divergent hours of operation, from mornings to late night, or

Boats. Naples City Dock permits short-term stays for vessels as long as 120 feet. Fees are reasonable at marker 34 in Naples Bay. The dock monitors VHF Channel 16. 239-213-3070 Buses. Naples is served by Collier Area Transit (CAT), featuring a fleet of buses and a variety of routes. A transfer option to Lee County Transit (LeeTran) allows for travel between the counties. 239-252-7777 Limos. Whether you’re traveling to or from the airport or want to ride around town in style, you’ll find that several transport companies offer an elite fleet of luxury vehicles. Ask your Concierge Desk to recommend one. 239-254-5600 Rental Cars. The easiest and most convenient way to get

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Seaplane. Tour the lush Everglades and magnificent shoreline from Naples to Key West taking off and landing on the water. Arrange a tour with a charter sea aviation company for an unforgettable adventure. 239-254-5600 Trolley. The narrated Naples Trolley Tours offers a great way to get to know the city and its many charms. Hop on the colorful bus and hop off whenever you like to shop in waterside boutiques or to snap a photo at historic or scenic sites. 239-262-7300 Water Taxi. Climb aboard the Naples Bay Water Shuttle for a scenic, relaxing and affordable ride to some of the city’s top waterfront shopping, hotel and dining destinations. With a fixed route and stops, the shuttle is more of a water bus than a taxi, perfect for sightseeing, shopping excursions and checking out popular restaurants and bars. 239-206-0160


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Dining & Nightlife BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR, p. 75 Tel: 239-649-5552 baysideseagoodgrillandbar.com One of Naples’ most beloved waterfront restaurants has been regaling guests with delectable fare that’s always paired with spectacular views of Venetian Village and Venetian Bay. While seafood is a specialty here, guests also enjoy steaks and chops, specialty pasta dishes and more. BLUE MARTINI, p. 81 Tel: 239-784-8925 naples.bluemartinilounge.com Blue Martini Naples offers a mix of atmospheres ranging from a casual patio vibe where you can enjoy everything from tapas and cocktails to a high-energy stage with local bands and DJ mixes from around the world. BONE HOOK BREWING COMPANY, p. 78-79 Tel: 239-631-8522 bonehookbrewing.com Bone Hook beers are unique! No, really! Basically, the beers are insanely good because the Bone Hook team is comprised of science nerds. The on-site lab enables the crew to perfect each style of beer, thus producing only the highest-quality product for suds-loving saps. Test the waters and start with their signature IPA. It’s the first beer they brewed and the most popular. BURN BY ROCKY PATEL, Inside front cover Tel: 239-653-9013 burnbyrockypatel.com This evolution in cigar lounges features a design blending Cuban, Asian and Mediterranean motifs to create a sanctuary for those who prize fine cigars and upscale spirits. Beyond stocking a full line of Rocky Patel cigars, Burn features top cigar brands from around the world, VIP service and regular events. THE CATCH OF THE PELICAN, p. 73 Tel: 239-594-6325 naplesgrande.com naplesgrande.com/dining The Catch of the Pelican is the signature restaurant at Naples Grande Beach Resort, featuring local seafood, produce and steaks. Enjoy fresh locally inspired cuisine in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting.

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CAVO LOUNGE, p. 83 Tel: 239-431-8706 cavolounge.com Cavo Lounge is Naples’ finest upscale lounge located in Mercato. They feature handcrafted cocktails, exclusive culinary dishes, nightly specials and live entertainment. Happy hour is seven days a week from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re not there, you’re missing out. PHELAN FAMILY BRANDS, p. 77 Tel: 239-431-5504 phelanbrands.com Family owned and operated since 1997, Phelan Family Brands includes restaurants that are sure to satisfy everyone in the family. Choose from Pinchers, Island Crab Company, Deep Lagoon Seafood or Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse. After 20 years of business, there is one thing that has remained the same — their family culture. RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL, p. 75 Tel: 239-262-5500 ridgwaybarandgrill.com This iconic Naples dining destination features five lovely dining settings to enjoy artfully prepared classic American cuisine with timeless French touches made with artisanal ingredients. And since Ridgway’s wine list has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2013, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your meal here. SAILS RESTAURANT, p. 13 Tel: 239-360-2000 sailsrestaurants.com Just steps from the beach, Sails Restaurant offers the finest flavors from France, Italy and Greece; fresh seafood; handmade pastas; Kobe beef delicacies; handcrafted cocktails and an expertly curated wine list. SOUTH STREET, Inside back cover Tel: 239-435-9333 southstreetnaples.com Voted best craft beer selection and the Gulf Coast Life Best Live Music Restaurant and Bar year after year, South Street offers award-winning entrees and brick oven pizza, a full bar with signature craft cocktails, and over 50 craft beers on tap. From the cool vibes to the unforgettable artwork on the walls to the music stage and lighting, South Street has become a legendary favorite

by locals, tourists, celebrities and world-class musicians alike. T-MICHAELS, p. 71 Tel: 239-261-0622 t-michaels.com Spectacular steak and seafood make T-Michaels an obligatory stop if you haven’t sampled their classically prepared, sumptuous fare before. The waterfront location on Venetian Bay further adds to the enjoyment of the cuisine and may be why T-Michaels has become a popular gathering place known as Naples’ version of Cheers.

Real Estate MICHAEL LAWLER, p. 4–5 Tel: 239-261-3939 michaellawler.com With nearly 30 years of real estate experience, Michael Lawler has focused on luxury residential properties in coastal communities throughout the southwest Florida area. In sales volume, he ranks among the top 50 residential real estate brokers in the United States, according to the REAL Trends 2016 report of brokers. STOCK DEVELOPMENT, p. 93 Tel: 239-592-7344 stockdevelopment.com Building homes in southwest Florida’s most exceptional communities, Stock Signature Homes are movein ready and irresistibly inviting. Proudly presented by an awardwinning homebuilder with 15 years of experience and 4,000+ homes built.

Services KARI STENHOLM PHOTOGRAPHY, p. 96 Tel: 305-762-7533 karistenholmphotography.com Kari Stenholm is a passionate photographer who has worked with the best names in the world of fashion and photography. His work has been featured in international publications such as L’Uomo Vogue, L’Officiel Hommes, GQ and Men’s Health.

Shopping CAROLYN’S OFF THIRD, p. 57 Tel: 239-331-3632 Carolyn’s designer boutique offers

luxury goods by sought-after designers, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Hermès. All their prices are up to 70 percent off retail. Carolyn arrived from San Diego, where she was voted “best” over the last 25 years. One of the top shopping picks by USA Today. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consignments by appointment. We buy designer handbags. CASANOVA BOUTIQUE, p. 8-9 Tel: 239-450-6844 facebook.com/casanovasnaples Located in Venetian Village, this luxury women’s fashion boutique introduces cutting-edge brands of apparel and accessories from all corners of the globe. Owned by Italian native Marina Montmorency, Casanova is an avant-garde “green boutique” supporting brands that use organic and eco-friendly materials. CASANOVA VENETIAN GLASS & ART, p. 8-9 Tel: 239-571-1610 casanovavenetianglass.com casanovaart.com Offering the largest selection of Murano glass in the United States, Casanova Venetian Glass & Art combines art glass with paintings from many world-renowned artists. Its owners visit over 30 furnaces in Murano to choose only the finest glass available, including Venetian mirrors and masks, vases, chandeliers, sculptures and jewelry. CROWN JEWELERS OF NAPLES, p. 11 Tel: 239-228-5996 crownjewelersnaples.com Crown Jewelers is pleased to help guide you in your selection of traditional and classic with a modern twist. You’ll find rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Whether purchasing for a special occasion, adding to a private “regalia,” refreshing an out-of-date collection or creating a new piece, the team of fine jewelry experts ensures everyone is treated like royalty. J&K COLLECTIONS, p. 17 Tel: 239-262-4040 jkcollections.net Located at The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, J&K Collections is a fashionable women’s boutique offering unique clothing and accessories for discerning buyers.


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JOHN CRAIG, p. 6-7 Tel: 239-596-5374 johncraigclothier.com The John Craig mission is to provide exceptional, timeless menswear for the sophisticated man with individualized and unparalleled customer service. The extraordinary ambience of John Craig Clothier enables customers to feel at home and comfortable as they shop. We find that “men come to John Craig for the clothes, and they keep coming back for the experience.” MIROMAR OUTLETS, p. 59 Tel: 239-948-3766 miromaroutlets.com Featuring more than 140 top designer and brand-name outlets with savings of up to 70 percent off retail prices. Find great savings on top names, including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store and more. NORMAN LOVE CONFECTIONS, p. 61 Tel: 239-561-7215 normanloveconfections.com With an emphasis on artistry, premium ingredients and innovative flavor combinations, Norman Love has been producing beautiful handcrafted chocolate since 2001. The renowned chocolatier has earned significant national and international acclaim for his edible masterpieces. OMEGA BOUTIQUE, p. 2-3 Tel: 239-596-5624 omegawatches.com Innovative watchmaking is the cornerstone of OMEGA’s heritage, but it is inspired by sports timekeeping, their conquests of space, advocacy on behalf of worthy organizations and, of course, their enviable role in support of the world’s favorite spy. THIRD STREET SOUTH, p. 1 Tel: 239-434-6533 thirdstreetsouth.com Known for glamour and good times since the 1930s, Third Street South brings together some of Naples’ finest dining and shopping options. Refined fashion boutiques and jewelers, elegant shops with fabulous décor offerings, fascinating art galleries, pampering spas and exquisite dining options are rounded out by gorgeous gardens and architecture.

TOURNEAU, Back cover Tel: 239-591-1342 tourneau.com One of the best places to shop for luxury watches, top featured brands include Tourneau, Rolex, Cartier, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and more. Located in the Waterside Shops, Tourneau also offers a wide range of styles, a selection of pre-owned luxury watches and expert service and repairs. THE VILLAGE SHOPS ON VENETIAN BAY, p. 15 Tel: 239-261-6100 venetianvillage.com Local, exquisite boutiques with handcrafted goods, superb and inviting restaurants and a wonderful waterfront setting make The Village Shops a must-stop for visitors to Naples. And with so many local stores with unique sourcing, you’re bound to make some exciting new discoveries.

Tours & Activities ALL WATER EXCURSIONS, p. 33 Tel: 239-594-0213 allwaterexcursionsmarina.com Southwest Florida’s number one location for everything on the water, with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Offering backwater and offshore fishing, kayak and paddleboard rentals and guided tours, sunset cruises, dolphin ecotours, WaveRunner and Jet Ski tours, boat rentals, private charters, shelling excursions and more. DALIS FISHING CHARTERS, INC., p. 39 Tel: 239-450-4870 fishnaplesdalis.com Three great choices for offshore fishing with experienced Captains Gene and Paul Luciano. Located at Naples City Dock, 46-foot Dalis departs daily at 7:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Charter speedy 34-foot Dalis II or 34-foot Dalis III for your private adventure. License, rod, reel, tackle and bait included. Reservations recommended. NAPLES BEACH WATERSPORTS, p. 37 Tel: 239-572-2953 marcoislandwatersports.com Choose your adventure: Scoot around the warm Gulf waters in a WaveRunner, get a bird’s-eye view of the coastline from a parasail, have fun and get fit in kayaks or stand-up paddleboards — or opt for a banana boat for a little Gulf-style thrill ride.

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN, p. 49 Tel: 239-643-7275 naplesgarden.org Naples Botanical Garden is a 170acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. It’s also the youngest garden in history to receive the American Public Gardens Association’s prestigious Award for Garden Excellence. Visit their website to view the many activities taking place throughout the year. NAPLES GRANDE GOLF CLUB, p. 47 Tel: 239-659-3700 naplesgrandegolf.com The Rees Jones—designed private course recently completed an $8 million renovation that included the addition of its first formal clubhouse. Named one of North America’s “Top 100 Resort Courses” by Golfweek magazine, the 18hole, 6,955-yard, par-72 course is set among a lush landscape and brilliant water features. THE NAPLES PLAYERS, p. 89 Tel: 239-263-7990 naplesplayers.org The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre in downtown Naples is one of the top theaters in the country. They offer a variety of plays and musicals in two intimate spaces: Blackburn Hall and the Tobye Studio, both located in one building on Fifth Avenue South. The Naples Players continually seeks to enrich, educate and entertain the community through a superior theater experience. NAPLES PRINCESS CRUISES, p. 41 Tel: 239-649-2275 naplesprincesscruises.com The most elegant luxury yacht in southwest Florida awaits. Taking a lunch, dinner or hors d’oeuvres cruise adds freshly prepared culinary delights to the spectacular sights in Naples Bay and Port Royal. Besides the daily public cruises, you can also charter the Naples Princess for private events. NAPLES TROLLEY TOURS, p. 8-9 Tel: 239-260-3272 naplestrolleytours.com Enjoy a fascinating tour that showcases the natural beauty, history and charm of Naples, all from a comfortable vintage trolley. Fully narrated, the trolley tour covers more than 100 points of interest.

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PURE FLORIDA, p. 40 Tel: 239-263-4949 purefl.com Pure Florida specializes in water experiences that bring the beauty and wonder of southwest Florida within reach. Their locations in Naples and Fort Myers offer sightseeing, river and sunset cruises, Jet Ski tours and rentals, boat rentals, fishing trips and charters, ecotours, jet boat rides and private and corporate cruises. SEGWAY OF NAPLES, p. 8-9 Tel: 239-260-3272 segwayofnaples.com The latest and great Segway i2 machines — coupled with stateof-the-art headsets — will take visitors and locals alike on a fun, insightful trip through Naples’ past and present, all on the only AAAapproved tour in Collier County. SWEET LIBERTY, p. 35 Tel: 239-793-3525 sweetliberty.com Sweet Liberty offers a variety of cruises to choose from, such as shelling, sunset or sightseeing tours. Cruise the pristine local waters on one of the daily Naples cruises aboard the 44-passenger, 53-foot sailing catamaran. It’s the perfect way to spend your day.

Transportation DOLPHIN TRANSPORTATION, p. 97 Tel: 239-530-0100 dolphinnaples.com Known as the top transportation company in Naples, Dolphin Transportation is the preferred choice for luxury airport transfers, group charters, limousine rentals, wedding transportation and more in southwest Florida. A wide array of vehicles and superb service allow guests to relax while they handle transportation details. NAPLES TRANSPORTATION & TOURS, p. 45, 49 Tel: 239-260-3256 naples-transportation.com NT&T is the leading provider of reliable full-service transportation in southwest Florida, with a fleet of over 60 vehicles and 75 professional and courteous chauffeurs. The company can accommodate all transportation needs 24/7, delivering five-star quality, value and personalized service.

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Neapolitan is the official in-room, lifestyle magazine for the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.