Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades wilderness, Naples combines breathtaking natural beauty with relaxed, sophisticated living in one of the world’s most desirable, tropical retirement locations.
White sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and exciting eco-adventures offer virtually infinite opportunities for outdoor fun. A vast array of businesses and services, including fascinating shops and enticing restaurants, satisfy every need and desire. A vibrant art scene, together with an extraordinary assortment of community and charity events, brings a cosmopolitan flair to the Naples way of life. Together with Marco Island and the Everglades, the Naples area is known as Florida’s Paradise Coast.
The Gulf of Mexico beach, only ten miles away, is noted for its cleanliness and white sand.
Naples is only a short distance from the untamed tropical wilderness of the Everglades, where you can take a canoe or kayak eco-tour on a swamp buggy or airboat through the backcountry. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the Everglades is known not only for its 11,000 acres of twisting bayous and unusual wildlife, but for a two-and-a-half-mile long boardwalk that winds through the sanctuary.
Explore the turquoise waters of the Gulf on one of Naples’ many charter fishing trips. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is the premier performance hall in the region and is home to the Naples Philharmonic. CNN and Money Magazine have both recognized Collier County as one of the top five “best places for a long life in the United States” due in large to its performing arts community. Naples was recently named the #1 Small Art Town in America.
With more than 80 championship golf courses in the area, Naples is the self-titled ‘Golf Capital of the World,’ claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community. Naples is also within 30 minutes of the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox spring training facilities that are based in the area through the winter.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Colleges and universities in Naples are The Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology and The International College.
Naples Community Hospital has more than 600 physicians, 3,900 highly trained employees and 1,100 volunteers who comprise an outstanding medical team at this 716-bed hospital. Specialties include cardiology, oncology, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, psychiatry, pediatric emergency medicine, surgery, diagnostics and more. The NCH Healthcare System is the first Mayo Clinic Center in Florida.
Florida’s Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program, DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The Ivey House Bed & Breakfast in Everglades City was the region’s first DEP Green Lodge. The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, the Naples Hilton, the Naples Grande Beach Resort and many other tourist destinations are quickly becoming ‘green’ and helping to educate guests in the process. Other regional hotels earning the Florida DEP Green Lodge designation include the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa and the Bridge Water Inn on Pine Island.