• McCabes Irish Pub (5th Ave, Downtown). Great food and a truly authentic atmosphere… unlike The Pub (Mercado Plaza, North Naples), which has cheesy bar quality food and lousy service.
  • Cafe Lucret (5th Ave, Downtown). The best Miso Sea Bass and freshly made mini doughnuts ever.
  • TruLucks (4th Ave, Downtown). Their seasonal seafood is absolutely perfect. Great desserts and a large wine list. Personally though… I can’t stand when they charge me $12 for a glass of Dr. Loosen Riesling when the bottle itself is $11.50. The food is one of the best in Naples though.
  • Baleen’s (at La Player Hotel off Vanderbilt). Seasonal menu and a beach-side view. Perfect.
  • Dairy Queen Grill and Chill (7th and 41). They have chocolate soft serve. Period.
  • Provident Jewelers (5th Ave, Downtown). Both “estate” and new pieces. Decent prices and great selection. Very intelligent staff.
  • The beach off 12th. Lots of parking and right by the pier. Walk south for more privacy.
  • Boating. You’ve got to boat. Don’t rent one if you don’t own one elsewhere. No one appreciates a novice boater causing havoc. Instead make a friend in Naples and have them take you out 🙂
  • Marco Island. Lovely place to walk around and visit. Small island with lots of history.
  • The Everglades (south on 41). There’s a walk-about “park” that is absolutely amazing. Summer time will be pretty, but buggy. Winter will have tourists. Choose your irritant 😉
  • Trader Joe’s (41… VERY North Naples/Bonita Springs). For those of us from California, it’s like home. Gourmet, organic and world foods with very low prices. They get shipments in daily. One hellava drive for those of us downtown, but worth it.
  • Port Royal and Royal Harbor. The best boating places to live.
  • Jimmy P’s (41 near Golden Gate). OMG… the best pork roast ever. Ever. Full service butcher and deli.
  • Tony’s Off Third (off 3rd, Downtown). Best bakery (cakes, etc.)
  • Waterside Mall (41 and Pine Ridge- North Naples). The only mall really. Apple, Burberry, Coach, Saks, Nordstrom, Louis V, MaxMara, Van Cleef and Arpels, Williams Sonoma, etc. A few good eateries too.
  • 5th Avenue Downtown. Small unique shops and interesting eateries. Avoid the “theater” as it’s just a local group of small-town players (same people different stories.) Plenty of delicious dessert places and art boutiques to sweeten both the mouth and the eye though 😉
  • The Zoo (Goodlette Rd.) Small, family run zoo with an amazing way to share the wildlife experience.
  • Custom Aquatic Studios (Enterprise, off Airport). Gorgeous and healthy fish that are well-loved. Small selection, but they take care of their regulars.

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