In the late 1880s, the former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and Louiseville businessman Walter Haldeman instituted Naples. From the 1870s to the ’80s, magazines and newspapers recorded and compared the area’s placid climate and flourishing number of fishes to the Italian peninsula. The etymology of “Naples” came from the fact that promoters described that the area even outmatched the bay in Naples in Italy.
Tourists arrive to Naples through Southwest Florida International Airport, which is 42 miles fron the city. From there, guests can always rent a car to drive around Naples.
Naples’ weather generally falls under the savanna type—having more evident dry spells and less rainfall.
Average high temperature is 91°F, usually around July and August. Average low temperature is 54°F, around January and February. Lowest average recorded precipitation is 1.5 inches in December, and highest recorded precipitation is 8.18 inches in June.
What to Wear
During summer months, it is advisable to wear light-colored and cool clothing, especially those made from cotton. Women can wear skirts and cool sundresses. Flip flops are definitely something to bring. If you plan to stay outdoors for longer hours, bring along a hat, a pair of shades for eye protection, and apply a generous amount of sunblock with a high SPF, applying every 2 to 3 hours.
When on business meetings, wear appropriate clothing made of light-colored and cool materials. For night outs, it is advisable to wear appropriate outfits.
During the rainy seasons, be sure to have a jacket or sweatshirt. Same goes for non-rainy days but with cooler nights.
All year round, Naples is a good place for fishing. Anglers might get to encounter some of the fishes listed below.
BEST MONTHS TO FISH
amberjack – March to June
Barracuda – all year long, except for June
blackfin tuna – March to April, October to December
blue marlin – April to October
bonefish – April to May, September to November
cobia – January to May, October to December
grouper – January to August, November to December
king mackerel – January to March, July, December
dolphin – May to September
permit – February to March, May, July, October to November
sailfish – January to March, May, September to November
shark – January to March, May, July, September to December
snapper – all year round except July
tarpon – April to June
wahoo – February, August to November
white marlin – June
yellowfin tuna – January and December (winter months)
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING
The following are the most appropriate outfit when going for a fish:
• light long sleeves, cool light-colored cotton outfits
• jacket or other rain gear
• boat shoes
• sun screen with high SPF
The following should also be in your A-list:
• water or your preferred beverages
Attractions and Activities
From beaches to parks, Naples offers great attraction for both tourists and locals. Here are some of those.
*Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road Naples, FL 34102
9th Avenue Naples, FL
*Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11100 Gulfshore Drive Naples, FL 34108
Phone: 239-597-6196, Fax: 239-597-8223
*Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive, at Thomasson Drive, Naples, FL
15000 Livingston Rd Naples, FL 34109
*Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West Naples, FL 34120
Phone: (239) 348-9151, Fax: 239-348-9155
Where to Stay
Listed are accomodations may want to choose from before going on an adventure around Naples.
*Doubletree Suites by Hilton Naples
12200 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110
221 Ninth St S, Naples, FL 34102
*LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples
9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, FL 34108
5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103
*The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34108
*Best Western Naples Plaza Hotel
6400 Dudley Dr Naples, FL 34105
*Naples Courtyard Inn
2630 Tamiami Trail North Naples, FL 34103
*Inn of Naples
4055 Tamiami Trl N Naples, FL 34103
*Park Shore Resort
600 Neapolitan Way Naples, FL 34103
Where to Eat
Guests and locals enjoy eating and spending time with families and friends. Here are some of the restaurants where people of all ages can come, dine, and spend those precious bonding moments.
*Simply Cupcakes of Naples
2757 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112 (239) 530-1101
*Sophia’s Ristorante Italiano
3545 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109
*Sushi-Thai of Naples
869 103rd Ave N #10, US 41, Naples, FL 34108
13500 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110
4111 Tamiami Trl N, Naples, FL 34103-3102
*European Bakery and Cafe
71 9th Street, US41, Naples, FL 34102-6205
*Citrus Seafood Restaurant
455 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL
4951 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103
9891 Gulfshore Dr, Naples, FL 34108
*Bha! Bha! Bistro
847 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples, FL 34108-8709