The secret is out, Naples has a lot going for it. From amazing golf courses and beaches to a growing cultural scene and top-notch healthcare systems, Naples is really getting on the map. Here’s a quick peek at the accolades that Naples has received from some rather reputable publications over the past two years. If you are on the fence about choosing Naples as a place to visit, “winter in,” or call home, take a look at how Naples is stacking up against some pretty tough competition throughout the United States and even the world.
“It has a Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country’s healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple.” -A.Pawlowski
“Retirees are drawn here thanks to the city’s low taxes, growing cultural scene, beaches and diverse real estate market.” – Sandra Block
“According to USA Today 10Best readers, luxury travel in the USA doesn’t get any better than Naples, Fla., winner of the title Best Destination for Luxury Travelers. This beachy jewel on Florida’s southwestern coast has it all: top-notch resorts, excellent shopping, world-class dining and galleries galore!” -Larry Bleiberg
“Florida is home to six of the top 10 metro areas when it comes to the highest forecasted employment growth. Leading the way is retirement hot spot Naples with projected annual gains of 4.6% through 2017, according to Moody’s Analytics. “Areas like Naples are adding jobs at a faster rate because of the population growth among baby boomers,” says Moody’s Analytics economist Kwame Donaldson, who focuses on the Florida market.” – Kurt Badenhausen
“With so many canals and lakes in South Florida, it is no surprise that a place like Naples took the number one spot on this list. This area has a staggering amount of waterfront listings available with more than 13,000 waterfront properties on the market.” – Alana Finn
“the active senior set who want to take a break at an upscale café between rounds of tennis and golf at the club and have access to Florida’s west coast and its white-sand beaches.”
“Among the country’s best destinations for golf and sunshine (which also spells: a great place to retire), Naples is dotted with sleek hotels, shops, and restaurants.” – Katherine LaGrave
If the above shout-outs for Naples have tempted you to book a plane ticket to fly down and experience for yourself what’s so great about this town (or should I say big city according to Condé Nast Traveler), I don’t blame you. But, if you are a foodie and within driving distance and need one more reason to explore Naples, here are 10! Plus, if you hurry, Naples Restaurant Week is just around the corner!
“In the past few years, Florida’s Paradise Coast has gone through a restaurant renaissance. Hip, homey gastropubs, satisfying steakhouses and new wave Peruvian have all landed in Naples and its surrounding neighborhoods, making it a cool kid on the Florida culinary landscape.” – Michelle Muslera