Chad’s Blog: Do Naples

Last season, we did an episode that was all about Naples. Well, I can tell you from experience that one half-hour episode is not enough time to cover everything there is to Do there!

Florida’s Paradise Coast runs along the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida and is considered an idyllic Florida getaway — even if you’ve lived in Florida for years. There’s such a laid-back lifestyle in an almost secluded area near gorgeous turquoise waters and white sands. Naples is also a fairly easy drive from Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami.

Downtown Naples is a shopper’s dream with dozens of high-end chic clothing boutiques, home decor shops, art galleries, and dining. Nearly every restaurant and bar has outdoor patios — perfect for hanging out on a warm night and soaking in all the rich culture that makes this area so famous.

There are so many ways to Do florida, but no way is more fun than on the water. Rent a jet ski, go on a shelling or dolphin tour, or rent a boat like I did with Pure Florida and just gawk at all the million-dollar mansions and yachts.

While you’re in Naples, check out Clyde Butcher’s Eco Swamp Walks. Don’t let idea of strolling through a swamp turn you away — it was one of the best how to Do florida experiences I have ever encountered. Seriously. A must Do.

Looking back on this episode of Naples, I’m so glad I finally tried spearfishing. The combination of scuba diving and fishing underwater was such an adventure! And, there’s nothing better than taking my mangrove snapper to the Hyatt House in Naples for some Spear and Sear. Talk about fresh! If you’re looking for an exciting way to go fishing, I highly recommend Bill D’Antuono and his team.


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