When my wife first asked me if I wanted to visit Naples, Florida, I had the same reaction as most: "I think I have a grandmother living downstairs." She laughed at me, told her I was serious, but it wasn't until 3 years later, after visiting her twice and deciding to move down there, I realized that Naples' reputation was only partially guaranteed, for the best.
Naples is certainly ripe with more than 55 communities, old money, gated communities where homeowners association fees cost more than community mortgages and mortgages. But all these things blend seamlessly into the subtropical paradise that has exploded in the fury of commercialism over the last 15 years. Downtown Naples is still a very attractive destination, usually attracting older crowds. But bars like Yabba challenge it with DJs, laser lights and stylish under-40s.
Moving beyond downtown, Naples is a cornucopia of activities for shanker, foodie, socialist, beach, campers, fishermen, boaters, nature lovers, tree-growers, artists, musicians, golfers and hedonists. And why not live a life of pleasure, especially when surrounded by palm trees, the perfect time for 6 months of the year and some of the best white sand beaches on the planet.
Located in the southwestern end of Florida as far south as you can, without being completely overwhelmed by the Everglades, Naples and surrounding areas, the home is a dazzling array of wildlife and nature. Coming from the northeast, I am constantly amazed at the size and grace of the birds and fish we see every day. Getting a great dove or snack to eat in your backyard is something you can only read about in much of the country. I've seen it so many times, I could write a book about the eating habits of big birds in southwest Florida. Or at least write an article about Ezine.
The scenery and wildlife amazed me so much about moving to this part of Florida, as well as the activities derived from these two attractions. After dealing with it for a year, I realized that these two things made a place unlike any other in the United States, especially if you are a random guy. If you enjoy the outdoors, forget about anything else. It's time to come to Naples, FL. And here's why.
Fishing – Naples and the surrounding area represent some of the largest and best fish anywhere. From snook to tarpon, to bass and shark, catfish and even some great species of sharks. You can sit on the dock in the canal next to the house and pick bass (it's never far there), or take a boat ride to Boca Grande and land 200 pounds inland. You can stand on a sunny evening on Sanibel Island and retreat with an 8-foot hammer while watching the sunset destroy the earth, or kayak through 10,000 islands in the land of gator – hell, you can even hunt gators (seasonally, of course!
Camping Want to go camping in Naples? Choose your time wisely. Each year, thousands travel to this area of Florida to camp as God intended. And every year, inexperienced campers promise never to camp again. Camping in and around Naples, especially in the summer in Florida, is not like camping anywhere else. To understand why, you need to understand one fundamental concept: Human beings did not need to live in southwest Florida.
Naples before civilization was a hopeless place. Your mosquito-sized mosquitoes, unmanned bugs, whistles, wild boar, panthers, alligators and other fevers absolutely dominated the region less than 75 years ago. These are all wetlands, mud, bugs, and animals that would be glad to get you out if given the chance. Somewhere along the stripes, some visionary developers decided it could be a haven with a little buildup, cut and spray against bugs. Today, crop dusters annually shed thousands of pounds of insecticides, development pushed all those ornamental factories out of their homes into the Everglades (and select camps), and human invasion made creatures like the Florida Panther almost extinct. But all of those things still exist, especially if you choose the right (or wrong) camp and the right (or wrong) time of year.
Why should I tell you all this trying to convince you that Naples is a camper dream? Because! There is plenty of room for campers and favorable weather throughout the year. He also owns camps for the harshest "Survivorman" species. Locations range from throwing a tent on the beach to burying deep in the Everglades for a more authentic experience. I did both; I camped out of the car right by the water and had a fantastic outdoor experience, complete with a nice warm shower and bathroom. I also made an 8-mile kayak to Cayo Costa in a gust of wind as opposed to the current, uphill in both directions and "ran" for a weekend of irreparable sunbathing, blood loss due to mosquitoes and drooling with drool. toxic, it literally makes your skin pierce. Add to that the late-night rain that pushed everyone unseen into our tent for cover and a snack, and I experienced "true Florida." Ask me which one I preferred. Tip: I don't have nicknames like Bear, Hunter or Survivorman.
The bottom line – for any type of camper, there is a perfect campsite not far away.
Who doesn't love golf? Your? Oh. Well, if you are, then you've found another paradise in the niche. Naples houses some of the most fancy, expensive, most beautiful golf courses in the country. There is something about deep white bunkers, high palms that move, about the enormous dangers of water running through the stream like the spread of disease, and lush green grass that you will forget about cutting your jerk on the roof of your apartment. It's his fault he built an apartment there!
With numerous WCI courses as part of the double iron, Greg Norman designed the courses, the famous Naples Beach Club and hundreds of other courses that map from the city of Everglades to Punta Gorda (literally – see Google Map area, there are golf courses EVERYTHING), golf championships never has. Worried about saving a life in a few rounds of golf? Wait for the summer, when golf, and everything else in southwest Florida, is a lot cheaper.
Ah yes, that (hopefully) floating vehicle that you put all your extra income into. And why would you pay that money anywhere but here? There are some of the largest waterways anywhere in Naples, and you will never run out of places to explore and open water for cruising. The often quiet Gulf of Mexico is perfect for taking a boat trip north and south, discovering some of the most unusual and private beaches anywhere in the United States. For trips east and west, the Naples area offers a seemingly endless supply of rivers, canals, estuaries, bays and entrances to explore with friends and / or family. Almost any of the activities mentioned above can be paired with boats, such as: sailing to a campsite; sailing to a fishing spot, sailing a golf course (maybe?) or sailing on the water. Whether you have an inflatable dinghy or a 75-foot luxury yacht, Naples offers premium boats for all types.
And how could I forget the best part? You can use your boat in Naples throughout the year , Water rarely gets colder than 65 degrees and the air is 78 and sunny every day from October to May. And what about June to September? You want to be even more on board to cool off in the glistening summer heat.
Don't want to have the responsibility of having your own boat? Rent one occasionally at very reasonable prices or join one of a dozen boat clubs in the area. There is always an easier way in Naples, as long as you are ready to pay for it.
White sand, turquoise water, warm sunshine, cold drinks and beautiful women. Or weekends in SW Florida. Naples is the jumping off point for all this stuff. Although the beaches of South Naples are often touristy and reflect the medieval times in the area, North Naples and above provide relief to the masses. Doc's Beach Bonita Beach House is one of dozens of beach bars and restaurants that provide comfort during the work week. Traveling north along Hickory Blvd provides more and more perfect Gulf beaches and waterways, leading to Ft. Myers Beach, a local gathering place for younger people in the midst of a sea of front bars and shopping. Continue north, exploring Sanibel and Captiva, world-renowned for shelling (which one does not like pristine shelling) and white sand beaches.
The beach is for everyone in or around Naples, as long as you know where to look.
Largest Point of Sale
Living in Naples will cost you a fraction of what it will cost you in Miami, New York, LA or one of the great coastal cities. Not to mention, none of your friends get waxed and botoxed before releasing what little of their payroll is left to them after they have paid their rent for jagerbombs at the bar. Naples is for ordinary people like you and me who decided to indulge in city life to the city people and enjoy the beach, the weather and the good mother nature. So what will it all cost you?
A 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,500-square-foot home is about $ 100,000. Yes, one hundred thousand, I have not forgotten any zeros – and offers can be found MUCH less. Homes like these within a few miles of the beach will go up, but only at about $ 200,000 to $ 300,000. Exit within a mile and it will rise again, but not all that much. How is that all possible? Why are homes so cheap? There are two reasons:
1.) Naples is recovering from the latest housing crisis, which has plagued SW Florida worse than almost anywhere else in the country.
2.) Naples is mostly an undiscovered gem with thousands of homes just waiting for the "New Naples" to fill them
So forget about conventional wisdom and what you thought you knew about Naples. Naples and the SW Florida Gate are everything a man or anyone wants. Beaches, boating, golfing, great outdoor activities and fishing are all world class in this small part of the world. Book your part of paradise now before the rest of the world catch up. You need help? I will be happy to assist you in financing and directing your journey into endless days of sunshine, fun and happiness.