Naples, perched on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, is famous for its high-end shopping, world-class culture and sophisticated dining. Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are the focal points for Naples shopping in the historic downtown area, with numerous art galleries, chic clothing boutiques and home decor shops.
Maybe you've always wanted to live in Florida, or maybe you've just taken a job in the Gulf Coast region. Whatever brings you to Naples, you're in luck, because the quality of life is second to none in this coastal paradise. You'll enjoy warm, sunny weather, high-end shopping, and top-notch dining. From its quaint historic downtown to its unrivaled ocean views, Naples will charm you from the moment you arrive. Load up the moving van and get ready for an exciting new chapter in Naples, Florida.
10 Things you’ll love
1. Atmosphere – Naples FL has repeatedly been voted one of the “happiest places in the United States”. The people are friendly and easy going. Palm trees line the streets, sunsets are spectacular, the views of the gulf coast are incredible. Every day feels like you are on vacation. Naples is truly paradise.
2. Low Cost of Living – At first glance, it may seem like Naples would be an expensive place to live. While the price of homes may be higher than first anticipated, the property tax rate is only 1.2% of your properties value which is the 3rd lowest tax rate in the state. Additionally, we are one of the few states without a state income tax. The sales tax rate in our area is only 6%. The property tax rate in Bonita Springs is just about twice the rate in Naples, however, it’s still much lower than many communities throughout the country.
3. Weather – Naples weather has an average air temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. We enjoy tropical weather year-round with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Average highs ranging from the mid-’70s to mid-’90s and average lows from the mid-50’s to the mid-’70s, depending on season. July, August, and September are the hottest months. The best weather is from November through May when we enjoy less humidity.
4. Dining – Naples, Florida, has been named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of America’s Best Food Cities for the past two years. Foodies can take advantage of the many distinctive dining options throughout the Paradise Coast including fresh-off-the-dock seafood at waterfront cafes, sophisticated cuisine at five-star restaurants and numerous locally-owned, independent restaurants.
Boating Lovers! With a range of salt, brackish and freshwater not easily discovered elsewhere, Southwest Florida touts a boatload of options for boating lovers. Offshore cruising and fishing, beachfront landings, back-bay, and river cruising, sightseeing charters and just about any other marine fun you can think of is in the boater’s backyard. And, with a subtropical climate that affords year-round opportunities and a wide range of scenery, Southwest Florida truly is a boater’s paradise unlike any other.
Golfers Paradise! There are 70 Naples Golf Communities with a total of 97 golf courses and if you look at the entire southwest Florida area we’re approaching 150 golf courses! With so many courses in one area, I’m sure it won’t surprise you that Naples is known as the “Golf Capital of the World”. Whether you are an experienced golfer or just took up the game, there is a golf course for you in our area. In fact, there are likely to be multiple communities in Naples, Bonita Springs or Estero that will fit your lifestyle and skill level.
6. Healthcare – Naples is ranked the 2nd healthiest city in Florida according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2015 Health Rankings. We are fortunate to have access to excellent healthcare. There are four hospitals located throughout Collier County including two locations for NCH and two for Physicians Regional. Lee County has two hospitals, Lee Memorial and Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
7. Arts, Culture and Music – Whether your passion is paintings or sculptures, symphonies or rock bands, Broadway or one-man shows, Naples offers a plethora of opportunities to appeal to the widest variety of artistic tastes. There are over 75 galleries and artist studios in the area, over 500 artists and entertainers call Collier County home and more than 1,000 arts and cultural events are scheduled annually in the county, and many of them are free. From world-class performing and visual arts at Artis—Naples (formerly known as The Philharmonic Center for the Arts) to Fine Art Festivals in Downtown Naples there is something for everyone.
8. Shopping – Naples, FL offers a vast array of shopping options. Historic districts in Downtown Naples such as Fifth Avenue South and Third Street have boutiques, antiques, jewelry shops, and outdoor cafes all within walking distance of the beach. Waterside Shops is a beautiful, upscale shopping destination with luxury retail stores such as Nordstrom, Saks, Hermes, Gucci, and Tiffany & Company. Looking for a bargain? Head to Miromar Outlets in Estero.
9. Safety & Low Crime – How safe is Naples, FL? Collier County (Naples) has the lowest crime rate for a metropolitan area in the state of Florida and 15th lowest in the state with only 1,771 crimes per 100,000 people. Lee County (Bonita Springs, Estero & Ft. Myers) is ranked 34th in the state for the lowest crime rates.
10. Beaches – With more than 30 miles of soft, white sandy beaches there’s plenty of room for everyone to find the perfect spot. Naples beaches are some of the best in the world and have been repeatedly ranked in Dr. Beach’s Top Ten USA Beaches. Most recently Barefoot Beach Preserve was ranked #2, and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park was ranked #9 for 2015. Unlike many communities, the beaches and beach access are all public and easy to get to.