As you start planning for your Naples vacation, here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the state of Florida and the city of Naples.
1. Best Beaches.
Naples was named America’s Best Beach by the Travel Channel. In fact, the beaches of Naples have been mentioned in several top travel magazines as some of the best destination beaches in the country. In 2006 “Dr. Beach” chose Barefoot Beach near Naples as one of the top 10 beaches in the USA.
2. Art Galleries Galore.
There are over 100 art galleries in Naples. The town has been cited as the #1 Small Art Town in America in John Villani’s book The 100 Best Art Towns in America.
3. Most Millionaires Per Capita.
As one of the wealthiest cities in the United States it’s believed that Naples has more millionaires per capita than any other city in Florida.
4. Golf Capital of The World.
Naples has the most golf holes per capita than any other city in the US. In fact, it’s known as the, “Golf Capitol of the World.” There are more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area.
5. A Resident Fossa.
The Naples Zoo is the only zoo in the southeastern United States to feature the rare Madagascar predator known as the Fossa. Your kids will know the Fossa as the lemur-eating villains in the DreamWorks movie, Madagascar.
6. Swamp buggies.
Like Swamp Buggy Races? Naples is the only place that has them.
7. Anglers Paradise.
Naples and the surrounding areas have been recognized worldwide as an angler’s paradise. It boasts over 37 miles of barrier island coastline extending from Naples south to Marco Island with some of the best fishing in the states.
8. Cultural Destination.
Artis-Naples is home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baker Museum of Art. Both of which have helped put Naples on the map as a cultural destination location.
9. Water Shuttles.
The Naples Bay Water Shuttle is a great way to traverse the popular shopping/dining districts of Tin City, Bayfront, Naples Bay Resort and Naples City Dock. It only costs 5 bucks to ride and you can get on and off at any point of the ride.
10. Charity Wine Festival.
Since 2004 Wine Spectator has ranked the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival as the most successful charity wine festival in the world.
One of the most relaxing pastimes in Naples is gathering seashells on the beach. The casual shell collector can enjoy the shelling year round on any of Naples’ sandy outer beaches. But we’ve pulled together a few tips here to make your shelling expeditions even more fun.
12. Amazing Climate.
Generally speaking, Florida has much warmer weather than the rest of the US, and most colder locations in the world. Here in Southwest Florida, where Naples is located, our temperatures normally lie between 78 degrees Fahrenheit to as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit in January.
13.Founded by a Kentucky Senator.
The city was founded by former Kentucky U.S. Senator and Confederate general, John Stuart Williams, along with businessman, Walter N. Haldemanduring in the late 1880s.
14. Spring Training.
Both the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins have spring training facilities near Naples, Florida.
15. Smallest Post Office in the United States.
Located along the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades, Ochopee Post Office is the smallest post office in the USA. It is a tiny shed on U.S. Route 41 near Ochopee, Florida.
16. Famous People Who Own Homes in Naples, Florida.
- Buzz Aldrin – Space astronaut
- Larry Bird – Former NBA basketball player
- Ben Bova – Sci-Fi author
- Bill Gates – Microsoft founder
- Alex Lifeson – Guitarist with Canadian rock band, Rush
- Rick Scott – Current Governor of Florida
- Tom Cruise – Movie actor
- Donald Trump – Current President of the United States
- Rocco Mediate – Pro golfer
- Robin Cook – Author
17. Alligators and Crocodiles OH My!
The Gulf Coast portion of the Everglades is the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles cohabitate and is also home to North America’s largest continuous mangrove forest.
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