Reconnect with Fun and Fitness in Naples

Tennis in Naples Florida
Tennis in Naples Florida

A vacation is the perfect time to rediscover the fun in life that you’ve been missing! Sure, vacation is a time to relax, but it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with activities you enjoy. Work on your tennis chops, reconnect with yoga, or experiment with something new — like Zumba or paddle boarding.

Here are a few ways to get moving:

Running and walking. Naples boasts dozens of great places to walk and run, from the beach (of course) to lovely neighborhood routes and nature hikes. Recommended routes include a 3.4-mile Vanderbilt Beach circuit, a 4-mile beach run along Clam Pass, and a downtown walking tour.

Yoga. You’ll have no trouble finding yoga studios where you can stretch and strengthen; almost all of them allow visitors with a bit of yoga experience to take basic classes on a drop-in basis. During the winter season, Bala Vinyasa Yoga studio even offers yoga on the beach on at Delnor-Wiggins State Park in North Naples. Namaste!

Tennis. If you’d like to take advantage of your vacation to get back into tennis, there’s no better place than the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, with clinics and lessons three mornings a week. There are more than three dozen tennis clubs open to the public in Naples.

Zumba. Has your interest in exercise classes flagged? Try spicing things up with a sizzling Zumba class. We like Casta Melendez’s classes at the East Naples Community Center. Casta, a former competitive Latin dancer, inspires with fun moves and a great playlist of contemporary Latin pop music.

SUP. Looking to master the latest sports trend? Check out stand-up paddleboarding (known as “SUP”). The calm waters of Naples beaches and estuaries are an ideal place for beginners to master the secrets of balance and steering. The Naples Kayak Company and Beach Bum Surf & Supply both offer paddleboard lessons and rentals. (And if you’d rather explore the coastline sitting down, check out kayaks and kayaking lessons.)