As a local in Naples Florida, you might forget about the great benefits of living here. Naples is one of the top destinations in the US and internationally for both visitors and future residents. We have scores of visitors, even all the way from Europe coming to enjoy our sun, sand, and entertainment. It will be hard narrowing this list down to just ten reasons, there are hundreds! But we will keep it short, and give you our favorite reasons why you should make Naples your home (or second home).
Who doesn’t dream of the food they will eat when moving to a new city? Naples is no exception. We are filled to the brim with amazing dining options. Taste a variety of cuisines at Mercato. Head downtown to Fifth Avenue South and stroll along until you find the perfect menu to fit your palate. Although Naples offers many popular luxury chains like Truluck’s, and Flemings, they are also home to unique-to-Naples gems. Restaurants like Baleen Naples, Mereday’s Fine Dining, Rumba Cuban Cafe, and Sea Salt. Your taste buds will want to make Naples home.
If you’ve happened to watch any news channels in Naples, you will likely notice a lack of crimes being reported in the area. Growing up in Naples, many of us are used to letting our kids roam around the neighborhood alone until dark. Naples’ crime rate is below the national average. The violent crime rate is also “59% lower than the Florida average” according to Area Vibes.The greatest crime you are likely to witness is a speeding ticket. You will feel safe having your family live in Naples and this sense of safety is worth the world.
When you come to Naples, you want to spend as much time outside as you can. Besides the beautiful beaches, Naples is home to world class golf courses. You are likely within a mile of a golf course no matter where you live in Naples. Many neighborhoods also offer tennis courts for your use. And don’t forget to take advantage of our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. There are many marinas to house your boat if you don’t live on the water. Take your boat out and enjoy some great fishing out in the Gulf or backwaters. Even if you don’t have a boat, fishing from the Naples Pier or the shore is a perfect alternative.
Great Weather Year Round
Have you felt the weather here!? This is a main reason many people want to make Naples home. For those of us that live here, we can forget how unbearable to weather gets in other areas of the US. We barely feel winter, with many of us bringing out a light jacket for a few weeks of the year. The average temperature in Naples is 75 degrees fahrenheit according to US Climate Data. Want to know the average low for January? Just 53 degrees! While the rest of the US experiences snow and negative temperatures, you can be outside playing tennis or golf.
Whether you’ve lived in Naples one year or twenty, you still can’t get enough of the beach. Naples is well known for having some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the nation. The Gulf waters tend to stay about 60 degrees year round, during summer the temperature can get in the 80s. We recently reported that Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach in Naples made the Top 10 Beaches list from Dr. Beach. Whether you enjoy sitting and reading on the sand, playing volleyball, or heading out on a jet ski, you can do it all nearly year round in Naples.
World Class Sunsets
Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset? Naples has some pretty spectacular ones. Head out to the beach or Naples Pier and you’ll catch a glimpse of one nearly every night, given the weather. Watching the sunset is enjoyable whether it’s your first time or fiftieth. Once you move to Naples and start getting visitors, this is one of the first places you should take them.
Downtown Naples, or Old Naples, is the center of the city. This is where most people come for a true Naples experience. You will see people from all walks of life strolling along the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue. You can window shop, grab a cocktail, dine on superb food, or just people watch. Downtown Naples is a hub of activity, especially during season. There are tons of dining options, cafes, ice cream, gelato, clothing stores, art galleries. Many cultural events and parades also occur downtown. Move down here and make Old Naples your date night destination.
You won’t have a lack of opportunities to shop in Naples. You can head to Coastland Center mall for the indoor mall experience or stroll through Waterside Shops, an outdoor luxury shopping destination. Only fifteen minutes away is Coconut Point, full of shops offering clothing, housewares, electronics and more. Downtown Naples also offers an eclectic set of stores like art galleries, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more.
You can’t forget about the people of Naples or Neapolitans as is their official title. The people of Naples are not just one group, but a mixture of people from all across the world. You will run into Germans at the beach speaking their native tongue, to Italians playing bocce. Naples is a melting pot of those who love the weather, beach, and lifestyle that the city offers. One thing we all have in common: we love Naples and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!
When we say diversity, we’re not just talking about the different kinds of people that live in Naples. We’re also talking about the diversity in neighborhoods, architecture, activities, dining. Naples isn’t a homogenous city with just one style of housing or a dominant dining cuisine. We’re lucky to have architecture. Head down to Port Royal and see some of the most expensive homes in America, or head into the homes around downtown Naples and see a variety of styles. We also have a rich diversity of languages, ethnicities, and nationalities. In recent years, Naples has become a hit in European countries, especially Germany. Many new Naples residents speak German, others speak Spanish, Naples is a hub for every nationality out there.