Four things to do when visiting Naples, Florida

Four things to do when visiting Naples, Florida
Four things to do when visiting Naples, Florida

Four things to do when visiting Naples, Florida

When visiting a destination such as Naples, Florida, it’s easy to let the beautiful blue water of the Gulf Coast become the main attraction. No trip to Naples would truly be complete without a boating excursion. Even if you don’t own a boat, taking in the sights that this upscale Gulf-side city has to offer (from the vantage point of the big blue ocean) is now within reach, here’s why:

Boat sharing similar to AirBnB for residences or Uber for cars has revolutionized the boating industry, making going boating accessible to anyone – even those with no experience and those who are traveling faraway from where their boat is docked. Boatsetter, the leading boat sharing company, has thousands of privately-owned boats that can chartered with or without a captain in Naples, Florida or great destinations all around the globe.

Read on, for a few ideas to add to your Naples travel itinerary.

Aquatic Experiences – From sailing, sightseeing and sunset cruises to fishing charters and extreme water sports, visitors to Naples can explore and experience the Intracoastal Waterway, the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Bay and the Gordon River in any number of ways, here’s one popular option:
  • Naples Princess – Take in the sights of marine wildlife, million dollar homes and spectacular sunsets of Port Royal, Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico aboard the Naples Princess. This luxury yacht sets sail from the Port of Naples Marina and offers dinner, lunch and hors d’oeuvres cruises. Relax in the air-conditioned interior or sunbathe out on deck. The Naples Princess is a unique choice for weddings, special events, corporate functions or just because you feel like it.
Dockside Dining – Whether you kick back with a frozen drink, dig into a plate of steamed shrimp or enjoy sandwiches and salads at noon, one of the best ways to explore the tastes of Naples is by boat. Of course, if you’re traveling by car, we’re pretty sure they have land-based parking as well.
  • The Dock at Crayton Cove  – Around since the mid-70s and  still just as popular as ever, this open-air and completely casual eatery overlooks Naples Bay. It features a menu of beef, poultry and seafood infused with Caribbean, Cuban and Latin flavors. Ceiling fans, hanging plants, wood plank floors and a marina location give it an island look. Take a leisurely cruise for Sunday brunch and a make-your-own bloody Mary bar. They also have the typical, and always anticipated, boat drink menu of frozen drinks, specialty rums and other tropical concoctions.
  • The Riverwalk Restaurant at Tin City – Located along the Gordon River, the shopping area of Tin City was built in the 1940s as a dock and clam factory. Today, you can watch the boat traffic as you dine on fresh seafood, or enjoy a frozen drink at the bar. The Riverwalk Restaurant serves typical Floridian cuisine with a touch of the spice and flavor of New Orleans. The menu includes fresh fish, sandwiches, seafood pasta dishes and New York strip steak along with a variety of other selections. Hot dogs, grilled cheese and chicken strips will please the youngsters on board.

If you’re headed to the Naples area or are a Florida local planning your weekend, these are just a few options to consider. Of course, there’s plenty of room on any of Naples quiet beaches to relax and watch the sunset,  no reservation needed. And, even if you don’t own a boat, you can go boating…it’s as simple as booking a charter. No experience running a boat? Just include a licensed captain and arrive dockside – it’s that easy!

 

Sunset, Naples FL Photo By Catherine

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