Nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida. Each little corner of town has its own style, its own approach to living and a unique charm. Whether you're looking for a high-rise condo on the beach or a mansion in a private golf community, you'll find it in Naples.
Areas like Bayfront, in the heart of Old Naples, offer restaurants, exclusive boutiques and all the sophistication of a seaside European town. Neighborhoods like Lake Park, with its winding streets and small Cracker-style houses, have maintained their small-town charm in a rapidly growing city.
The City of Naples provides and maintains premier parks and athletic facilities, outstanding state of the art recreation, and beautifully landscaped public areas, which includes an award winning urban forest. The parks department also maintains the beautiful City beaches, local special events, and athletic and performing arts programs.
As the self-proclaimed "Golf Capital of the World", Naples has the second-most golf holes per capita than any other community in the country. With close to 90 private, semi-private and public golf courses in Collier County, the area offers an extensive variety of options to accommodate all skill levels and lifestyle preferences, from resort golf for the occasional players to ultra- exclusive private Club membership.
Despite being in one of the fastest growing areas in the country, Naples and surrounding Collier County still maintains many of its natural features and attractions. The Naples area is home to several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.
The dining scene in Naples is dynamic, diverse, and often showcases locally grown and harvested fresh vegetables and seafood. More than 30 shopping centers cater to those looking for anything from antiques to designer handbags.
The sophisticated, successful Naples' lifestyle is reflected in the city's many art galleries and select theaters. There are over 75 galleries and artist studios in the area, over 500 artists and entertainers call Collier County home, and over 1,000 arts and cultural events are scheduled annually in the county.
The City of Naples is a part of Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) and is served by three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The area is served by three colleges or universities, including Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College in the Florida State University system and Hodges University, a private university with multiple campuses and online degrees.