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First Time To Naples

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First Time To Naples

We are looking to spend a couple of nights in Naples in February. We want to take one of the excursions to the Everglades and are going to go from there. Is there a best area to stay in? Is staying downtown worth the extra money considering that our time will be limited to late afternoon and evening? Would one of the hotels north on Tamiami Trail, which are considerably cheaper, serve us just as well?

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1. Re: First Time To Naples

As long as you have a car staying in North Naples is fine. If you plan to go downtown it will take 15 minutes to get there.

Enjoy your trip!

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mama924, what type of an area is this that is north of the downtown area? Just a bland business area? Any good restaurants or shopping?

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loads of great shopping, theres the Coastland Mall, Coconut Point Mall, waterside shops, loads of great restaurants, we recently stayed at the Bellasera which is downtown it was really good, not far from the beach, valet service to the beach and shops if you dont want to drive, believe theres a great everglades trip think its johnsons,johnstons which gets good reviews on the TA, we love Naples this was out third time in September you will love it....laura

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Hi don,

North Naples is a lovely residential and commercial area and has great beaches. It's also close to Bonita so you can head up to shops and restaurants in that area.

There are many restaurants along Rt. 41 (Tamiami Trail), a few along the water and others off Vanderbilt Beach Road as well as many others just a short drove away. They range form upscale to sports bars to McDonalds type places.

You can shop at The Water Side Shops or head to Bonita to Conconut Point (both of which Laura has mentioned). Both shopping areas have some great restaurants.

For beaches you can go to Vanderbilt Beach or Wiggins Pass. Vanderbilt Beach has a parking garage and Wiggins has a parking lot. Wiggins is a smaller beach with picnic tables and grills in a park like setting. Vanderbilt is more active and you can rent paddle boats, hobie cats, go parasailing, etc. These two beaches are the best for visitors because you do not need a permit to park or quarters for meters. February is a very busy time of year for Florida and parking fills up very quickly so get to the beach as early as possible or after 2pm.

Is there a specific type food you like and do you have a budget? I could recommend some places for you if you'd like.

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Seafood is my favorite. We also enjoy most types of ethnic foods. As far as the cost goes, I like to find places that are good values, whether upscale or not. We have been in South Beach the past two winters, so we have become accustommed to not being shock by dinner prices.

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For very good seafood in North Naples check out Randys Fish Market.

http://www.randysfishmarketrestaurant.com/

For Middle Eastern there's Bha Bha Bistro.

http://www.bhabhapersianbistro.com/

For Thai try Sushi Thai.

www.naplesnews.com/places/sushi_thai_naples/

If you like Japanese there's DaRuMa's

http://www.darumarestaurant.com/

For waterfront dining ('cause you are in Florida) you can try The Turtle Club or Baleens.

www.windwardhospitality.com/naples/index.html

www.laplayaresort.com/laplaya_baleen.aspx

Of course there are plenty of sports bars and chain restaurants along Rt. 41 but I hate to recommend a chain to anyone when you can eat that at home!

If you go downtown to Third Street you can try Campiello's for Italian (upscale) or Tommy Bahama's for Carribbean.

campiello.damico.com/locations/fl_naples.asp

tommybahama.com/TBG/…TropicalCafes.jsp

or on Fifth Street there's Cafe Lurcat for American fare with a nice lounge for cocktails and music (same owners as Campiello's)

www.damico.com/frame.asp…

Here are some websites for other restaurants and shops along Naples.

http://www.naples.com/village/

http://www.fifthavenuesouth.com/

http://www.thirdstreetsouth.com/

http://www.watersideshops.com/

http://www.bayfrontnaples.com/

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