Our travel spotlight shines on the sophisticated beach town of Naples, Florida. Susan and her husband, Eric, recently returned from a lovely trip there with the inside scoop on what to do and see. In addition to the upscale boutiques where you can find our jewelry, we are listing a some of the things you won’t want to miss in Naples like the fun restaurants, gorgeous beaches and breathtaking sunsets.
Where to Stay
The Ritz Carlton in Naples is a destination all its own. It is 20 acres on 3 miles of gorgeous beach and has every amenity you could ask for. A 36-hole golf course, world class spa, as well as 7 restaurants. You don’t ever even have to leave the property (It would be hard to even leave this lounge chair)!
The Inn on 5th is located right in the heart of downtown where many of the shops and restaurants we’ve listed are located. It boasts soundproof rooms so you don’t have to worry about the nightlife keeping you up. With only a 10 minute walk to the beach, you’ll be sure to find everything you need at your fingertips!
Where to Eat
Bleu Provence, Naples’s premier French restaurant, can be found tucked away on a side street of what’s known as Old Naples. Owner and master chef, Lysielle Cariot, grew up in Provence and loves creating authentic French dishes and pairing them with French regional wines. This is a fine dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Campiello is housed in Historic Naples Mercantile Building. They offer inventive Italian cuisine inspired by traditional Tuscan country cooking. Don’t miss the open-air bar and live jazz! Also check out Continental and Lurcat, the D’Amico restaurant group’s two other great restaurants in Naples.
For an upscale seafood restaurant with a twist, try Sea Salt. Chef Aielli’s philosophy is to blend simplicity with the very best fresh ingredients in a menu that changes daily. He uses 130 different types and flavors of salts from around the world to season his innovative dishes and put his unique touch on Florida’s finest ingredients.
What to do
Go to the beach! Naples is known for their calm seas, which makes the beach all the more relaxing and the pristine sand is a thing of beauty. If your hotel doesn’t have a private beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the world. If you’re traveling with kids, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great place to find a beach playground, volleyball court, and tables for family picnics.
The city’s main landmark is the 1,000 foot long pier stretching from the end of 12th Avenue. A great place for strolling, fishing, taking in the view and possibly spotting some dolphins. Make some time to visit it during your trip, and even better if you can watch the sun set over the water. It really is magical.
Want to take in some culture? There are some great museums, including the Baker Museum for fine art and for the kids, the Golisano Children’s Museum is a must see. There are also many wildlife reserves and conservancies to visit if you’d like to see the spectacular local Florida wildlife. Some of the highlights are the Bird Gardens of Naples, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Walking and shopping on 5th avenue (pictured above) is a great way to spend an afternoon in Naples and we have a couple of great boutiques there who sell our jewelry among other high end goods. We also listed a couple of options in different areas so you are sure to find Susan Shaw jewelry wherever you may be. Naples is a perfect place to wear these fabulous branch coral pieces!
Tracy Negoshian • 694 5th Avenue South
This is the flagship store of this national brand of fine women’s clothing and a collaboration with Castaway clothing. From Tracy’s bold printed dresses, tops, shorts, and skirts to Castaway’s signature motif shorts and pants as well as polo’s and children’s apparel, this boutique is a great place to shop for the entire family.
Cape Madras • 779 5th Avenue South
You’ll love this collection of preppy clothing featuring authentic seersucker and madras. Don’t outfits make the best souvenirs?
Ooh La La • 900 Neapolitan Way
This collection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories curated by two chic women is a great place to find the perfect addition to any outfit.
A Mano • 301 13th Avenue South
A luxurious collection of William Yeoward crystal, Italian pottery, home accessories, fine gifts and jewelry for the discerning customer. This is a second location of the store also found in Georgetown, DC and known as a destination for wedding gifts and everything you need for upscale entertaining.
The best part of shopping in the town you’re visiting is being able to find looks the locals enjoy. Below is just some of our beach chic jewelry that can be seen around Naples.
Even if you aren’t heading to Naples, these looks are great for all kinds of fun in the sun!
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