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A Slower Pace Of Life In Naples

By Wesley Mathews

Along the southern Gulf Coast of Florida, visitors will find Naples, a small city which is a bastion of class, sophistication, and recreation. The town’s personality has two distinct faces, and yet they work in amazing harmony. On one hand, Naples is a city rich with galleries, high-end boutiques, and restaurants that can rival the best in the country. On the other hand, Naples is a relaxed and friendly fishing town, enamored of outdoor sports and a laid-back lifestyle.

The city was founded in 1880 by a group of real estate investors who obtained 8,700 acres on the beach and started selling lots. A 16 room hotel and a pier were constructed by the designers and soon played host to the rich and famous from across the United States, including the sister of then-President Grover Cleveland. These days, several historical buildings are appealing bed and breakfasts.

The fishing in Naples is some of the best on the Gulf Coast. The temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide opportunities for sport fishermen year-round. Offshore fishing in the open waters or a slow day on the marshy backwaters are equally rewarding. Guides and charter vessels are available and plentiful in Naples, but visitors can feel free to explore the coastline on their own. Tackle shops, boat rental companies, and marinas are available for vessel and equipment rental, or just advice on the best local fishing spots.

Boat charters are available in full or half day varieties, and many vessels including the Lady Brett and the Captain Paul go on half-day excursions and provide rod, reel, bait, and a fishing license for visitors who are more budget-conscious.

Those who favor fishing without a boat can find a tranquil corner along the rivers or canals that stream through the city, and pier fishing is not to be missed. The pier has tables for cleaning, and bait is on hand from any of the area marinas or sport fishing shops.

No matter what your preferred fishing technique, fly, spin, plug or bait, Naples, Florida provides an extraordinary opportunity to fish in pristine natural environs.

If not everyone in your group is as excited about fishing as you, it may be noted that the seashores at Naples are a few of the best on the Gulf Coast. Part of this has to do with geography. Throughout a large amount of Florida, the best sand is found on the outer surface of the barrier islands, but at Naples, there are no barrier islands between the town and the open sea. This means that amazing white sand is only a stroll away from your beach rental and the lively shopping, excellent restaurants, or any of the additional interests that Naples has to offer.

Wesley Mathews is part of the travel team at and These directories provide detailed information on Florida vacation rental deals and things to do.

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