Nov 13, 2013
|We left Key West and made it safely across that seven mile bridge once again :) It was an easy drive back to Homestead for an overnight stop before heading on to Naples. I had plenty of fuel, so we didn't even unhook.
The drive across the Everglades was interesting. We saw more than one turtle trying to cross the highway. However, I probably should have gotten diesel while in Homestead as my low fuel signal came on 6 miles before our Naples exit, but we made it.
We're staying at Club Naples RV Resort - a very nice campground. Even nicer is that fact that we could use our Passport America membership for a 50% discount so we're staying in Naples for $25/night.
We arrived early, so to get a feel of the area we drove down to the heart of town stopping at Starbucks on 5th Avenue. Parking was a breeze here and free. After our coffee, we visited the shops along 5th Avenue.
It doesn't take long to figure out that there's a lot of money in this town. In fact I came across a statistic on Kiplinger's stating that Naples has the 3rd highest concentration of millionaires in the country. But that's what makes Naples so beautiful.
Most all of the shops have beautiful condominiums above them, but save up as they start at a million dollars.
The next day we visited the waterfront shops at Tin City. In the 1920s Tin City’s tin roofed buildings were the hub of Naples. We enjoyed a lunch on the wharf and had fun watching all sizes of boats go by the canal.
Our third day was beach day and I think this was the best beach so far with lots of natural white sand and a pier with dolphins swimming. Look behind and you see gorgeous homes lining Shore Drive. The water was picture perfect.
Our last day we ventured to the shops at Waterplace. It's a very upscale outside mall with high end shopping. No purchases, but we were amused that they provided valet parking, even though there's plenty of parking in the adjacent lots.
From there we went on for a quick peak at Vanderbilt beach before heading to one of Naples newest shopping venues - The Shops at Mercato. It reminded us of Bown's Crossing in Boise only on a much larger scale, with luxury condominiums above.
Once again there were several restaurants and even a theater demonstrating that there's no shortage of things to do in Naples.
That evening we headed back to 5th Avenue once again. We wanted to have a nice dinner on one of the many sidewalk restaurants and settled on L'Angelos Italian. It made for a very relaxing evening.
Once again, we hate to leave. We really fell in love with this town.