AAA Three Diamond Hotel near Beaches and Downtown Naples
The Naples Pier, which extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, is a popular spot to go fishing for snapper, grouper, and pompano. But the sturdy wooden dock is a must-see at sunset, when the final rays of daylight transform the Gulf of Mexico into a canvas of orange, red, and purple waves, a spectacle the New York Times called an “applause-generating daily masterpiece.”
Just a 10-minute drive from the pier is the Ramada Inn of Naples, a AAA Three Diamond hotel. Its tagline is “Centered in Paradise,” referring to the property’s location close to the coast as well as downtown Naples—both are about a mile away.
Each morning, a free breakfast buffet in the dining room of the lobby includes scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and a make-your-own-waffles station. In the evening, check out Pompano’s Surf and Turf, an onsite restaurant serving fresh seafood and steaks.
Guest rooms are simply appointed and comfortable; you’ll find granite vanities and ergonomic desk chairs. All rooms were remodeled in 2014, and reflect a relaxing, up-to-date contemporary look with tropical flair. If you’re too tired to trek to the beach, you can swim in the hotel’s newly renovated outdoor heated pool—it’s set in a sunny courtyard.
Naples, Florida: Upscale Retreat on Pristine West Coast
Located along the southwest edge of Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a small city set among wandering waterways and scenic estuaries. Everything in Naples seems impeccably clean, from the bleached sand of its 10-mile-long pristine beaches to the bathwater-warm water that’s as clear as glass. One of the prettiest spots is Naples Pier. This dock extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving plenty of room for a crowd of anglers to cast their lines for pompano, a plump silver fish that makes for good eating.
Inland from the pier you can find Old Naples, where luxury cars are parked outside art galleries, upscale restaurants, and bars with outdoor patios. Walk along the brick sidewalks of Third Street South and you’ll find open plazas with antique bronze fountains as well as turn-of-the-century cottages and striking Mediterranean Revival homes.
More than 80 championship golf courses are located throughout Naples, and the city bills itself as the Golf Capital of the World. It’s a lofty claim, to be sure, but Naples has warm, tropical weather year-round and the second-most golf holes per capita in the country, according to World Golf.