Serene Waterways Surrounded by Spacious Condo Units
Park Shore Resort has its own series of interior courtyard canals, and if you walk on wooden footbridges over the water you can find the resort’s eye-grabbing centerpiece. It’s a lagoon lined with palm trees, pink flowers, and lush vegetation, and it features a secluded gazebo. The whole 13-acre property is set up for little discoveries like this—you can walk trails that wind through sprawling botanical gardens and past waterfalls that cascade over rock walls. And while the resort has a private, quiet atmosphere, it’s also located close to upscale dining and shopping in Naples on Florida’s western coast.
On the prized center lagoon, a diverse group of animals seems to have brokered an unlikely living arrangement: ducks swim on the pond, a cat prowls the area, and a 4-foot-long iguana can often be seen darting beneath the waterfalls. The island also houses an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Off the lagoon, you can find racquetball and tennis courts.
Wrap up the day by watching one of Florida’s famous sunsets on the private balcony of your condo-style room. Inside, the room feels like its own tropical hideaway; it’s furnished with exotic flowers, wicker furniture, and a wall of windows that lets in abundant natural light.
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.
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