Old Naples is a charming area characterized by hundreds of coconut palms with each avenue ending at the beach. It is truly a unique neighborhood with its history and variety of small cottages, beach front estates, and everything in between.

It is loosely defined as the area that extends from South Golf Drive southward to Aqualane Shores, although the true “Old Naples” refers primarily to the section around the Naples Pier.

The vintage of homes in the area varies from turn-of-the-century to the present date, and architectural styles reflect this variety of time periods. There is also an excellent selection of condominiums; all within a few blocks of the Gulf (zoning regulations do not permit any condominiums to be located directly on the beach in the area south of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club).

One of the most interesting aspects of the area is that every east/west avenue ends at the beach, creating easy walking or biking access for all Old Naples residents. Thus, it is no surprise that one of the favorite activities of the neighborhood is to go to the beach at dusk to watch another glorious Naples sunset.

Fifth Avenue South is Naples’ “Main Street.” It’s brimming with businesses ranging from fashion boutique shops to gourmet restaurants, cozy cafes, ice cream shops, delicatessens, antique stores, traditional and contemporary art galleries, gift stores, jewelers, beauty salons, hotels, banks, a famous family food market, neighborhood pharmacy and professional offices.

Consequently, it’s become a popular place for visitors and residents alike to stroll along the beautifully landscaped promenades and enjoy sidewalk dining. Sophisticated boutiques are all about, yet historical landmarks and a small-town friendliness keep this part of Naples very “real.”

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