Visit Naples to Avoid Spring Break Crowds
Florida Vacation Guide to Avoiding Spring Break Crowds in Naples
With high-end boutiques, upscale golf courses, gourmet dining, art galleries and exclusive downtown shopping districts with a concierge, Naples spells luxury and not beach bash. The cost alone will keep college students looking for cheap beer and beach parties away from here!
The only place that might suit a student’s budget is in the six-block consignment shop district: Naples Treasure Trail! Still, designer clothing, even at a fraction of the original price, still empties a student’s wallet! From one-of-a-kind shops and high-end fashion boutiques to interior design stores and eclectic galleries, upscale shopping can fill your days in Naples. There’s even a street concierge on Third Street South to help with fine dining and shopping options.
Students are busy viewing volleyball nets, their next bottle of beer and bikinis on the beach, not fine art! From Fine Art Photography at the Cunningham Gallery to Floridian landscapes and seascapes in Emily James’ studio, Fifth Ave. and 3rd St. have you covered for art galleries. Marco Island Center for the Arts, Von Liebig Art Centre and Naples Museum of Art, also have exhibits and permanent collections that are worth a stop.
The award-winning Baleen restaurant in the upscale La Playa resort is far beyond a student’s budget. Try Broiled Florida Lobster risotto or free range Berkshire pork shank. Their wine list won the coveted Wine Spectator Award in 2011 and they even have a cigar menu.
Commune with Nature
If you’re a birder, you’ll have to travel to this birding mecca. Managed by the National Audubon Society, there are more than 200 resident and migratory birds. Florida’s corkscrew swamp sanctuary is where you’ll see the largest stand of virgin bald cypress. Wander among the old-growth cypress forest on the 2.25 mile boardwalk and stand in awe of these trees, some more than 600 years old and reaching heights up to 130 feet tall. The trail leads through many unique and diverse habitats, including a wet prairie, lettuce lakes and before heading into the virgin forest.
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