Friday, February 3, 2012

Naples: Crown Jewel of Southwest Florida

Exquisite sunsets, incredible shopping, a record number of championship golf courses, white sand beaches and home to some of the most luxurious waterfront estates in the world. That's Naples.
Campground entry.
Home for this week is Lake San Marco RV Resort, north of downtown along US 41. A pleasant, age 55+ community of regular winter residents with a small portion of RV travelers mixed among them. We were able to book just one week in this reasonably priced, well managed campground. Demand is great here in season without regard to the economic strain being felt around most parts of the country.  We're not exactly rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, but we're in 'Sweet Napoli' and that's all that matters.
Our site is on Harbor Cove Street.  It's a dead-end, paved street that makes for good dog walking.
The campground is pleasant, convenient and tidy.
The weather is near perfect, high 70's daily, 60's at night.
We took several day rides around town. We both had forgotten just how lovely Naples is in winter.
This is a typical home in one of the most desirable sections of town.

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is a landmark.
It's been here since 1946 with buildings and golf course strewn across a huge area of Naples.

This is where we lived the first year we lived in Naples (1989-90).
The small balcony to the right (upper left corner) was off our master bedroom. It faces the Gulf of Mexico beach.
The front of our condominium looked over the intracoastal waterway.

This is a shot of the pool, along the intracoastal waterway, where we lived.
Beyond the pool and chickee hut is a boat dock from where we used to catch fish. 

Along Bayshore Boulevard, these buildings are on the Gulf beaches.

Our old home again.  It's on Bayshore with the beach in front, intracoastal behind.  It's a 55+ condominium.

More residences along Bayshore.

In case anybody wonders why Naples is such a popular destination....

More condominiums with dockage along the intracoastal.

Homes along the intracoastal waterway.

Drooling yet?

A day isn't really complete without a few shots of the babies.
They were completely unimpressed with Naples and just wanted a walk, followed by a treat.

We'll be moving on after just one week as the campground can't accommodate us any longer, though we'd like to stay on for another week.  Lake San Marino has just a few sites long enough for our rig and they've all been reserved for the remaining winter months.

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