4 Reasons Naples Stands Out
Naples in Collier County sounds like a sleepy little town to live or possibly visit for a quick weekend. However, it’s much more than that. It stands apart from other cities in a multitude of ways. Take Collier County for starters, did you know that it is the largest county in Florida? In fact, it is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.
Naples is a seaside community alongside the Southwest region of Florida– a waterfront haven filled with festivals and events and a plethora of art. Yes, Art. Were you aware that it was named by John Villani as the #1 Small Art Town in America? While Naples ranks high among the top places in the country to retire, go for vacation or buy a second home—it’s also a thriving little mecca that stands apart from the rest.
Here are a few distinctive qualities about Naples that when combined together set it apart from other cities.
AN EXCITING AND SERIOUS ART SCENE:
Naples has a sophisticated local and international art scene. They have countless galleries located in old Naples along Fifth Avenue South. “Gallery Row” is located on Broad Street near Third and a new cluster of galleries has recently sprung up in the Bayfront Center just across from Tin City. The Von Liebig Art Center in downtown Naples offers free galleries and classes to the public as does the Marco Island Center for the Arts in neighboring Marco Island. There are numerous art shows throughout the year in downtown Naples including the prestigious Naples National Art Show taking place next month. Every November is Celebrate the Arts Month in Collier County, with events throughout the Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades City area. For more information, check out our recent blog on Winter Arts Events and Festivals in Naples.
REMARKABLE PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS:
Speaking of festivals, the Naples Winter Wine Festival was named the most successful charity wine event in America by Wine Spectator. Since its inception in 2001, this three-day event has made a substantial and profound difference in the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. The festival costs about $5,000 per person— and has earned major acclaim because of the many famous vintners and chefs that return each year. Philanthropists and wine collectors imbibe to their heart’s delight while helping to improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of at-risk children. This says a lot about the people who live and give in Naples and the surrounding area of Collier County— they really care. The Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised a whopping $123 million to date for children in need.
BEST BEACHES AND SUNSETS IN THE WORLD:
Naples is a seaside paradise with over 1,000 miles of beautiful coastline. With its pristine sugar-white sand and crystal blue waters it has been lauded as one of the best beaches in the U.S. and throughout the world. If you are wondering what makes it so special the answer is simple: Naples’ laid-back ambience blends perfectly with its quiet luxury. The gentle waves and swaying palm trees make it not only one of the most relaxing beaches in the world, but because of the spectacular sunsets, it’s also one of the most romantic. It is common for people to gather around at the end of the day to watch the sun descend below the horizon. And Naples makes sure your views are unobstructed – it has stringent ordinances that restrict the size of signs and banners, as well as building heights.
IMPRESSIVELY LOW CRIME RATE:
The people that flock to this wonderful place come from all over the world- making Naples a true global melting pot. And it’s no wonder. Aside from its beauty and array of attractions, the Naples crime rate is far below the National average. Crime is so low in fact that people are known to leave their bicycles unlocked and their doors open. The statistics are impressive- for instance, there is 69% less crime in Naples than any other city in Florida which means that for every 1,000 residents, there are almost 5 police officers– which is 44% higher than the national average. This makes Naples, a lovely, friendly and worry-free environment for its residents and visitors year round and day and night.
Most people agree that Naples has a lot to offer- its many layers combine together to make it more unique than any other seaside community. What makes Naples stand apart from other cities is the distinctive way it blends all its beauty and charm with the exuberant cultural scene and the spiritedness of its people.