Looking for fun things to do in Naples, Florida? When you stay at Edgewater Beach Hotel, you’re more than covered. We detail how to shape two days in the area – one exclusively on property at Edgewater Beach Hotel, and the other, a day in town.
Day On at Edgewater Beach Hotel
Wake Up with the Ocean
You won’t have to travel far to get to the ocean – the patio dividing the two sides of the resort spills out onto the professionally managed white-sand beach. Come prepared with your own gear or, perhaps more easily, rent – there are beach chairs, luxury beach beds, cabanas, umbrellas, kayaks, and paddleboards available to help you craft the perfect day on the beach, whether that means cozying up in the shade with a book, or paddling around in the Gulf waters.
Hit the Gym
After a morning at the beach, you’ll likely welcome some time out of the sun. A visit to the resort’s gym will help you maintain your regular fitness routine, and there’s something for just about any regular workout – a two-lane lap pool, treadmills, ellipticals, upright bikes, and free weights. If you’d prefer a little guidance, the concierge can arrange a private yoga or personal training session.
An Afternoon at the Pool
The pools at the resort are at the center of their offerings – literally. The two pools (one is larger, and the other is a two-lane lap pool, both are heated) are framed by the resort’s buildings and have clear views of the Gulf of Mexico, while the deck is lined with chaise lounge chairs. When you get hungry, turn to the pool bar for your beverage and dining needs – their menu features tropical cocktails and tasty entrées you don’t normally find poolside.
Dinner & Drinks at Coast
As the day winds down, head to Coast for dinner. Coast’s decor has a modern and comfortable vibe, and the unique spin on their cuisine is that it’s inspired by – but not limited to – coastal-native dishes from around the world. Think herbed-marinated black grouper, togarashi-dusted scallops, or pan-seared local snapper. Cap the night with a “drinkable dessert,” like the signature keoke coffee (Kahlua, brandy, dark creme de cacao, coffee, and heavy cream) or a pineapple upside-down cake (Stoli Vanil vodka shaken with grenadine, pineapple juice, and garnished with a cherry.)
Day Off in Naples
Breakfast at EJ’s
Start your day in Naples with breakfast at EJ’s Bayfront Cafe, with comfortable seating inside and outside. Thanks to options that are savory, sweet, and healthy and include everything from benedicts and scrambles to pancakes and french toast, waffles, and granola to yogurt, you’re bound to find something that will appeal to everyone.
Sail on Sweet Liberty
Climb aboard Sweet Liberty for a three-hour cruise (departing at 9:30 a.m.) along the Gulf of Mexico. The 53-foot catamaran, built by Gold Coast Yachts and family owned and operated, sails to the private Keewaydin Island for an hour on the beach, where you’ll be able to collect seashells and sea glass before returning to the boat to head back to shore. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some cool marine life, including dolphins jumping alongside the craft on your way out to the island.
Visit the Revs Institute
Calling all car lovers and history buffs: The Revs Institute is an absolute must-visit. The Institute is a shrine to human ingenuity and examines the automobile’s place in society and the far-reaching changes it inspired – but you’re also able to get up close and personal with the 100-plus cars in the Collier Collection, which is divided into four parts: Automobility, Vitesse, Revs, and Porsche. There are no protective barriers, giving visitors the most intimate access to the cars, which range from 1896 to 1995 models, including the collection’s crown jewel, a 1939 Mercedes W154 Grand Prix. Be sure to make a reservation online before your visit.
Dinner at Mediterrano
Perhaps informed by the city’s Italian inspiration, Mediterrano serves the best Mediterranean cuisine in Naples. Dishes like the orange-glazed Moroccan salmon, cioppino, and Mediterranean sea bass bring the delicious flavors of coastal Spain, Greece, Italy, and Morocco to life. If the weather permits, you can dine outside in a romantic setting, including twinkle lights and hanging orchids.
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