Enjoying The Historic Naples Florida Pier

Florida remains one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States. It simply has everything that those who want to relax and recharge would require. there are 273 days of sun, wonderful food, great golf courses, pulsating nightlife and incredible architecture in Miami, and some of the most unique wildlife in the world. Add to these attractions world-famous beaches and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and you have a recipe for a vacation that is simply unforgettable.

For those who want to simply enjoy some time with family and friends and perhaps avoid the sometimes crowded and frenetic activity of major urban centers such as Miami, the perfect alternative is Naples in Southwest Florida.

This is a town where one can enjoy exceptional dining, some of Florida's best shopping experiences, and incredible wildlife experiences at a huge number of parks and preserves. It is only minutes away from the Florida Everglades – and of course, it boasts miles of fabulous beaches.

Those who visit Naples should not miss the attractions of the Naples Florida Pier. This historic pier was completed in the early 1900s when the only way to get goods in and out of the town was by sea. It originally featured a narrow gauge railway that made it easier to move luggage to and from the hotel – and to load and unload freight.

Today the 1,000-foot Pier is the focus for visitors to Naples who want to enjoy some quality fishing – or simply look out over the Gulf of Mexico in the hope of catching a glimpse of the dolphins that can often be seen just offshore, or simply enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf. Making the experience that much more wonderful is the concession stand that can be found halfway along its length. Here snacks, bait, and various beach-related items can be purchased.

Fishing from the Pier is immensely popular. Light gear (and a dose of luck) are all that are required to land species such as snook, mackerel, pompano, and sea trout – the ideal addition to any barbecue.

Those not lucky enough to land the big one can take a short stroll from the Pier and enjoy some of Naple's best seafood at such restaurants as Truluck's, where the stars of the show are the Crab Louie Cocktail and the daily selection of Oysters. or for a venue that is perhaps more family-friendly, Tommy Bahama where the seafood also shines – and a pitcher of Red Sangria is a great addition to any afternoon.

The easy access to these restaurants (and their associated bars) is especially welcome for those who have spent the day in the sun at the 10-mile-long municipal beach nearby the Pier. Refreshment would be extremely welcome for those who have spent time on either side of the Volleyball nets on the beach.

Naples Pier is a great attraction, in a great town. If you are visiting Florida, make sure not to miss out.

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