Go for the Beach Experience at These Top Naples Resorts

In Naples, it is all about the beach, so why not station your vacation where you have the convenience of walking to the sands - or at least taking advantage of shuttles at a couple of them? Because a lot of condominiums and palatial homes claim the shoreline along Naples proper, the beach resorts are not as plentiful as you might imagine. The good news is that resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, and the Naples Grande Beach Resort are large and can accommodate a lot of people. You can find smaller, boutique, casual resorts too, if big is not your style.

In Bonita Springs and Marco Island, most of the beach resorts are part of an upscale chain. The main exception is the exclusive Marco Beach Ocean Club. Marco Island's beach is arguably the widest and most beautiful, and its beach resorts are located convenient to restaurants and shopping within walking distance. The beach resorts of Naples are less convenient, occupying a strip of resorts, homes and condominiums. They require a car ride to get to the main shopping and dining scenes.

This list finds your best options for spending your days in Naples as they were meant to be - on the white sand beach and in the gem-toned water. It orders them according to the quality of the beach at each resort and the ease of reaching it from the resort. For what makes a better beach vacation than walking barefoot directly from your room to the sea?

One of Marco Island's hotel trinity - along with the Marriott and Marco Beach Ocean Resort - on its wide, crescent beach, the Hilton is the smallest and, relatively speaking, most modest. The pool deck and, just steps away, the beach are the...  Read More

Naples Grande Beach Resort
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Formerly Waldorf-Astoria Naples, its distinctive red-capped tower and 15 Har-Tru tennis courts dominate north Naples's mangrove-fringed estuaries. Luxurious but with beach casualness, the resort's style impresses from the moment you walk through...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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The Ritz-Carlton changed the face of the Naples resort scene when it came to town in 1985. Now there are actually two Ritz-Carltons in Naples, the only town that can make that claim. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort shares amenities with the...  Read More

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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Rising along bay waters in the north Bonita Springs area, it offers full-service golf, spa and recreational amenities in a beautifully appointed and landscaped package. Guests take a quick ferry ride to reach the beach on a private island....  Read More

If you want the same wide beach as the nearby Marriott resort, but prefer more intimacy and exclusivity, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is the place to book. It is more elegant, although it feels a bit cramped with its 12 stories shoe horned in...  Read More

Marriott Beach Resort Marco Island
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The biggest resort on Marco Island also happens to be its best in many ways. It spans a long spread of wide, sugar-sand beach. It has the best swimming pool features, the most full-service spa, some of the island's best shops, a full range of...  Read More

Edgewater Beach Hotel
Photo courtesy of Edgewater Beach Hotel

Recently converted from a Waldorf Astoria property, Edgewater has undergone a face-lift that began in its seven-floor tower and continued into the older four-story wings that reach out to gorgeous white beach. Naples' only all-suites resort,...  Read More

This longtime, family-operated fixture on the barefoot, casual Vanderbilt Beach scene comes in two parts: There is a two-story, Old Florida beach motel with a small swimming pool in the shadow of next door's towering high rise and, across the...  Read More

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

This resort, which dates back to the 1940s, is located on 100-plus acres of serenity on the Gulf of Mexico. Its golf course - Southwest Florida's first resort course - spreads into town from the resort's east side. A full-service spa and one...  Read More

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples
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LaPlaya's gracious Southern-style lobby, Thai spa, exercise room, rocky waterfall pool, pool bar and trendy restaurant menu put it on par with Miami Beach's boutique hotels. Rooms show a meticulous attention to detail; some have Jacuzzis...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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