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Naples Florida is my favorite place to vacation – and now with domestic travel heating up amid the recent health crisis, Southwest Florida is definitely becoming everyone’s favorite vacation spot! But where to stay in Naples, Florida? Keep reading for all the best resorts in Naples Florida.
Best Resorts in Naples, Florida
Naples Florida is my favorite family friendly beach destination. Naples has great beaches that rival anything you will find in the Caribbean! The Gulf of Mexico is so calm and clear, with soft sand, and great shelling. There is also so much to do with kids in Naples, and Naples has such unique activities if you want to relax and unwind.
I’ll be the first to admit, we go for the beach and water activities, but stay for the amazing restaurants in Naples! With so much outdoor and waterfront dining in Naples, you will definitely agree this is a foodie paradise!
But before you get to the beach, and go out to eat, you need to find somewhere to stay. In Naples, there are some great options if you want to stay downtown, on the beach and with whatever your budget is! In general, Naples is not the cheapest of destinations (although you can certainly visit Naples Florida on a budget).
Planning a trip to Naples Florida
If you are heading to Naples Florida, you will either fly to Southwest Florida airport (RSW) which is up in the Ft. Myers area, or you can drive down from north Florida or neighboring southern states.
If you fly to Southwest Florida airport, you most likely will want to rent a car. If you are truly just going to stay on resort, you can Uber around, but the cost of a small rental car is probably comparable to round trip Ubers. And a car rental will give you flexibility and freedom to explore the area!
It is worth mentioning, that many hotels in this area charge for parking – definitely for valet, but some might charge for self-parking as well. Florida resorts are also NOTORIOUS for “resort fees” an added daily charge you will pay directly to your hotel when you arrive. These fees can be upwards of $40 per day, so can add up for a longer trip.
Choosing a resort can be tough. Some are big, some are small, some are on the beach, some just near it. Some resorts have better food, more drink options, and more entertainment than others. Of course, there is your budget to consider as well!
For those reasons, it’s always best to consult with a travel professional to help find the perfect resort for you next vacation. And the best part? My services are free!
That’s right, you get full on, personalized, concierge vacation planning service, and it does not cost you a cent more! In fact, a package vacation with one of my preferred suppliers can often save you money on your trip!
Where Should I Stay in Naples Florida?
This is a great question and definitely depends on what you want to do and of course, your budget.
What constitutes “Naples” is a large geographic area with Bonita Springs/North Naples in the north, heading down to South Naples and Marco Island. Most visitors opt to stay on the beach (more $$$) or in one of the large chain hotels along Route 41.
Just to note – Route 41 (or Tamiami Trail) is the main North/South drag where you will find many restaurants, shops, grocery stores and hotels. From a Route 41 hotel, you will have about a 5-10 minute drive to the beach.
If you stay along Interstate 75, you are further east, but further from the beach. From the Interstate you are a 15-20 minute ride to the beach. BUT being along the highway gives you access to go North (up to Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, etc), South to Everglades City, or to head East to Miami, Ft Lauderdale or the Florida Keys.
In all honesty, the best resorts in Naples are along the beach! If you can work a beachfront stay into your budget, you won’t be disappointed!
Best Naples Resorts on the Beach/ Best Luxury Resorts in Naples
Edgewater Beach Resort
I visited the Edgewater Beach Resort a few years ago, and it’s always a southwest Florida family favorite. Located right on a beautiful stretch of beach, this all-suites hotel has everything a family needs to have a fabulous vacation.
The Edgewater Beach Resort has two pools, restaurants, a pool bar and a gorgeous beach make this the perfect choice for a luxury family getaway.
LOCATION: Just North of Naples proper
GOOD FOR: Families (because it’s all suites), Beach lovers, Luxury Travelers
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
If you want a luxury resort located on the best beach in Naples, the Ritz-Carlton Naples is your spot! Not to be confused with the golf resort (located inland) this hotel is right on Vanderbilt Beach. Catch an amazing SW Florida sunset from the Gumbo Limbo Bar (This restaurant is open to the public).
LOCATION: Vanderbilt Beach (N. Naples)
GOOD FOR: Families, Beach lovers, Luxury Travelers, Marriott Bonvoy members can use and redeem points here!
LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort
The LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort is another great resort option located on Vanderbilt Beach. LaPlaya is also home to one of my favorite Naples waterfront restaurants, Baleen. At La Playa, you can stay on the Bay View side (across a small street from the main hotel) or on the Gulf Front side. Either way, this is a great choice property for beach lovers!
LOCATION: Vanderbilt Beach (N. Naples)
GOOD FOR: Honeymoons, Beach lovers, Luxury Travelers
2022 UPDATE: I recently toured the all-new renovated La Playa!
Best Naples Resorts for Families
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
I personally love staying at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Back in 2020, baby girl and I did a day pass to this resort (which is a fun option if you end up staying somewhere else) and then we all stayed over in June of 2020. We cannot wait to go back!
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point resort has a shuttle to a private beach, but the main attraction is the full-on waterpark on property! There is a lazy river, three waterslides and multiple pools. There is also an adults only area if you need a break from the kids! Access to the waterpark is included with your stay.
LOCATION: Bonita Springs
GOOD FOR: Families, Groups, Destination Weddings
Naples Grande Beach Resort
The Naples Grande Beach Resort is a great Naples resort option. Located adjacent to Clam Pass Park, there is a free golf cart shuttle down to the beautiful beach. You can also walk it, along a boardwalk, its less than a mile.
LOCATION: North Naples (Clam Pass Park)
GOOD FOR: Families, Groups, Destination Weddings
Best Naples Resort for Golfers
You can access some great SW FL golf courses no matter where you stay! But here are two great options if you want a resort focused on golf:
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club – 2022 UPDATE – this hotel is closed
I’ve visited the Naples Beach Hotel many times as its for years been my favorite sunset-watching bar location. I was there in the summer of 2020, and heard rumors this property was closing, but as of this writing in February 2021, it looks to still be up and running.
This resort is located right on the beach, but has a Jack Nicklaus 18-hole championship golf course a short walk from the main resort. There is also a driving range, putting green and daily clinics are offered.
LOCATION: North of downtown Naples
GOOD FOR: Golfers, Families, Groups, Destination Weddings
Ritz-Carlton Tiburon, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is the one hotel on this list I have not personally been to – I am more of a beach girl myself! But this popular resort is perfect if you are in Naples to golf. Their website says DISCOVER TRANQUIL MOMENTS AND THRILLING PLAY AT FLORIDA’S PREMIER GOLF RESORT.
2022 UPDATE: I toured this hotel and its amazing! With a new waterpark, a quick, complimentary shuttle to the Ritz on the Beach, this is a hotel to not be overlooked!
A stay at this resort gives you access to Tiburón Golf Club, home to two Greg Norman-designed courses. If you do want to head to the beach, a complimentary shuttle between the two Ritz-Carlton’s is provided.
2023 UPDATE – Baby girl and I got to spend a day at the Ritz Carlton Tiburon. We bought a day pass and spent an entire day in the pool, lazy river, and on the waterslides. The poolside food, drinks and service was incredible and I am sure a longer stay here would be awesome!
LOCATION: North Naples, Close to route 75
GOOD FOR: Golfers, Luxury Travelers, Marriott Bonvoy members can use and redeem points here!
Best Naples Resorts Downtown
The Inn on Fifth – Naples
The Inn on Fifth is located right in the heart of downtown Naples – perfect for those who like to be in the heart of the action. You can walk down to the beach, or to the many great restaurants and shops on Fifth Avenue. This property has a pool and spa as well.
LOCATION: Downtown Naples, 5th Avenue
GOOD FOR: Shoppers, Foodies, Adults
Best Naples Budget Friendly Hotels
Naples is for sure a luxury destination, but you can do Naples on a budget. If you are willing to stay a little off the beach, you can save a ton on accommodations!
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Naples Downtown
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I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites last summer and loved it! This is by far the best budget property. You are close to all the stuff – downtown, the beaches, Marco Island, etc. but the value is one you cannot beat. With a complimentary breakfast and a beautiful pool and hot tub, what more could you need?
LOCATION: Downtown Naples, close to 5th Avenue
GOOD FOR: Business Travelers, Families on a Budget
Best Resorts on Marco Island
Is Naples or Marco Island better for your next trip? Definitely depends on what you want to do and your budget. There are really no “cheap” accommodations on Marco Island. But if you stay on Marco, you can easily drive into Naples to experience the restaurants and fun things to do. If you stay in Naples proper, you can take a day trip down to Marco Island, park for the beach, or do something fun like a day trip to Keewaydin Island!
Marco Island is an actual island – you take a bridge to get there. From Southwest Florida airport, Marco Island is an hour ride south, so maybe not the best if you are short on time. Of course, be sure to reach out for my Free Travel Planning Services. As a full service agent, (and self proclaimed SW FL expert) I can help you choose the best place to stay in the Naples area.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
Marco Island is such a gem of a destination for those looking for a Caribbean type getaway, but without the need for passports etc. The beaches on Marco Island are incredible. If you want to stay right on the beach on Marco, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is your place!
LOCATION: Marco Island, On the Beach
GOOD FOR: Beach Lovers, Families, Couples, Honeymoons, Bonvoy Members
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
On Marco Island, the Hilton is also another great choice. Right on the beautiful Marco Island beach, this resort also has spa.
LOCATION: Marco Island, on the beach
GOOD FOR: Spa Lovers, Beach Lovers, Families, Couples, Honeymoons, Hilton Honors Members
The Best Resort in Naples Florida
There are so many great resorts in the Naples area – which one is the best? Well, the one that is best for your family! I hope this article helps you choose your favorite or be sure to reach out and I can help you plan.
Just writing this article has me dreaming of my next trip to Naples, Florida. Have you been to Naples, Florida? What is your favorite resort in Naples?