ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> naples, fl
Thanks to places such as Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Mi- ami, the luxurious southeast coast of Florida is synony- mous with over-the-top ostentation and gobs of glitz and
glamour. On the southwest side of the state, there’s certainly
no shortage of wealth. Indeed, Naples long held the unofficial title of having the most millionaires per capita. But when
it comes to attitude and style, Naples is as far from Miami
Beach as the seemingly endless Alligator Alley that separates
the two coasts.
Simply put, life is a little more understated on the Gulf Coast.
In part, that cultural difference has to do with the makeup of the
people typically migrating to southwest Florida. Whereas south-
east Florida tends to draw from the Interstate 95 corridor (some
refer to the southeast as New York City South), the Naples
area is where Midwesterners move.
And with this Midwestern migra-
tion, which conveniently tracks
the Interstate 75 path that runs
through America’s midsection, comes
a different attitude and culture.
Sandwiched between the clear and
calming waters of the Gulf of Mexico
and the vast wilderness of the Ever-
glades, Naples offers up a delightful
balance between exclusive resort-style living and all-natural
persona. Naples is “old Florida,” as the locals put it. And even
though the area has become increasingly developed, Naples
still has that old Florida feel.
Pocket of Wealth
and Low-Key Living
by Scott Kauffman
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Florida Everglades
The iconic Everglades National Park, the largest
subtropical wilderness in the United States, is an
escape to Old Florida and a place writer Marjory
Stoneman Douglas called “River of Grass.”
• Ten Thousand Islands
The estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand
Islands is one of the most popular parts of the
• Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Explore Florida fauna and wildlife at its finest on
a captivating two-mile long winding boardwalk
through this Audubon sanctuary.
• Big Cypress National Preserve
Bordering the Everglades National Park and Ten
Thousand Islands, this was one of America’s first
preserves in the U.S. National Park system and just
another natural Naples-area splendor that can’t
• Baker Museum
One of four major historic museums in the Naples
area that gives visitors a glimpse into Florida’s final
• Naples Botanical Garden
A 170-acre world-class garden paradise featuring
plants and culture that will delight the sense of both
young and old.
Naples is a delighful