Located right on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Naples is known for its award-winning beaches, high-end shopping and championship golf courses. The rapidly growing town is a popular destination for tourists, but visitors love it so much, they become locals. Naples is now home to more than 320,000 residents and continues to grow every year.
Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South are home to numerous art galleries, clothing boutiques and delicious lunch/dinner hotspot. But the fun doesn’t stop there, the town is riddled with family-fun activities to keep the both the children and parents entertained!
During US surveys of Southwest Florida in the 1800’s, General John S. Williams (a senator from Louisville) was mesmerized by the descriptions he heard and planned to visit Southwest Florida to buy some land and develop a city. Williams brought Walter Haldeman (owner of the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper) along for the trip to Southwest Florida.
In 1885 they chartered a boat and sailed down the coast looking for the perfect area to start their new city. When they reached what is today Naples, and saw the miles of beautiful white sand beaches and a bay behind the beaches, they surely had discovered paradise.
In 1886, the Naples Town Improvement Company was founded and they purchased 3,712 acres of land between the Gulf of Mexico and what is now called Naples Bay for $3.00 per acre.