How to Retire to Naples Florida: Homes, Jobs, and Attractions

One of the beach sections at Naples FL.
One of the beach sections at Naples FL. | Source

Southern Florida

Naples is on the Gulf of Mexico in southern Florida, just west of the top of the protected forests that run into the Everglades National Park. These include Picayune, Fakahatchee, and Big Cypress. Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge, Collier Seminole State Park, and other green spaces are major attractions as well. This is all located on or south of I-75 where it runs east and west across Florida, where Fort Lauderdale is on the opposite coast. This Gulf Coast is also known for its Flori-Mex cuisine.

Naples sits on the coastline of Florida that is known as the Paradise Coast . Average temperature for the year in Naples is about 73 degrees F, with high 60s in winter and low 80s in summer.


Paradise Coast Blueway - Everglades to Naples

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Downtown Naples

The City of Naples reserves tradition with an ongoing plan of development for historic areas in the Downtown Districts. In addition to this, there is free on-street parking in the downtown in the Fifth Avenue area. Two free Downtown parking garages are located just a block away from 5th Avenue South, near 8th Street South.

All of the avenues lead right to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico; residents can receive a sticker for free parking at all of these beaches. The City Pier is located at the west end of 12th Avenue South and is enjoyed by fishermen. The neably City Dock is accessible for docking private boats on a pay-per-foot fee schedule. it also is the site of the start for charter vessles for sightseeing, fishing, and sailing. Farther south, Naples Bay runs inlwand for more water activities. A number of nature preserves and parks are available nearby.

The Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center in the center of Olde Naples and serves all ages and skill levels through a staff of well trained tennis pros. It offers 12 high tech Har-Tru (clay-like) tennis courts. Two additional center courts are great for professional exhibitions and tournaments.

Downtown Naples and Fifth Ave. South District

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Cory Osceola and the Franks Family

Cory Osceola of the Seminole Nation and his family used to set up shop on Fifth Avenue South and sell their handcrafted items. Their descendants make and sell Seminole shelters called chickees successfully around Florida and the Mediterranean Sea. These builders are famous around the world.

The Franks are also longtime Naples residents, whose ancestor invented the first Swamp Buggy. The Franks operated a mechanics' garage on Fifth Avenue near 10th street and later, ran a car dealership. Patriarch Ed Franks designed and built the first swamp buggy and swamp buggy races have occurred in Naples anually since 1949.

A chickee enjoyed by several Seminole people.
A chickee enjoyed by several Seminole people. | Source

Naples Swamp Buggy Races, 2010

Collier Area Transit buses run seven days a week to Immokalee, Marco Island, Golden Gate and the City of Naples.
Collier Area Transit buses run seven days a week to Immokalee, Marco Island, Golden Gate and the City of Naples. | Source

Background of Collier County and Naples

Collier County is one of the fastest growing places in America.

Unemployment around the county is below the national average, and an incentive tax structure draws new businesses to the region.

Collier County demonstrates a high rate of new job creation among Florida counties as well. The working population is growing and retirees find the cost of living low. It sounds like a perfect place to be.

With very mild weather, Naples enjoys the average county temperature of 73 - 75 degrees F on the Gulf of Mexico and the distinct is one of the best beach areas in the nation. In addition to the beaches at the west end of each east-west Avenue in town, the Greater Naples Area supports over 130 art galleries and many golf courses. Paddling trails for canoe and kayak enthusiasts are as popular as walking and bike trails and are unique if you come from a land-locked city. Some towns have golf cart "highways", but this one has a canoe highway.

Featuring a multitude of green spaces, parks, and preserves, this western side of the Everglades is the one location that you can see alligators and crocodiles in the same place. Collier County is also the home of the Florida Panther, very rarely seen.

Another venue that is decidedly Naples is the sit of the local Swamp Buggy Races several times a year. The swamp buggies range in size from Jeeps to giants equipped with NASCAR race engines. They race on figure-8 track flooded with water to a depth of a foot and a half. A few places have 3 feet of water as a course obstacle. Both men and women enter the competition and the mascot is an alligator-costumed persona called Swampy.

(Photos in the public domain.)
(Photos in the public domain.)

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

It is exciting to live in the midst of canoe highways and wildlife refuges as well as city amenities.

This far-ranging wildlife refuge is just 20 miles east of Naples and north of I-75, with headquarters at Exit 15. It protects a number of endangered and threatened species across 93,000,000 acres. Radio-signal tracking collars have been placed on several local panthers to help track their travels and breeding habits in order to help them increase in numbers.

The nearby Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve just south of this refuge features Jane’s Scenic Drive. It crosses the habitat of the Florida Panther. Not many of this species are left, but visitors may actually catch sight one on on this road or a nearby logging road used for hiking. Take your camera.

Road underpasses have been built through Florida panther territory, especially across I-75, to prevent future roadkill deaths of the endangered species. Otherwise, they can live to the age of 12 years and one example was found to have lived for 16 years.

Florida Panther Kitten

In Everglades National Park.
In Everglades National Park. | Source

Jane's Scenic Drive

Local Higher Education Institutes

Property and Retirement Communities

 

Top Jobs in Naples

  1. General Dentists, Assistants and Hygienists
  2. Salespeople
  3. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  4. Mortgage Loan Officers
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Travel nurses especially, daily pay, seasonal increases, more.
  6. Assistant Managers - Retail and food service.
  7. Physical Therapy Assistants
  8. Speech Language Pathologists - Rehabilitation facilities.
  9. Retail Store Managers
  10. Hair and Fashion Stylists

Companies Posting the Most Worker Vacancies

  1. PTRS - Therapy
  2. NCH Healthcare System
  3. Marriott Hotels and Resorts
  4. CriticalConnections
  5. Medical Connections
  6. Fifth Third Bank
  7. Robert Half Finance & Accounting
  8. Physicians Regional Healthcare
  9. Jos. A. Bank - Mens's upscale apparel
  10. Arthrex - IT and Engineering

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Comments 18 comments

david stillwagon 6 years ago

I have been to Naples and it is pretty nice.

good hub

David


Lorentorres 6 years ago

interested realastate properties (residentual)in naples


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Very nice hub. I am a native Floridian, but from the Alabama part of the state. My grandfather bought some property in Cape Coral real close to Naples, but my dad inherited it and sold it cheap.Excellent fishing area and the weather is pretty livable year round. A little hot and sticky in mid summer but the beaches remedy that problem. Good information.Two thumbs up!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a comprehensive hub. I have enjoyed it.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice article. thanks for share. I also like the picture.


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

What a great Hub, Patty. I guess the reason we like Naples so much is the weather. Yes, the beaches are great, yes the people are wonderful, and it is not in financial trouble like so many areas in the nation. Don White


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greensnob 6 years ago

Yes, it is a beuatiful place and I am not surprised to hear the top10 jobs either, especially cashiers!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Lots of retail and grocery business going on, must be. Thanks for comments!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

I had no idea there were panthers in Florida. !!!Guess you can learn something new every day. Great hub as always x


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Good hub. I love the pictures.


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theazorean 6 years ago from Florence, Italy

Nice article and photos. My family lives in Naples, FL and I have tried to live there three times and simply cannot do it. Yes, it is a beautiful city with amazing wildlife (I love the birds) and gorgeous vegetation, but...As an art historian and educator, I find that it has little culture and the art scene is lacking (desptie all the commercial art galleries). The Journeyman Gallery was a great spot that featured progressive artists, but since that is not what sells, it closed down. I guess the coconut tree and pelican paintings are more appealing to the masses. There is only ONE art museum and luckily, it has a decent collection. There is no community theater aside from the Sugden (which is terribly pricey), so if you are a theater fan- there are not many options. I am not trying to be offensive or negative- it's just sad. For a city filled with so much money, one would expect MORE than just golf, tennis, dining out and shopping. In my experience, it is a "clicky" city with a certain "Florida lifestyle" that you either have to go along with or your outside the loop. Not a lot of choices(which is why I choose to live in Florence, Italy, much to my family's dismay). To VACATION in Naples, however is a whole other story. It is FANTASTIC- the pristine beaches, the clear water and the weather is divine. I like Naples much better now that I no longer live in it. My personal opinion on the city is just that- personal. I do not want to take away from your very well written article. Keep up the good work!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for contributing so much info, theazorean. It's good to hear the experiences of one that has lived there.


Kim Smith 6 years ago

Great Article and lovely pictures! We love Naples! We http://www.naplesrealestateguys.com when we retired. They are friendly, familiar with all the area and know their stuff! If you are looking for Florida Realtor then Naples Real Estate is the way to go! I would never go to another realtor again.


Amie Warren 5 years ago

You forgot to include "Be Wealthy". Naples has one of the highest costs of living in FL, and is well known as a haven for the rich. They actually cannot get people to work there because they can't afford to live there, and had to pass a law forcing property owners to create low-cost housing. Unfortunately, what they consider low cost is $800 for a studio apartment. Naples has serious "snobbery" issues.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

It's true that about half of the Naples retirement communities require rents of $1,000 - 2,000 or mor monthly, BUT I find that OVER 1/3 of these properties offer rents UNDER $700 and some very good 1-bedroom units for between $570 - $600.

While I cannot find the law you mention in Naples Florida, we DO have such a law in Central Ohio - the largest city requires builders to construct 10-15% of new ventures for affordable-for-all-populations and affordable-retirement housing. I find nothing wrong with passing a law to do this. If a business is going to be IN a communtiy and making money FROM that community, then they should help that community in certain ways. Most companies do it of their own accord here. If not, I see nothing wrong with requiring it by law, unless the % of affordable-community construction required is too high - 20% is too high, imo.


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Courtney L J 4 years ago

Marco Island-- have to check it our if you're down there.


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aesta1 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

We are just in Naples yesterday to visit family and friends and we really like the area. The only expensive time is really February and March. We had lunch at BICEs in 5th and it was really enjoyable. We had been to Naples maybe 10 years ago and it has changed so much.


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Patty Inglish, MS 20 months ago from North America Author

Thanks for describing a bit more about Naples and its attractions! I've thought of moving to Florida, myself. Some cities change pretty fast!

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