Naples, FL Top 10 in 2016


#1 Best Place to Live in Florida 2016

Naples, Florida

Is Naples Florida a Good Place to Live?

As a Naples native, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “Is Naples, Florida a good place to live?” You may be thinking, “Is Naples safe?, “What’s the weather like in summer?” or “Would I be happy living there?” Those are just some of the many questions that may be on your mind if you are thinking of moving to Naples as a second home or for retirement.

When considering Naples you may be waivering between the Gulf Coast and the East Coast of Florida. You might wonder, “what is it that sets Naples apart from other cities in Florida?” Soon, the differences become crystal clear. The benefits of living in Naples over other Florida areas are tremendous in most every way.

Without further ado, here’s the top ten reasons why Naples, Florida is hands-down the best place to live in Florida and quite possibly the world!

10. Beaches –
Naples, Florida is knows for it’s beautiful white sandy beaches. Naples has some of the cleanest sand and Gulf waters that you will ever experience. There are 17 miles of beaches in Collier County. The Naples beachfront is rated with the best in the world. They often make top 10 lists of the best beaches across the globe. Recently Dr. Beach, Stephen Leatherman, included Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park beach in Naples, FL and nearby Barefoot Beach in his Top 10 Beaches.

Beach on Gulf in Naples Flrodia9.   Safety & Low Crime – Is Naples, FL a safe place to live? Naples is a safe city compared to the rest of Florida and the nation. According to, the Naples crime rate is far below both the Florida and National average. “The overall crime rate in Naples is 32% lower than the average of crimes committed in Florida. When it comes to violent crimes, Naples shows a crime rate that is 86% lower than the Florida average! The crime rate is also 79% lower than the national average. When it comes to property crimes, Naples, FL is shown to be 24% lower than the Florida average.” Furthermore, “there are a total of 95 Naples police officers. This results in 4.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 10.8% greater than the Florida average and 43.9% greater than the National average.”

8.   Neapolitan Architecture – Unobstructed views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico are a Naples hallmark. Homes in Old Naples are not surrounded by tall, overbearing buildings that block the sun and skyline. City leaders have gone to great lengths to keep your focus on the Neapolitan architecture and natural, tropical greenery of Naples. Local government has placed strong restrictions on signs, billboards and building height in the city of Naples. A prime example of our strict sign regulations is the “golden arches” on US 41 North. Instead of the usual 30 foot high signs that you see in most cities, Naples has a small McDonald’s sign down on the ground. You won’t see that most places in the United States or even internationally.

Architecture on 5th Ave S in Naples FL7. DiningNaples has some of the best dining in the U.S. Some favorite Naples restaurants are Osteria Tulia, The Grill at the Ritz Carlton, Truluck’s and The Turtle Club right on Vanderbilt Beach (park your toes in the sand while you dine!), just to name a few.

6. Pristine The word, pristine, comes up often when explaining Naples to an outsider. In another word, clean. It best describes the litter-less streets, low crime, small signs, clean beaches, expertly shaped landscaping and conscious efforts of residents to keep it that way. Neapolitans respect their piece of paradise and work hard to ensure its beauty.

Boating, Fishing, Golf –  Naples has a plethora of things to do in the great outdoors. Fishing and golf are not hobbies here, they are ways of life. Naples has some of the best waterfront in the world. Growing up in Naples, we fished late into the night at lighted docks and the Naples Fishing Pier. We caught snook and snapper right off the dock and ate them soon after — now that’s fresh seafood!

And then there is the golf. As a top golfing destination, Naples has over 70 golf courses to choose from. Many homebuyers want to live in Naples golf communities regardless of their level or desire of play. Many of the higher-end luxury homes are in golf communities like Talis Park, MediterraGrey Oaks, Collier’s Reserve and Quail West. There’s something about being able to drive your golf cart from your garage right to the first tee without getting in the car.
Waterfront Naples FL 4. Sunsets Sunsets in Naples are very special. Around the time of the setting sun, if you venture
down any of the Old Naples avenues that end at the Gulf, you are bound to be shoulder to shoulder with several others looking West. When the sun hits the horizon put your cocktail down and join the clapping, for you have just witnessed one of the most sacred moments on the Gulf: Sunset. And if you’re lucky, one day – if you don’t blink – you will see the elusive “green flash.”

3.   Weather – Naples weather has average air temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest summer months are July, August and September. The best weather months are November through May where there is little rain and less humidity. Gulf water temperatures range from the 60’s in the winter to the mid 80’s from spring through fall.

2. Downtown Old Naples Old Naples is the heartbeat of the city. Don’t let the name fool you. Nothing in this downtown area looks “old.”

Old Naples is the cultural essence of the city. It’s where Naples began as a tiny fishing village back in the 1900’s. Among the new estate homes and updated buildings, several historic beach cottages still remain. These old fishing cottages add to the cultural charm of downtown and stand as timeless reminders of the early history of Naples.

Today, Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South districts define the modern Neapolitan lifestyle. Specialty shops and outdoor cafes dot the sidewalks in this quaint, yet sophisticated local hot spot. Strolling down 5th or 3rd, you’ll find plenty of dining, dancing and a bit of nightlife. And don’t be surprised to find live music and art festivals taking over the downtown area on many weekends throughout the year.White Sands Realty Beach Naples FL

& Drumroll ………

1. Happy People – Neapolitans come from all around the world – mid-westerners, New Yorkers, Canadians, Europes and everything in-between. Naples is a global melting pot with one common denominator: happiness shows on the suntanned faces of most everyone you’ll meet.

It’s easy to see why Naples, FL was voted the happiest and healthiest city in the US. “Residents have the lowest levels of stress in the country and eat healthy on a daily basis,” according to the report.

All this well-being shows up in the demeanor and attitudes of people all around town. Everyone is happy and grateful to live in this little piece of paradise.

Once you’ve experienced it for yourself, I’m sure you will agree that Naples, Florida may be one of the best places to live and enjoy life you could ever find. You may even decide to buy your own piece of paradise and become a neighbor and fellow Neapolitan.

If you’d like to explore real estate & homes for sale in Naples, Florida, please feel free to browse our listings.


Naples, FL Top 10 in 2016 — 195 Comments

  1. My husband, 10 year old daughter and I are moving to Naples from Minnesota we are not wealthy but middle class and I was wondering if we will feel out of place not being wealthy. Everyone keeps telling us that only wealthy people and retired people live there. I am a nurse so I could work anywhere but we really like the area and who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful place especially since we are from Minnesota.

    • Hi Bonnie:
      Naples has its fair share of wealthy people, but most of them are CEO types or similar, and prefer to live in private quietly. All Naples beaches are public and we share the same sand and warm gulf waters as they do. They may live right on the beach but the major portion of Naples is middle class and just across the street or within an easy drive. We also have a fair share of retirees, but the number of new schools and medical facilities means the number of families providing services is growing as well. Your right about who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful place. Naples tops the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings list released in February. The report measures how residents of 190 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. We’ll send you some properties to look at. Best
      Gorana & Steve

  2. Hi there,

    I am debating about Naples or Boca/Ft Lauderdale. Do you know what area of the country usually move to each of these areas? We are in our fourties. We like old luxury old towns and also active modern towns with fine shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, nice beaches without the messy people etc. We like Boca but have other reasons to move to Naples. I have never been to Naples and I am a bit scared that it has too many people who don’t enjoy the finest things. Can you confirm the difference between these 3 places please?


    • Hi Janet,
      Great question.Naples attracts people from all around the world – mid-westerners, New Yorkers, Canadians, and Europeans. One common denominator: happiness shows on the suntanned faces of most everyone you’ll meet and the pace is less frenetic than Boca or Ft Lauderdale, where people tend to bring their concerns with them more. Perhaps it has to do with our very low crime rate, or more days of sunshine than any other place in Florida, according to long term observed averages by the National Weather Service, and 2 of “Dr.Beachs’top ten in the U.S, in recent memory.We have some of the historic buildings in Olde Town, when Naples was mostly a fishing village 100 years ago, but today there is more than our fair share of in depth shopping,fine dinning, elegant homes and even a little night life with live music venues, a fully funded philharmonic, etc. One person temporarily renting, and considering Naples as you are versus the east coast, simply said to me just last week that he hadn’t heard one person say a negative thing about living here during their 3 month stay. Another said it’s just easier getting to all the things there are to do in Naples. One final thought, which may discourage people who don’t enjoy the finest things, is other than hotels, most residences discourage people from renting for a week. Most buildings rent at least 30 days or more and minimize the amount of times rented, which tends to attract “committed” people, who want to enjoy all that the town offers. All the best. Gorana & Steve

    • I lived on the east coast in Coral Springs. Was in Boca all the time. I lived over there for 36 years. Took 1trip to Naples one weekend 10 years ago. I immediately told my friends good bye I am moving! Quality of life! Naples is very upscale. People on the east coast are moving farther north to Delrat and Boynton to escape the madness. Naples is growing fast. The secret is out! I m not leaving.

  3. Hello.

    I am thinking of moving my young family (2 kids under 6) to Stonecreek, a GL Homes community.

    Any opinions on the community, homes or GL Homes as a builder?


    • Hi Sandro:
      GL Homes has been one of the most successful builders in Naples, and continued to build right through the housing bubble bursting in 2008. Stone Creek is now the fifth community they are building and it’s right behind Riverstone, another GL Homes community almost complete. Zoning plans call for a substantial portion of land set aside as preserve, and the site plan also shows an area for an elementary school, which might be just great for your young family. We’ll send you some details. All the best.
      Gorana & Steve

  4. Hi Mark, Love your site. I am retired single looking to move to Naples this summer. I believe it was said prices may be lower in the summer, correct? I have approximately 200k to spend. Do you think it would be possible to find a place that has reasonable HOA fees and isn’t really far from the beach? Also, what is the forecast for Naples RE respective to prices over the next couple of years? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Mary:
      There are a few 1 bedroom condos within the Park Shore and Moorings area and your budget, where you can walk to everyday shopping and be relatively close to the beach, but the HOA fees, because of hurricane storm surge insurance within them, are going to be high.To get the combination you are looking for, you’ll have to go further inland. There are a number of communities Southeast of downtown. Some of the newer 1-2 bedroom units are available within your budget with reasonable HOA fees, but you’ll need a car for the beaches. However, all beaches in Naples are public, with periodic access points, and residents get to park free, even in multiple level covered lots such as at Vanderbilt beach, or metered spaces at the western (beach end) of avenues, such as Fifth Ave S. Beach stickers can be picked up with proof of residency (utility bill example) at designated county parks. We’ll send you some sample listings. Best

  5. Looking to move to Naples within the year. I need my sister who has a mental disability to move near me also. What options are there for someone in her condition. Are there group home, or apartment that supplement rental fees? She is on disability.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *