Naples + The Gulf Coast

Naples + The Gulf Coast Travel Guide

Thanks to its gentle currents, the beach is a popular and lively spot, especially on weekends. For seclusion, head to the gorgeous white-yellow sands of Long Boat Key.

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Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling.

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Intact remains of Florida’s mysterious pre-European inhabitants are surprisingly rare—that’s why the 425 or so graves are so special, not to mention the two ceremonial stones marked with engravings of sun gods that show how symbolic this riverside spot was for its first human settlers.

All the beaches on the Naples coast are not only public but clean and free. After sunning, mosey over to the City Pier, where, in a Florida rarity, you can park alongside anglers without springing for a license.

Opens early February.

A miniature circus re-creates the Ringling operation in staggering detail—2,300 pieces.

Insider clout: For clients on a luxury Mediterranean cruise, Gordon set up a rendezvous with a top Tuscan winemaker who created a special batch of wine for them.Years as agent: 32. Specialties: Cruising, Africa, space travel.

More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like fins performs Esther Williams-esque routines in the pool.