Travel Whimsy / Alamy

Easy beach getaway on the Gulf of Mexico.

August 09, 2012

There’s more to Naples than $40 million mansions and rarefied country clubs—it can be a hideout for the money-savvy, too. Set between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades, the city is ideal for sunbathing on the white-sand beaches, fishing (without a license)—all the while fueling up at wallet-friendly seafood shacks.

Pincher's Crab Shack

This waterfront spot is an endearing Xerox of Florida’s Redneck Riviera: country music, wooden tables with paper towels, and affordable crab-lobster rolls.

Fifth Avenue Coffee Company

For breakfast, choose from 15 flavors of muffins.

Lemon Tree Inn

Close to downtown, the inn has a sunny Key West–like vibe, with brightly painted rooms and homey touches like the free fresh lemonade on tap at reception.

Naples’ City Pier

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.

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