Cheri Peoples

Welcome to Naples, Fl

by CHERI on March 1, 2011

We live here in Florida. It is not where we are from-originally so it is not “home” for us but it is where we live for now. Florida is home to a lot of retirees. We are in Naples. It is as far southwest on the Gulf side as you can go before you hit the Everglades. We are in the last city (mainland)-there is Marco Island (but it is an island), before you are in the Everglades. (The Florida Keys extend out South of us but you have to go over to the Miami side to get there unless you want to travel by boat. (keep your eye out for pirates.)

There are lots of beaches, boats and BEAMS–sunbeams that is, here in Florida.

You will find lots of hotels and million dollar high rises here.  Lots of famouse people have 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th homes here.

Things move at a much slower pace here

The Zoo is quaint but they have a couple of amazing attractions here:

1} They hand feed alligators–these are not trained alligators and to hear their jaws snap shut is so loud. It is amazing to watch them crawling up on that small bank to the employees for chicken or steak. {Do you see all those alligators in the water coming up for food-they know it is feeding time.  There is only one other person on that small bank with him and they are talking to the crowd.  Yes it gives me the EEBY GEEBIES}

2} The other amazing attraction is the boat ride out to the monkey islands.

They have several different islands that they take you out to. Each island is home to different breads. They tell you about each of them. They don’t get into the water so they don’t leave their islands.

There is lots of shopping and tons of Golfing.

$25 million will buy you a lot on the Gulf–who said we were in a recession?

or 23 Million will buy you a home on the Gulf. We actually watched this one being built over a two year period.

We are just a couple of hours from amusement parks or Miami.

Snooty is the oldest known manatee. He was born in captivity and will only eat out of his trainers hands. He has his own AARP card.

Lots of Spring Training Baseball teams are here in Florida.


There are lots of unique one of a kind restaurants here.  There is a lack of many national chain restaurants here.

Flemings Steakhouse–hands down the best steak we have ever had. (meal for 2 over $100)

Yabba Island Grill is delicious and if you are seated before their dinner hour you can get an amazing deal on your meal. We like to sit outside and watch all the people on Fifth Avenue.

Marco Island is just minutes away and just South of Naples (not mainland). As slow paced as Naples is — Marco is even slower.

Next time you are looking for a place for Spring Break consider Florida.

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1 DENISE March 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

I also live in Florida. However, we live on the other side, in Port St. Lucie. I would prefer the Gulf side (you know, in our dreams if we won the lottery). Although we love the weather here as it has an ocean breeze and is almost always sunny (as I say that, the weather man is telling me that rain and a cold front is coming through), I do miss things about home (Missouri).

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2 CHERI March 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

We are originally from Missouri as well. What part of Missouri ??


3 Kathy March 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

OH, Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us. It looks, just so lovely.
From Michigan… everyone spring breaks in Florida & certainly most retirees go down for the winter….
I have never been that far down….someday… : )
(and your alligators terrify me : )

4 Courtney D. March 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m a Floridian too! I was born in Fort Myers, which is just north of Naples, grew up in New Port Richey, which is up near Tampa and now live in Lakeland with my hubby and our son. I love that area-Sannibel Island is one of my favorite places! My grandparents still live in Fort Myers, so we go down that way occasionally to see them.

So nice to meet another Florida blogger!

5 Tracy March 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

You missed your calling Cheri! You should be working for the Department of Tourism! I love Florida and living on the Gulf Coast. I have some family down in the Fort Myers / Naples area but I have not been down to see them in quite a while because they have been coming to us.

~ Tracy

6 Jenn March 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

And even slower paced than Marco is Goodland – a small fishing village/island that is technically part of Marco Island! My parents live there now and I visit at least once a year. If you followed Project Toddler Runway, my Lil’ Rascal project was completed and photographed there while visiting “gMa & gPa Sunshine”.

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