Car Hire at Naples Municipal Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Naples, a quieter alternative to the lively south-eastern coast of Florida, can make an idyllic destination for beach lovers. The soft white sand is backed by narrow dunes and mansions, with a cultured town featuring stylish and fun attractions. It is a destination fit for everybody from young couples to middle-aged executives and seniors out for strolls along the beach and some browsing around town. Going here on a holiday can be possible through Naples Municipal Airport, the main domestic port of entry in the area.
Where to hire a car at Naples Municipal Airport
Various car rental facilities can be found in Naples Airport. Avis, Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty have their own desks at the commercial terminal, allowing you to check out the rates they offer, as well as their selection of vehicles. You can consider different types of cars, but you should always go for the one which can handle the terrain of south-western Florida. A 4WD might be suitable enough, but you should stick to more understated choices such as a sedan if you intend to stay in town.
To rent a car in Florida, you must have your driver's licence, passport, and a credit card. The minimum age is 21, but some companies charge more for drivers under 25 years old. Major companies might also let you drop off the car in another location, but for an additional charge. Others also have programs allowing utilising the Toll by Plate electronic collection system where tolls and service fees are automatically charged to the credit card you used to rent the vehicle. For more details including driving restrictions, be sure to check the terms and conditions offered by the car rental agency before signing.
What to expect when hiring a car from Naples Municipal Airport
The road surrounding the airport is the North Road, which connects to Route 31 and Route 856/Radio Road. A major road, Route 90, and Highway 41 are also nearby, which partly isolates Naples Airport from the major traffic flows. There are times in the year when connecting routes become saturated with traffic, especially in the peak season and holidays. The communities near the airport are: North Naples, Bonita Springs, Orangetree, Ave Maria, Immokalee, Harker, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Cayo Costa, Marco Island, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, and many others.
There are numerous toll roads, lanes, and bridges to be found in Florida. Some of the nearby routes are Cape Coral Bridge, Midpoint Memorial Bridge, and Sanibel Causeway, to name a few. Congestion charges are not mentioned in various sources, but you should still allot a specific amount, so you will have additional money for any fee you might encounter. One-way roads can be found in some areas, which make it important that you are familiar with some of the most popular routes in the area, so there is a minimum amount of chance to get lost. Bicycles might be found navigating the way to and from the beach, so be careful while driving. Petrol stations, on the other hand, can be found in Hess and Shell by Route 31 and Jacob's Total Gas Services on Prospect Avenue. AmeriGas is located on Commercial Boulevard, while Mobil is located by Highway 41/Tamiami Trail N.
Driving around Naples Municipal Airport
To get to Naples, which is around 10 minutes away in good traffic conditions, follow Terminal Dr and North Rd to Airport Pulling Rd S. Take Fl-84 W/Davis Blvd to 10th St S in Naples and continue on 10th St S to 9th St S/Tamiami Trail. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 9th St S/Tamiami Trail to reach the centre of the town. The rush hour usually comes around the commuting times, with the traffic thickening during the peak season of July to October. Parking can be found in some parts of the town, usually at accommodations and other establishments with free spaces.
Getting to your destination
Nestled inland along the river, the city of Fort Myers makes a nice stopover to various other destinations. Its brick-lined main street serves different diversions and then a way to visit Thomas Edison's winter home and laboratory. You will also find here Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a 2,000 acre park with Florida's flora and fauna.
About 50 minutes away, you can reach Fort Myers if you get on I-75 N from Radio Rd, Livingston Rd, and Golden Gate Pkwy. Follow I-75 N to FL-82 W/Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Lee County. From there, take exit 138 from I-75 N and then go on to Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and then FL-82 E to reach your destination. Parking can be found in the area's establishments.
The quintessential beach city, Miami charms visitors with the beauty of Biscayne Bay and other natural sights. There are also the various comfortable amenities, as well as a few quirky establishments, such as karaoke bars to be found here. The arts is also a big deal here, with the Art Deco Historic District, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts.
Get on I-75 S from Radio Rd, Livingston Rd and Golden Gate Pkwy to continue on I-75 S. Take I-595 E, Florida's Turnpike and I-95 Express to Downtown Distributor in Miami. Take exit 2C from I-95 S and then drive to U.S. 1 to reach the city centre. Along the way are toll roads, with an overall estimated travel time of nearly two hours. Parking can be found in various hotels and other landmarks in the city.
West Palm Beach
A humbler equivalent to the fairer Palm Beach, this part of Florida's east coast has a diverse range of restaurants and a beautiful waterway that is wonderful to look at during clear evenings. You will also find several interesting landmarks here such as the Ann Norton Sculpture Park and the Norton Museum of Art.
When going here, get on I-75 S from Radio Rd, Livingston Rd and Golden Gate Pkwy. Follow I-75 S, FL-869 N and I-95 N to FL-704 E/Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach. Take exit 70 from I-95 N and then follow FL-704 E/Okeechobee Blvd, S Tamarind Ave, and 1st St/Banyan Blvd to FL-5 N. This route has tolls, with the drive taking around two hours and 20 minutes to reach. Parking availability is fair, especially in out-of-season visits.