Go to Naples, a swish and swanky southwest Floridian town in the United States.
Naples Municipal Airport (APF)
The Naples Municipal Airport is for private and charter craft only and is not open to wider commercial airlines. The nearest airport that receives incoming flights from Australia is the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), which is located 48km away.
Airlines to Naples
There are several international airline carriers that fly into RSW, these include: Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and United.
If you’re flying from Australasia, you can expect at least one or two stopovers, typically in Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), Dubai (DXB) and New York (JFK or EWR).
Getting into Naples
Taxis can be found just outside the RSW terminals, but this is an expensive way to travel, and will cost you around 100USD ($132).
By public transportation There are shuttle companies that offer services from RSW to Naples for 50USD ($66), which is inclusive of up to four passengers. Or for a cheaper option, the Greyhound bus service operates from Fort Myers to Naples from 15USD ($20).
The easiest way to get to Naples is by hiring a car, which you can do so from RSW Airport. There are eight rental car companies located on site, including recognisable brands like Avis and Budget.
What can you do in Naples?
The gorgeous town of Naples sits perched on the southwest coast of Florida, looking out onto the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Its reputation as a destination for high-end shopping, excellent cuisine, pristine beaches and beautiful golf courses precedes it, and you’ll find a visit to Naples will have you planning another.
The historic downtown area is where you’ll want to start; stroll down Third Street South where the shopping is varied and chic, from boutique apparel stores, home décor shops and art galleries. When you’re done for the day, head down to the beachfront for dinner by the water, and have a drink in one of the lavish bars as the sun sinks below the horizon.
If you want to experience the outdoors, there are plenty of tours out to the Everglades, as well as fishing tours and dolphin sightseeing boat trips out to the Gulf. If you are more
interested in relaxing, you can chart a boat to Key West and enjoy a tropical paradise, or take advantage of the beaches nearby, including the one on your doorstep, Naples Beach which offers 16km of gleaming shoreline. Otherwise if you fancy teeing off, there are more golf courses than you can count in Naples, and the culture of this sleepy but ritzy town is perfect for spending your days alternating between the green of the course and the blue of the sea.
When should you go?
Florida is a tropical state and so you won’t find that it ever really gets cold in Naples. Expect the cooler seasons, between January to March to average around the late teens (18-19°C) with June through September hitting around 29-30°C. This is Florida, so expect the occasional shower, which tend to be heavy, but short-lived.
What do I need to know?
Currency: American Dollar (USD)
Visas: All travellers to the USA will need a visa. Some nationalities qualify for the ESTA, a visa issued online, but if you don’t qualify, you can check the United States Government website to see the requirements for entry.
Please note all information is current as of March 2016.
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