There’s a big difference between eating and dining. Dining is about much more than simply consuming a meal: It’s all about the senses, and savoring everything from taste and execution to presentation and atmosphere. That’s why anyone who loves fine dining should get the taste of Paradise in Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades.
Known as Florida’s Paradise Coast, the area has become a culinary mecca for top chefs and restaurants. With fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, seasonal stone crab, local produce, and farm-to-table ingredients, this is a place where every dish delivers both freshness and flavor.
Start your food tour of Paradise in walkable Downtown Naples, where you’ll find everything from fresh-caught seafood to international fare. Stroll along the European-style looks of 5th Avenue South for a bite at the trendy Hobnob Kitchen and Bar, seafood at Truluck’s and Ocean Prime, or Persian at BHA!BHA! Persian Bistro. Of course, with a city name like Naples, there’s no shortage of classic and modern Italian restaurants, such as Osteria Tulia, Caffé Milano, Bellini on Fifth, BiCE Ristorante, and Alberto’s on Fifth. Turn onto 3rd Street South for seafood at Sea Salt, mediterranean food at Mediterrano, steaks at D’Amico’s the Continental, and even more Italian options at Campiello and Barbatella.
Every visit to Florida’s Paradise Coast calls for some quality beach time. On Marco Island, you can get your fill of sun, surf, and sensational food. For some casual fun, check out CJ’s on the Bay or enjoy a prohibition-inspired happy hour at the SpeakEasy Marco Island. Experience breathtaking beach views and meals at Sale e Pepe at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort or Ario at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.
Get authentic, Old Florida fare down in Everglades City. City Seafood, Triad Seafood Market & Café, and Camellia Street Grill are all excellent places to try down-home Southern dishes, fresh seafood, and even alligator. And while you’re there, make time for a kayaking or airboat eco-tour through the Everglades for a true Florida adventure.
The local craft beer scene in Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades is booming as well. Check out local favorites like Naples Beach Brewery, Riptide Brewing Company, Bone Hook Brewing, Marco Island Brewery, Oil Well Craft Beer, and Ankrolab Brewing.
A visit to Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades is meant to be savored in more ways than one. Treat your taste buds to a vacation on Florida’s Paradise Coast.
- by Erin Byers Murray