Naples : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Naples

Naples represents the gold coast of southwest Florida. People who say they don’t like Florida might not have seen this upscale retirement community. Its downtown is as sophisticated as any in the world, but charming too – you can pull up to a 5 star hotel’s valet parking, and then walk 50 feet to a old-fashioned bar where you can listen to Irish singers. High end shops vie for your credit card.  Surrounding the walk-able downtown are beautiful residential streets, conveniently situated next to the white coral beach that goes for miles, with condominiums and homes lining much of it. The average age in Naples is quite high (67 years), proving it is definitely a popular retirement spot. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area is one of the most popular parks in southwest Florida.

The downtown neighborhoods are lovely and feature both private homes and small condominium associations. Many other active adults 55+ choose to live in the many expensive gated developments along various waterways. Naples has every type of active adult community imaginable, and most of them are quite expensive. Golf courses are just about everywhere, but tend to be more on the Bay side of town. The 2020 population was about 19,000, with many more in the surrounding area.

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Where to Retire in Naples and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities in Naples of all types. In fact Topretirements has reviews of 40 or more in our Directory (see link at top left).
 The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Naples/Immokalee/Marco Island area to be $850,000 for the 2nd quarter of 2022, a 28% increase from a year earlier. Many homes near the beach and in waterfront developments will sell for much more than that. 


What Is Special about Naples

• Naples Beach and adjacent neighborhoods • Charming and upscale downtown area • An upscale development for everybody • Active cultural life • an affluent and prosperous town • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a huge preserve • Naples claims it has more golf holes per capita than any other town in the country.


What Is Not Special about Naples

Oppressively hot, humid summers;  traffic is intense and only going to get worse; really high prices, although they have fallen lately; everybody seems rich.


Who Will Like Retirement in Naples

Naples is a growing, vital community. The majority of the population seem to be in retirement, and they are extremely affluent.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, Finance, Retail, Healthcare, Real Estate

Climate and Physical Environment

Naples is the west coast of Florida, with many bays and waterways. It is on one of the best beaches in the world. The terrain is flat and tropical. Warm winters and hot humid summers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Naples has been listed as one of the top small art towns in America. The Naples Players, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonic Center of Naples, and the Sugden Theater are just some of the cultural attractions in Naples. If that isn't enough it is less than an hour away from more theatres in Ft. Myers to the north. There are various community and dinner theatres. The libraries are first rate and artists thrive in the many art galleries.


Crime in Naples is a little less than two thirds the national average.

Medical Facilities

In addition to Naples Community Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic has a facility in Naples. Sometimes it seems like every other building houses a medical practice or facility - there is no shortage of medical care here!



The city is served by the Naples Municipal Airport and the Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. Southwest Florida International Airport, in South Fort Myers is just a short trip up the Interstate. Most of the low-cost carriers are there, offering convenient non-stop service to many destinations. Car traffic is intense in season.  Downtown Naples is way above average in walkability when compared to other communities, but once out of the downtown that is not so.


Valuable Links

Naples on Wikipedia

Naples Florida


What people are saying about Naples

Changing Naples
My wife and I live in Naples year round. I have only been here 5 years but my wife has lived here for 38 years. Naples is beautiful filled with many gorgeous historic mansions, gated communities, and high end shopping. The restaurants are amazing with tastes and styles for everyone though very crowded and pricey especially during the “season” which starts slowly in October and builds to its peak January through March. Golf is abundant but with few public courses as most of the gated communities have their own courses with high priced buy-ins. As for the arts there is Artis-Naples with the Naples philharmonic and nearby Barbara B Mann Theater plus some very nice local theaters. For sports the Red Sox and Twins have spring training facilities, there is a minor league hockey team and Florida Gulf Coast College sports. During season the roads and parking are very challenging and dangerous if you ride a motorcycle or bicycle. Unfortunately as happens is so many areas in Florida, Naples is in the midst of uncontrolled growth. Just about every undeveloped parcel of land is being bulldozed over for more assisted living facilities or gated communities. For those who wanted to escape the congestion on the east coast of Florida Naples is becoming just as bad. Naples used to be a great eclectic town of a small high end downtown and 5th Ave. and incredible beaches but this uncontrolled growth is rapidly changing Naples as historic homes and builds are being torn down to be replaced by cookie cutter mansions and strip malls.
Posted by jgilfoy1 on February 04, 2015

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