While Old Naples is considered the downtown area of Naples, it doesn't have a typical urban feel. Instead, it has a sophisticated charm due to a blend of classy entertainment venues and elegant city vistas. Many residents enjoy a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle, especially along the clean beachfront and the lively shopping centers. Those who want to explore outside the neighborhood, but want to leave the car at home, only need to board the trolleys that commute to and from Vanderbilt Beach.
One particular charming neighborhood within Old Naples, Crayton Cove, is anchored along the waterfront and houses some of Naples' best restaurants. These offer anything from gourmet cuisine to casual seafood dining. Crayton Cove's roots date back to the city's seafaring ways, and today it is home to splendid yacht clubs and numerous sail boats, docks, and charter boats.
Popular shopping areas in Old Naples include the shopping centers on 5th Avenue and 3rd Street. In addition to fashion boutiques, antique stores and jewelers, the 5th Avenue shopping district features an eclectic mix of art galleries, design showrooms, salons and spas. These are housed among landscaped promenades and esthetically pleasing architecture.
Residents also have many choices for outdoor activities and enjoyment of nature and wildlife. These include visiting the Naples Zoo or the Naples Botanical Preserve and going on air boat rides through the Everglades. With its location right on the coastline, Old Naples also provides plenty of opportunities for other water-related activities, such as sunset sails and sightseeing cruises.
The real estate market in Old Naples contains a variety of historic houses, new homes, lake view properties, and sought-after residences with private beach access and unimpeded ocean views. In addition to making an excellent investment, home owners gain another advantage. They qualify for membership in the Old Naples Association (ONA), whether they live in Old Naples full-time, part-time, or just own real estate there. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and to preserving the charm of Old Naples. Members of the ONA also benefit from discounts at over 100 local businesses and restaurants.