Destination: Naples Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Jessie Fetterling
November 20, 2012
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By Heather Larson
May 31, 2012
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Albert Einstein wasn’t talking about meeting-goers in particular, but how better to foster creativity and recharge attendees than to take them where nature inspires and provides a respite from the frenetic pace of the business world? Southwest Florida—Sarasota, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Naples and Marco Island—is just such a place. The communities are distinct, yet each features possibilities for immersion in nature that can help a group reboot and reconnect, and ultimately be more productive.
By Jessie Fetterling
May 31, 2011
Southern Florida is the most tropical any meeting’s going to get in the confines of the continental United States. The white-sand beaches stand in striking contrast to the iridescent teal-blue color of the water, resort pools abound with never-ending infinity lines and the heat is certainly on—temperatures average 65 degrees in January and 85 in July. That tropical setting is present in a variety of meeting hotels in the area and sets the backdrop for memorable off-sites. Whether you’re hitting up the nightlife scene in Miami or relaxing at resorts in Palm Beach, southern Florida has a beach vibe to suit any niche. Just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.
By Maxine Cass
December 30, 2010
As cooler temperatures invade more northern and central climes, the warm weather of South Florida offers a respite from the seasonal cool. Glitz and glam, posh shopping and culture are on your planning plate. As a change of pace, why not include a taste of nature during your meeting group’s encounter with the unique Everglades ecosystems or the tropical blue Caribbean waters of the Florida Keys?
Learn about Naples for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 35
Total Hotel Rooms: 6,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 32
Local Airports: Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Local CVB: Visit Naples, Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB
Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Naples and Fort Myers are a bit more gently paced than the likes of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Here, life is all about golf, fishing and adventures in the nearby Everglades. Oh, and creativity—besides outdoor beauty, Naples also has quite the sophisticated art scene, with a large community of artists and more than 100 galleries. In fact, book author John Villani named it #1 Small Art Town in America. This is definitely a place to get inspired.
Take a day trip to nearby Marcos Island and explore its fabled white sand beaches and green-blue sea. Cruise to the Tiger Tail Beach Park to scope out the abundant birdlife and try your luck fishing. If you happen to catch a few, many restaurant chefs on the mainland will cook your catch while you sit and sip wine in the dining room.
Balmy waters, languid boat rides, gallery-browsing—a sojourn on Florida’s southern tip feels as exotic as a Mexico or Hawaii getaway, with scenarios for every type of meeting. This laid-back locale shows a different side of the Sunshine State—and the sun is guaranteed to shine for you all year round.