Girl's Weekend Getaway in Naples
1Start the evening with one of the city's famous sunsets, best viewed from Naples Pier, an easy walk from the Third Street South shopping district.
2Go for dinner at Chops City Grill, a long-running favorite in the heart of downtown that tends to stay open later in low season. Although it's a steakhouse, the menu mixes it up with Asian flavors and a raw bar.
3Walk to Osetra, a new champagne and caviar bar on Fifth Avenue South, to end the evening on an indulgent note. The menu ranges from affordable sparkling wine by the glass and black caviar with crème fraiche to bottles of Cristal and bank-breaking servings of the finest Russian caviar.
1Drive over to East Naples for breakfast — and to stock the hotel kitchen — at the 2012 newcomer Three60 Market. This Dean & DeLuca-esque gourmet deli has waterfront tables and specializes in fresh baked goods and unique salads.
2Head north about 20 minutes to lounge on the white sand at Vanderbilt Beach Park near the Ritz-Carlton. This is one of Naples' most popular sunbathing spots so arrive before 10 am during high season to ensure a spot.
3Make your way south with a detour for lunch at Inca's Kitchen, just north of Golden Gate Parkway. The Peruvian restaurant features a don't-miss selection of ceviche.
4Head back to the east side for one of the city's top draws, the Naples Botanical Garden, reopening in October 2014. The grounds include six cultivated gardens, 90 acres of restored native preserve, and 2.5 miles of walking trails.
6For dinner, meander over to Third Street newcomer Barbatella, which has already earned a following for its wood-oven pizzas and homemade pasta – and for helping to fill the gap of moderately priced downtown dining options. We recommend the Pescatora pizza with shrimp, squid, and mussels.
7Wind down with a martini at the downstairs bar of Fifth Avenue's Café Lurcat, a no longer new but still shiny example of Naples moving in a hipper direction.
1Get an early start with an uber-casual breakfast at Country House East, just outside downtown Naples. Count on solid comfort cooking and ample choices.
2Take the 30-minute drive south to Marco Island to board the Dolphin Explorer, a three-hour eco-tour that observes Southwest Florida's dolphin population and makes a beachcombing stop on one of the area's unspoiled barrier islands. Book in advance; there's a cruise at 9 am and also a 1 pm option if you are planning for a late Saturday night.
3Favorite Taqueria San Julian in East Naples. This is strictly no-frills, but it's authentic. Chipotle, habanero, and green tomatillo sauces accompany the fresh tortillas.