On the Northwestern corner of Olde Naples lies the former Naples Beach Resort, now known as The Naples Beach Club. This was one of the earliest hotels in Naples, a place the locals loved to go for drinks at sunset or to dance and party every Sunday. The old hotel and club itself have been replaced and rebranded as the Naples Beach Club. The "club" has 150 residences, a 216-room Four Seasons Hotel, a market square, and a golf course, still under construction (early 2023) and, with many developer changes, will be a new cornerstone for the downtown district.
The club is at the Gulf end of South Golf Drive (also known as 8th Avenue North). Golf Drive is so named because it runs along the southern boundary of the golf club of the original landmarks of Olde Naples Palm Cottage. Built around 1895, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is near the Naples Pier (the Pier was destroyed by Hurricane IAN, and is slated for a major rebuild). Naples zoning does not allow condos on the ocean south of the hotel.
As a result, there are only single-family homes on the beach south to the southern tip of Olde Naples and beyond Gordon Pass and Keewaydin Island. Some of these homes are massive mansions. Along Port Royal, some homes, depending on the square footage or location allow the owners to join the exclusive Port Royal Club. This club was a jewel and IAN took it's toll on the club that is being built again. The storm surge of IAN devastated parts of Olde Naples, the Hurricane was so slow-moving, unlike other storms which added to the surge effect.
Olde Naples is a charming combination of older beach cottages along with mansions resting peacefully graced by hundreds of tall coconut palms, and banyan trees. Its charm is in classic Florida architecture mixed with contemporary homes. Some newer mansions stand beside old "Florida" houses dating back to the early 20th century.
Every avenue, from Golf Drive on the north to 14th Avenue on the south, ends at the Gulf. Each of the avenues has little city parks with benches and favorite spots to watch the sunset. The neighborhoods south are Aqualane Shores and Port Royal, which are beautiful upscale communities dredged out of the mangroves in the 1950s and are therefore not "old" by any standards. Some of these estates are so massive that one has to eye a retake to ensure they are single-family homes.
Olde Naples was considered west of 41 in years past until the highway bends east and heads over to Miami as a continuation of the famous Tamiami Trail. But with the Gulfshore Playhouse construction, a new boutique hotel, Bayfront expansion and perhaps another Whole Foods --- Olde Naples is expanding
Tin City, a restored fishing village, is a local shopping venue on Gordon River that is in Olde Naples. Then for the short section of US-41 that heads west before the bridge over the Gordon River, everything south of 41 and west of the Gordon River is Olde Naples. People refer to "Olde Naples Florida" (notice the e added to old), and that is generally the area around the Naples Pier and Third Street South.
Cambier Park is a community park in the center of Olde Naples where free outdoor movies are shown during the year. The park also has playgrounds, a community building, and a theater auditorium. Travel down Fifth Avenue South from US-41 and make a left at the traffic light, this will take you to Third Street South, running along Aqualane Shores residential area. Third Street is another shopping and restaurant destination in Olde Naples. Third Street has a charm unto itself!!!
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