Spring break varies from college to college, but during the month of March, there's a good chance that kids from some college or university in the north are leaving their books behind for a week or two. And where do a lot of them end up? You guessed it: Florida! If the influx of spring break visitors make you want to get away, here are a few spring getaways near Naples, Florida that can help you survive the invasion!
Get Away Without Going Away
Sometimes the key to “getting away” is simply to stay in town, but to go where the locals go instead of hitting the beaches with thousands of your “closest” friends. You can catch a relaxing—but very special meal—at some of Naples’ best local restaurants—places most visitors don’t know about. Here are a few dining suggestions for Naples residents.
- USS Nemo Restaurant is one of Naples’ seafood-centric fine dining establishment standouts. You’ll love the tasteful underwater-themed décor. And USS Nemo serves up a variety of unique dishes with a hint of international flair. Of course, there is fare beyond fresh seafood—including grilled Colorado Lamb Porterhouse and braised Florida Wagyu Beef Brisket—and even vegetarian options.
- T-Michaels Steak and Lobster House is another local favorite that offers waterfront dining on picturesque Venetian Bay. They are known for serving the best surf and turf in town. It’s an upscale, relaxing escape from the typical tourist places and features an evolving wine list featuring high-end bottles from all around the world.
- C-Level Bistro and Bar is a local favorite nightspot located just north of town. Don’t let the location in a Bonita Springs strip mall fool you. This beautifully contemporary eatery is decorated in shades of blue and offers a nice variety of small plates that allow for lots of later evening sampling. They also sport an impressive wine list from a wide variety of producers.
- The Edgewater Beach Hotel Pool Bar is a great place for a fun nightcap in one of Florida’s top luxury hotels. Wrap up a casual evening with an incredible lineup of tropical drinks from Mai Tais to Pina Coladas, or simply sip a beer or a glass of wine while enjoying the sprawling view of seven miles of beach.
Be a Day Tripper
Sometimes you literally just want to get away. That doesn’t mean you have to go too far. Here are a few options within close driving range.
- Take a Day Trip to Matlacha
If you wonder what life was like in turn-of-the-century Florida a quick trip to the charm and laid-back lifestyle of the old fishing village of Matlacha will give you a taste. This small (there are fewer than 800 residents) waterfront community is home to fishermen and artists. Take a walking tour of the island's unique and eccentric homes, bars, galleries and gift shops, or explore the shocking pink palm trees, polka-dot dolphins, and eclectic homes, shops, galleries, and bars on your own.
- Visit the Museums, Gardens, and Historic Homes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
The last place partying spring break students want to do is educate themselves! That makes it easy to avoid them! The Edison & Ford Winter Estates let you explore nine historic buildings including Henry Ford’s home and Thomas Edison’s main house, guest house, caretaker’s house, the ahead of its time pool complex. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates also feature more than 20 acres of lush botanical gardens with more than 1,700 plants and one of the largest Banyan trees in the U.S. It may be only a day trip, but you’ll find much more than a day’s worth of fascinating history that comes to life.
There are plenty of ways to get away from the spring break crowds without having to go very far. And what’s nice is that after the tourists leave; you get to stay in this beautiful area!