Living in Naples is great for a lot of reasons. Of course, not everyone lives here year round. And for our friends and neighbors who join us for the winter season, getting here is not always half the fun. There are, however, some options for finding your way home to Naples for the winter season. Let’s look at 3 tips for traveling to and from Naples, Florida.
1. Flying into Naples:
Naples Municipal Airport in Florida bills itself as “the best little airport in the world.” It is serviced by a number of air charter carriers, including ExecAir, Naples Air, Naples Jet Center, Salt Island Sea Planes, and GulfCost Airways. Despite its small size, the airport has a U.S. customs office so that even if you happen to be coming in on an international flight you can land right in Naples itself. The airport is located just a few minutes from the heart of the city, and there are eight taxi companies in addition to seven rental car companies that operate at the airport. That makes getting home a breeze.
Another flight option is to fly into Bradenton Airport in Sarasota, FL, which is only 98 miles from Naples. There are six major airlines that service Bradenton (Air Canada, American, Delta, Elite, jetBlue, and United that offer non-stop service to and from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Halifax, New York, Newark, Portland (ME), Toronto, Washington, DC, and Westchester/White Plains.
2. Driving to Naples:
You may be one of the many Naples residents who spend the summers in the north. While some residents leave a car here for winter use, many of our winter residents drive their vehicles back and forth each year. What’s the best route to get here? While we have residents coming in from all over, we do tend to have an abundance of people coming in from the northern East Coast.
If you’re coming from New York, the general consensus is that taking Interstate 95 south to Jacksonville makes the most sense. Then you can cut West on I-10 until you head south on Highway 301 until just outside of Ocala, where you can jog over to Highway 93/I-75S, which will take you all the way to Golden Gate Parkway, which runs West into Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail).
3. Taking the Train:
If you’re tired of fighting traffic and getting jammed onto small seats on an airplane, taking the train from New York is another option. It’s a much more leisurely way to travel if you’re not in a rush and don’t have too much to take with you. And it’s surprisingly affordable, with tickets available in the range of $145.
No matter how you arrive, those of us who live here all year long are happy to have you back! And if you find that your Naples home needs some updating, we’d be more than delighted to help you with a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel, or anything else you want to do to make your Naples home more comfortable and convenient. Who knows—when spring rolls around, you may decide you’re so comfortable here that you won’t even need to choose between flying, driving, or the train. You just might just decide to stay permanently!