BEST HIDDEN TALENT

Collier County Sheriff’s Office

The fine men and women of CCSO have been on a roll lately with public relations campaigns that make us smile. Our favorite is “Car Pool Cruiser,” where host Lt. J.J. More...

BEST BASKETBALL UP-AND-COMERS

The men and women Eagles of FGCU

While they didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 as they did in 2013, the FGCU men’s basketball team made a valiant effort in the NCAA March Madness first round against the towering team of FSU, losing by a mere 6 points. More...

BEST OASIS WITHIN AN OASIS

Old Collier Golf Club

Imagine a spot that makes the outside world of Naples seem like a bourgeoisie garden club. More...

BEST SHOW Of UNITY

Shabat for Solidarity

During a recent national wave of anti-Semitic crime in the U.S., Neapolitans were shocked to join the list of communities grappling with hate crimes when Temple Shalom’s sign was shot in December. Never fear, though. More...

BEST BAKER’S DOZEN

Patty and Jay Baker

If you want to befriend Jay and Patty Baker, BEST known as the names behind such lovely local items as The Baker Museum at Artis—Naples, NHC Downtown Baker Hospital and the almost-ready-to-picnicin Baker Park (along the Gordon River), it’ More...

Let us entertain you

When it comes to leisure time, man cannot live on beaches and sunsets alone. More...

BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE EVERGLADES

Clyde Butcher’s Swamp Cottage

Sleep amongst the gators when you book a few nights at celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher’s house in the middle of the Everglades. Halfway between Miami and Naples on U.S. More...

BEST WATERfRONT SHOPPING AND DINING

Village on Venetian Bay

With 40 shops and boutiques, six waterfront restaurants and the only Ben & Jerry’s in town, the Village lines the waterfront of Venetian Bay with more shopping and dining than any other destination in Naples. More...

BEST FISH OUT OF WATER

Samantha Fish at Bonita Blues Fest

We were blown away by a few things at our firstever experience with Bonita Blues Fest back in mid- March. Even though it was the 11th annual festival, we’d never heard much about it. More...

BEST NEW HANGOUT FOR MILLENNIALS

Creekside Commons

Creekside Commons, the new shopping center at Immokalee and Goodlette-Frank roads in North Naples, is home to two hotspots for Millenials to indulge their hipster cravings in one location: Bone Hook Brewing Company for craft beer and Public House for More...

BEST TAKEOVER

Tesla pulls into Waterside Shops

There’s always room for another luxury car dealer in town and Tesla, the newest addition to Waterside Shops, took over Ann Taylor’s sweet spot so it can showcase its special brand of hipster luxury indoors. More...

BEST TALL TALES

Story Tellers of the Round Table

Art comes in many forms, and what’s more fundamental than a good story? More...

BEST INDOOR RANGE AND TRAINING CENTER

Alamo Range – Naples Indoor Gun Range and Sales Center

Shooters of all experience levels will find the Alamo has something special to offer. The range features the most advance air-filtration system available to the industry and is immaculately clean and well lit. More...

BEST PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND SAVE

Miromar Outlets

With more than 140 top designer and brand-name outlet stores, if you start at one end of Miromar Outlets and shop your way to the other, you can stretch your dollar approximately 2 miles — and save up to 70 percent off retail prices. More...

BEST CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Naples Zoo

Education is the heart of Naples Zoo’s mission, and the zoo provides an informative, educational and engaging family-oriented experience that inspires guests to respect and protect wildlife and nature. More...

BEST NEW EVENT SPACE

Venue Naples

What happens when one of the area’s most innovative and energetic chefs creates an event space that’s as flexible and inventive as he is? More...

BEST BET IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO BROADWAY

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Year after year, Broadway Palm brings home to Southwest Florida the crowd-pleasing shows and full-scale Broadway musicals generations of audiences adore. More...

BEST UNBEARABLE LIKENESS OF BEING NEAR A BEAR

FWC bear-wise videos

If your name is Boo-Boo, you’re probably pretty excited to have a bear wander into your neighborhood. But a quick check of the local tax rolls finds we are in short supply of Boo-Boos. More...

BEST DIVA FROM COLLIER TO CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Steffanie Pearce

Soprano Steffanie Pearce founded Opera Naples 10 years ago, then three years ago created Gulfshore Opera. More...

BEST OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Mercato

It’s all happening this summer at Mercato. As the snowbirds fly away and the sun gets hotter, the locals come out to play. More...

BEST COLLECTION OF ISLAND VACATION PROPERTIES

Marco Escapes

Living up to its claim of being Marco Island’s leading luxury brand, Marco Escapes delivers only the finest vacation home and condo accommodations on Marco Island and in the greater Naples area. More...

BEST WATERFRONT EXPERIENCE

Lani Kai Island Resort

Open 365 days a year, the Lani Kai is a top Fort Myers Beach destination and the perfect beach vacation in Southwest Florida. Within walking distance of all of Fort Myers Beach’s BEST attractions, the Lani Kai is in the heart of it all. More...

BEST PLACE TO REVITALIZE

Shangri-La Springs

Built in 1921, this legendary property in downtown Bonita Springs is the hidden treasure of Southwest Florida. Nestled among a lush botanical garden, the resort restaurant sources its food from the property’s certified organic gardens. More...

BEST PLACE TO GET LOST AT SEA

Naples Nantucket Yacht Group

Those who travel to Southwest Florida to escape the cold winters up north and those who have chosen to call this place their year-round home all share the common passion for our greatest attraction: the picturesque Gulf waters. Capt. More...

BEST WAY TO GO WHERE OTHERS CAN’T

Ten Thousand Islands jet ski tour

Collier County has a backyard like none other in the entire world. The magical Ten Thousand Islands sprawl languid in warm sun and salt water, inviting exploration. More...

BEST CANDID CAMERA

Corkscrew boardwalk panther

While walking the boardwalk at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary last spring, visitor Tina Dorschel had her camera out when a full-grown Florida panther trotted into view and skidded directly past her in fright. More...

BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT

Top town for the holidays

Thanks, Coastal Living, for naming Naples one of “America’s 10 BEST Beach Towns for Christmas.” We Neapolitans are naturally festive (you should see how we do St. More...

BEST $25 EVER SPENT

“World Class Cash” scratch-off ticket

Josh Reyes of Naples made the most out of the new Florida Lottery scratch-off game “World Class Cash” by turning the $25 ticket into a million-dollar prize. Mr. More...

BEST KNOW-IT-ALL

Tim Aten, Naples Daily News

It doesn’t hurt us at all to admit that Tim Aten, the Naples Daily News writer who oversees the paper’s “In The Know” column, might really know everything happening in Naples right now. And tomorrow and the next day. More...

BEST BIKE SERVICE

Valet your cruiser or 10-speed

Neapolitans love cycling, but using it for actual transportation rather than fitness provides a simple challenge: where to stash it at downtown events. More...

BEST HIDDEN PARKING

The garage off Broad Street

Naples is great for many reasons, but parking is not one of them. More...

BEST NEW COLLEGE CLASS

Florida Man at FGCU

It was bound to happen what with all the weird stories about Florida men doing incredibly odd things. More...

BEST WAY TO MAKE A SPLASH

Port of Naples Marina

Naples Bay is one of Naples’ greatest attractions, and Port of Naples Marina has all the options for enjoying the water to its fullest. More...

BEST PLACE TO EXPLORE THE HISTORY Of COLLIER COUNTY

Collier County Museums

Collier County Museums offer five locations where you can explore more than a million years of Southwest Florida history: Naples, Everglades City, Immokalee, Naples Depot and Marco Island. More...

BEST THEATER TO RECLINE, WINE AND DINE

Paragon Theaters

Paragon Theaters is the BEST place to recline and unwind, whether you are watching the latest blockbuster, the MET Opera Live in HD or the next big award-winner. More...

BEST AND COOLEST NEW CATS

Clouded leopards at The Naples Zoo

They met at The Naples Zoo last fall, and there’s hope sparks will fly! More...

BEST PIANO CONCERT SERIES, IN- OR OFF-SEASON

The Grand Piano Series

The Grand Piano Series, founded by Milana Strezeva and Raniero Tazzi of EuroPianos Naples, has been a jealously well-kept secret among local concertgoers. Why? More...

BEST PLACE fOR GLAMOR AND GOOD TIMES

Third Street South

Everything that calls people to Southwest Florida is nestled among Third Street South’s historic courtyards and plazas. To take a leisurely stroll past charming beach cottages and the Naples Pier is to rediscover why you live in Naples. More...

BEST PLACE FOR INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION

The FGCU Renaissance Academy

They say intelligent conversation is in the eye of the beholder … Oh wait, maybe they don’t. More...

BEST PLACE FOR A DOLPHIN-INFUSED SUNSET

The Sweet Liberty catamaran

Southwest Florida has long been known for its prestigious waterways enjoyed year round by locals and visitors alike. Everyone can agree that life on the water is a great escape from day-to-day life back on land. More...

BEST BEACH BAR NOT ON THE BEACH

The Island Gypsy

For a coastal destination, it’s a bit surprising we don’t have more beachside dining options, but it’s okay. We have Island Gypsy Café & Marina Bar on Isle of Capri. More...

BEST EVENT DESTINATION IN THE HEART Of NAPLES

Naples Princess

Impress your guests when you invite them aboard the 105-foot, three-level luxury yacht, the Naples Princess. Enjoy the wonderful southern Florida sun on our upper-level sundeck or relax inside the climatecontrolled comfort of our interior salons. More...

BEST DEATH BED SCENE

“Outside Mullingar”

The intimate deathbed scene between father and son in The Naples Players’ production of “Outside Mullingar” brought tears to everyone’s eyes as the two said everything you’d want to say to a parent or child so there&rsqu More...

BEST DOUBLE BILLING

My Fair Ladies

Two theater companies, just blocks from each other, put on individual productions of “My Fair Lady” this season. More...

BEST ARENA WEST Of I-75

Florida SouthWestern State College

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena opened its doors to the public on Nov. 29, 2016. While serving as the new home of the FSW Buccaneers basketball and volleyball teams, the stunning 75,000-square-foot arena is also a gathering spot for students. More...

BEST ART CENTER YOU’VE NEVER VISITED

Marco Island Center for the Arts

Nestled in a tree-shaded campus, the Marco Island Center for the Arts is a colorful “secret” site that’s generously supported and visited by art lovers from Everglades City to Fort Myers. More...

BEST VALUE ‘FORE’ A PRIVATE GOLF CLUB

Quail Village Golf Club

Quail Village Golf Club is a private golf club known for its friendliness and exceptional value since 1985. It’s a rarity among golf clubs, with no initiation fee and annual dues under $5,000 (even less if you are single or under age 63). More...

BEST GOLD, SILVER, DIAMOND JEWELRY AND RARE COIN EXCHANGE

Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry

A respected Florida institution since 1975, Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry buys, sells, appraises and auctions rare coins, fine jewelry, diamonds, watches and high-end collectibles. More...

BEST NEW STAGE DIRECTION

Bryce Alexander

When Dallas Dunnagan retired after 16 years as artistic director at The Naples Players, there were big shoes to fill. Denver native Bryce Alexander accepted the challenge last fall, moving from the snow to the sand. Mr. More...

BEST ACTRESS

Sofia Jean Gomez

Sofia Jean Gomez won you over the very minute she stepped on stage as Portia in Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” It was easy to see why she had so many suitors trying to win her hand: More...