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If a sophisticated enclave bursting with fine art, symphonic concerts and high-end shopping is your cup of tea, book a room at an inn or a resort in Naples. A charming city on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples exudes stylishness.
Stroll beautiful pedestrian walks with shops, art galleries and restaurants. See row after row of palatial homes surrounded by tropical landscaping. The area is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, golf courses, fishing, boating, water sports and spectacular sunsets.
Naples has a humid (sub)tropical climate with warm conditions year-round though with some distinct seasons. Summers are from May to October when temperatures are mostly between 30 °C and 33 °C during the day and around 20-24 °C at night. This is also the wet season with 70% of the annual precipitation (1,300 mm) falling from June to September (around 200-250 mm a month). This precipitation usually comes in the form of short-lived afternoon thunderstorms, though you will see the occasionally gloomy, drizzling days. Also, the occasional hurricane can strike the area with massive destructions possible. November to April is by far a better time to visit, with days of 24-29 °C and nights in the 13-17 °C range. There is still a shower or two but with around 50 mm a month most of your days will be quiet, sunny and dry.
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), also known as Fort Myers International Airport, about 45 minutes north up Route 75, is the main gateway for Naples and the surrounding area, including Cape Coral and Fort Myers. It mainly has connections to other cities in the USA, but there are quite a few flights to Toronto and less so to Montreal and even Düsseldorf.
Driving is the easiest way to get around town as, except for a small downtown area, Naples is very spread out.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
Except for downtown Naples, in the 5th Avenue area, Naples is spread very wide and walking is not a very convenient means of travel, especially in the Naples heat.
If money is not an important issue when it comes to dining, Naples has a lot to offer. Many residents, after travelling to exotic places famous for their foods, are happy to return the quality and selection on offer in Naples. Naples also offers a reasonable selection for those of us on limited food budgets.
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The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are hundreds of big and small post offices in Albuquerque. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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