We Made the Move: 5 Things I Love About Naples

We now call Naples our home. Moving from Texas for my husband's job has been an adjustment. Naples has everything you could want with a small town feel. Here are five things I have grown to love since moving here.



The Beach

It has to be the first thing on the list. The water draws your eyes in with the different shades of blue and the gentle waves. Every time we go to the beach, we don't want to leave. It's a permanent vacation interrupted by work and school.

The Weather

Growing up in Texas, I'm used to the sweltering heat. Florida adds a little humidity, but we're alright with that. It helps with static in our hair. Winter is a dream. The days reached 60 degrees and the lows dipped down to 30 in January. Pleasant is an understatement.


Lush

In the mornings, the haze rises up from the ponds all around our house. It fills the field between us and the thick orange orchard. Beyond that is a dense forest of palms and pines. We live in a rainforest. Adventure calls to me through the fog, but I quickly remember that I have to make breakfast and send children off to school. By that time, the fog has lifted. One morning I will answer it's call.

The streets are lined with palms, magnolias, and pines. Trash knows better than to land on the streets. Communities beg you to look at the massive gates and ornate entrances. Mangroves line the beaches allowing you to hear the beach before seeing the beauty just on the other side. A tame, lush rainforest describes Naples best.

No Traffic

It may not be a romantic notion, but there is something wonderful about not dealing with traffic. Coming from a metro area such as DFW, I am blissfully aware of the ease of driving around Naples. Getting from one place to another is easy. Road construction and traffic jams are almost non-existent.

We heard horror stores about in-season. Since Naples is a tourist town, the winter months welcome an influx of northern visitors. I almost laughed, when winter rolled around. We were told to make reservations two months in advance for restaurants. Nope! We were told that the time needed to get around town would double. Nope! The locals have not lived in a metro area. I will take in-season over a metro traffic jam any day.


The Young Crowd

I have reached the age where I'm no longer bearing children and came to the realization that I'm not going to stay young forever. What age do you start using retinol? Why do I have to worry about wrinkles and acne at the same time? The routine of life shows on mommy's face, and then it dawns on me that I was the median age in our Texas town.

Not in Naples. The median age is 65! That's right. I just joined the young whipper-snapper club once again.

Finding friends and building a village is a little harder when most people are here only six months out of the year and have grown children. However, it has given me a different perspective on life. If you want a village you have to find it. It will not come looking for you.


Texas will always be our home, but Naples is proving to be a lovely place to live. Have you visited Naples? If so, what are your favorite spots?

Amanda

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