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Ways To Have Fun In The Florida Sunshine: Now It's Sports Tourism

Posted on Monday, April 06, 2015


(Fishing is a big part of the Naples tourism scene)

Tourism in one form or another shaped the early years of Naples with seasonal residents living along the beach by the pier with an early school and eventually the Watson family building the first hotel. Tourists would arrive by boat at the pier and settle in for a beautiful stay on the beach long before the train or the big roads connected Naples to the rest of the world.

Oh how tourism has grown the place. Now expected again to double in the next twenty five years to nearly 800,000 people Naples joins the rest of Florida as a growth engine in the American economy. In fact the Naples News reported Naples is one of the ten fastest growth areas in the United States. Please read their article at


(the beaches draw tourists by the thousands – why not you?)

Let’s talk about tourism a bit this morning. Beaches, never a freeze along the Gulf, golf, tennis, cycling, the world’s over fifty triathlon champ, the Naples Botanical Garden, The Naples Zoo, Artes – the symphonic hall and art destination, the Everglades, back country fishing, salt water fly fishing, deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, fantastic restaurants … you get the idea.

Too much to talk about in a single blog and the rising population and visitor data gives testament to the power of the attractions here.


(who doesn’t like the swamp buggy races for some local flavor?)

So instead, why don’t we focus on one piece of the tourism industry here in Naples … like sports tourism. I would be fine talking about swamp buggy racing. After all where else can you enjoy that sport in the nation AND surround yourself with something like Naples?  But for a broader appeal we have a lot of other sports drawing folks by the thousands.

The Naples News Reports sports tourism is on the rise in our county and neighboring Lee County. Read the full article at The Article goes on to say “Last year, sports tourism drew more than 56,000 visitors to Collier — and more than 158,000 to Lee, not including spring training for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. This year is expected to be even busier, with more events at play in Southwest Florida, from baseball to watercross (think souped up Jet Skis and high-speed races).” Pretty impressive.


(The dinosaur exhibit in the Naples Botanical Garden is drawing the tourists this year)

There is a lot going on here beyond beach life.  Get in touch with us and we will give you a whole host of things to do when you are here.

Why not pick up the phone and catch up with us and let us know how you are doing? Just give us a call at 239.595.3920 (Nan) or 239.595.3921 (Mark) or 239.285.2038 (David).

Please also consider reading our book “Understanding Naples Real Estate” to get you started on a real estate search or just give us a call about things to do here.

All the best,

Nan, Mark and David Goebel, PA’s
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