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NAPLES, FLORIDA LIFESTYLE

    When you first visit Naples, Florida you are drawn to the beauty found in the warm welcoming breezes, the swaying palm trees, the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and the perfectly landscaped streets that meander through the city. 

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    After staying in Naples, Florida for awhile, you realize that this picturesque city isn’t just a sight to behold, but a place where you can kick up your feet, indulge in the finer things in life, and discover the carefree lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

    It’s why Naples has drawn so many residents and visitors, and why it has been named the happiest, healthiest place to live in the United States by the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being. This study brought to light that residents of our Florida west coast paradise have the lowest levels of stress in the country, report little depression, and eat healthy on a daily basis. Many of the residents interviewed like their daily activities, enjoy an intellectually lively culture, and learn or do something interesting every day.

     

    Why Naples, Florida? 

    Once you spend some time in our slice of paradise, you’ll realize that this love affair with Naples is about so many things -  the miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches, the abundance of championship golf courses, the delicious and innovative dining options, the variety of shopping destinations, the diversity of arts and entertainment, and so much more.  Learn about what draws visitors from all over the world to our beautiful city by delving into why you should choose Naples, Florida as your home. 

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    Weather in Naples, Florida

    It’s no surprise that many of our residents hail from a state or country further north of our Sunshine State.  They arrive from areas that are covered in snow and bring along memories of everything living in snow entails, such as shoveling snow-covered driveways, scraping ice from the car windshield, driving down scary roads layered with ice, and possibly being confined to the inside for days on end and getting bouts of cabin fever as the inches of snow increase.  A northern winter is what allowed Naples to even get on the map, as we have our roots ingrained in the winter retreat history of Naples FL.

    The draw to Southwest Florida is that we experience warmer temperatures all year round, even in the winter.  You won’t see a drop of snow, unless you consider our “Florida snow,” which is just the Richardia grandiflora flower that may sprout on our lawns in the fall and winter.  On average, our winters are short, windy, and extremely comfortable, with temperatures rarely reaching below 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual temperatures coming from U.S. Climate Date range from 56 degrees Fahrenheit to 89 degrees Fahrenheit, and rarely reach above 92 degrees Fahrenheit.  

    When you spend your summer in Naples FL, you’ll enjoy warmer temperatures and peak times to visit our local attractions, since the summer brings fewer tourists and summer specials to both locals and visitors so they can thoroughly enjoy the beaches, restaurants, and more as they soak in the Florida lifestyle.

     

    Naples Beaches

    Our beautiful weather bodes well with the white sandy beaches stretching along more than 10 miles of coastline.  The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap gently on the sand as the palm trees wave carelessly with the breeze. Residents and visitors can take part in collecting sea shells, paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, sunbathing, and so much more.  Many of our beaches have been recognized as the best in the area, and each has its own highlight to attract those with specific interests.

     

    Lowdermilk Park

    Lowdermilk Park is a popular beachfront park that draws residents and visitors wanting to enjoy a family-friendly area with a duck pond, two children’s playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, a concession stand, restrooms, and outdoor showers.

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    Tigertail Beach
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    If you seek a more natural beach with opportunities to catch wildlife in their natural habitat, Tigertail Beach is the place for you.  Located a little further south in Marco Island, Tigertail Beach has been listed as one of the best birding sites in Southwest Florida by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Guests can get comfortable as they watch for pelicans, bald eagles, falcons, osprey, Wilson’s, piping and snowy plovers, least terns, roseate spoonbills, and red knots.

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    Delnor Wiggins State Park

    Although all of our Naples beaches feature beautiful white sand, Delnor Wiggins State Park is known for being a pristine stretch of beach where you can take part in outdoor activities, watch shorebirds and wildlife in their natural habitat, and pick a spot for a day of fishing.  This beach is separated from the city by tidal creeks and mangroves to create a cozy and natural place to relax the day away.

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    Clam Pass Park

    Take a walk on the three-quarter-mile boardwalk surrounded by lush forest of salt-tolerant red, white, and black mangroves before heading to Clam Pass Park.  Some visitors head to this beach for a quiet nature walk where they can see different wildlife species and be surrounded by nature, while others enjoy the walk only to get to the oasis of beach at the end.  If you are not much for walking along the boardwalk, there is a tram available to allow you to get to the beach quicker.

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    Barefoot Beach

    A one-mile nature trail, showers, picnic area, and concession stand can be found in the 342 acres of natural land at Barefoot Beach.  This area is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast and visitors can enjoy the lush surroundings, learn about the animal species that can be found here from the Parks Rangers, or just enjoy a nice day on the beach.

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    Take a walk along the historic Naples Pier located at the west end of 12th Avenue South at Naples Beach. This boardwalk stretches 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and features prime spots for watching a pod of dolphins gracefully jumping in and out of the water, taking in the sight of birds soaring through the sky, and relaxing with a fishing pole in your hand or watching as other pier visitors bring in their catch of the day.  The best time to walk to the end of the Naples Pier is at sunrise or sunset when the sun welcomes the day at dawn or bids us farewell at dusk.

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    Top Golf Courses in Naples

    Self-titled the “Golf Capital of the World”, Naples has ranked number one nationally for its abundance of golf holes, having 1,530 holes for a population of 324,424 according to the Golf Facilities in a report by the National Golf Foundation.  The area has more than 90 championship golf courses, most of which are private and housed within luxury golf communities in the area.  These communities provide beautiful backdrops of lush, natural scenery, meandering fairways, or breathtaking water views from a course certified by Audubon International and designed by world-renowned golf course architects, such as Tom Fazio.

    As a popular luxury amenity in Naples, many of our residents enjoy a gorgeous day out on the course to relax, reinvigorate, and keep their heart and lungs healthy.  A study done by the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver found that, on average, a golfer burns 721 calories carrying a bag, 718 calories pushing a cart, 613 calories using a caddy, and 411 calories riding in a cart while playing nine holes of golf.  This workout lowers your risk of heart disease and decreases “bad” cholesterol by increasing blood flow and lowering your levels of stress.

    Golf is also a social game, bringing together colleagues and friends for a nice round of golf on a beautiful Florida day.  You may also find that you’ll meet new friends on the course or while grabbing a bite to eat at the clubhouse after your game.

    The abundance of challenging championship golf courses in Naples, allows golfers to play and practice their way to health and happiness, and a private golf membership will allow you to try every angle on your swing as many times as you would like until you find the perfect pitch or full-swing with more tee-time availability and access to great practice facilities.  A golf membership will also allow you to take part in the luxury amenities associated with a country club membership, including access to an elegant clubhouse, fine and casual dining, and a calendar of activities designed by a professional staff.

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    NAPLES RESTAURANTS 

    Our slice of paradise isn’t just known for its weather and scenery, but for its culinary fare as well. Casual and fine dining opportunities abound in our melting pot of flavors and ingredients, offering an indulgence for every tastebud and a drink for every palate.  

    Fine Dining in Naples, Florida

    Fine dining can be found in many areas of our city, including the hot spots of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South, along the stretch of road on Tamiami Trail, and in premier shopping malls.


    Sea Salt

    One of our favorite restaurants in Naples is Sea Salt on Fifth Avenue South with its warm and welcoming atmosphere and delicious spread of modern seafood dishes with global salts and spices.

    M Waterfront Grille

    M Waterfront Grille in The Village Shops on Venetian Bay is another mouth-watering option famous for its New England-style steaks and seafood.  Previously known as Maxwell’s on the Bay, M Waterfront Grille features cutting edge continental cuisine with sensational views of Venetian Bay.

    Osteria Tulia

    If Italian fare is your desire, Osteria Tulia has the perfect rustic Italian cuisine prepared using authentic dishes of Chef Vincenzo’s childhood in a restored Italian farmhouse to add to the authenticity of your dining experience.

     

    Healthy Dining Options in Naples, Florida

    As previously mentioned, Naples is the happiest and healthiest city in the U.S., which means we take pride in eating right and staying healthy.  Many of our local and diverse restaurants feature healthy dining options that reflect that mission with fresh and organic ingredients, superior cooking methods, and carefully crafted recipes.


    Food & Thought

    Food and Thought is a 100% organic cafe and juice bar that is a favorite among locals.  Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or you’re eating on-the-go or dining in their quaint courtyard, you’ll savor each bite of of their certified organic meals and snacks.  Food and Thought is more than a cafe, it’s a welcoming experience in peaceful nourishment.


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    Fit and Fuel Cafe isn’t your average cafe.  Serving healthy, organic choices and locally-roasted Panther Coffee, this small restaurant is the perfect place to grab a yummy sandwich or salad for lunch on-the-go or enjoy hot coffee made with green coffee beans and a pastry baked fresh every day.


    Jane’s Garden Cafe on 3rd

    Jane’s Garden Cafe on 3rd is a story about a husband and wife that wanted to encourage healthy living and dining.  They opened Jane’s in 2005 and have offered the freshest products and reasonably-sized portions ever since.  With weekly specials and food specifically created for young health enthusiasts, Jane’s is a family-friendly cafe with breakfast and lunch options that hit the spot.

     

    The Best Spots for Happy Hour in Naples, Florida

    Socializing after a long day of work or just taking advantage of great food and drink specials, many people find Happy Hour to be a desirable time to unwind and enjoy themselves among friends and colleagues.  The list of restaurants that feature Happy Hour in Naples, Florida are always sure to highlight their specials, but there are always a few favorites that bring in a crowd.


    The Wine Loft

    The Wine Loft is exactly what you would expect it to be, an upscale wine bar with a plethora of wines from which to choose and tapas to enjoy.  Expect to have your pick of a variety of wines of $5 a glass during their daily Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm, as well as $5 premium wells and small plates, like their flatbreads and mini Kearney sliders.  The Wine Loft is located at 9118 Strada Place Suite 8150 in Naples, Florida.


    7th Avenue Social

    Located at 849 Seventh Ave. S. in Downtown Naples, 7th Avenue Social offers modern Southern dishes featuring menu items from local farmers, artisans, and suppliers. Menu items change form week to week, but they are always the freshest South Florida as to offer. Happy Hour is 3pm to 6pm every day with handcrafted drinks, craft beer, and small plates served at a discounted price.  Florida drafts, house wines, and well cocktails are $5, while domestic beer is $2.50.


    Seasons 52

    Located at 8930 Tamiami Trail N., Seasons 52 offers a seasonally-inspired menu to give you ingredients at the peak of their season.  Happy Hour is available Monday trough Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm with chef-inspired $5 small plates (including items like Seared Handline Ahi Tuna and Grilled Chicken Yakitori Skewers), signature cocktails, and select wines by the glass.


    Farmers Markets in Naples, Florida

    Residents and visitors can also try their hand at culinary excellence by stopping by one of the any Farmers Markets in Naples, Florida to pick up fresh ingredients and maybe a cookbook or two to wow their families and friends with a delicious homemade meal. Our Farmers Markets are also a great place to find unique gifts, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves in terms of our shopping destinations.

     

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    Shopping in Naples, Florida

    The Florida lifestyle isn’t complete without some retail therapy and Naples, has that in abundance with premier shopping malls, luxe boutiques, and cozy shops.  You’ll find we have everything you will need, from designer fashions and exquisite jewelry to hand-crafted baubles and beachwear in some of our favorite places for shopping in Naples.

    Fifth Avenue South

    Fifth Avenue South in beautiful Downtown Naples features fashion boutique shops, antique stores, art galleries, home furnishing and design showrooms, gift stores, and so much more.  You can spend the day shopping and stop to have some lunch or a quick cup of coffee in one of our signature cafes.

    Third Street South

    Third Street South in Old Naples is also a top spot for shopping with chic high fashion for day and night, relaxed casual clothes, shoes for style or comfort, handbags and purses, lush shawls of taffeta or fine silks and cashmeres, glamorous sunglasses, hats, perfumes and cosmetics, and other alluring accessories of every description and style.  The street is also known for its beautiful courtyards, antique fountains, lush colorful flowers, and green landscaping.

    Venetian Village

    Venetian Village is a shopping destination with more than 45 waterfront shops and waterside restaurants known for personalized customer service and the best shopping in Naples, Florida for ladies, men, and children.  The Village Shops on Venetian Bay carry casual and elegant stylings, children’s apparel, dazzling jewels, exquisite art galleries, and gifts for the home.

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    Exploring Nature in Naples, Florida

    Studies looking into the benefits of living in a green space or blue space have stated that individuals who live near one or the other have better mental and physical health outcomes. In Naples, our residents get the best of both worlds by being able to live near both lush greenery and blue waters, ideally also taking in the benefits of both.  Our favorite places to explore nature in Naples, Florida are too long to list, but there are a few that serve as examples of the variety of natural attractions available in our city.

    Everglades National Park

    The most obvious is the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, but we also have many organizations, groups, and protected areas dedicated to protecting our natural environment.  These include the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand State Forest, Conservancy of SW Florida, and the Naples Botanical Gardens, which all protect the environments in which they are located.

    Freedom Park & Gordon River Greenway

    Some of our beaches also serve as state and local parks dedicated to preserving their natural surroundings and other state and local parks, such as Freedom Park and Gordon River Greenway provide boardwalks on which to take a stroll and observe nature.

    Collier-Seminole State Park & Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

    If you seek a more natural walk through nature, Collier-Seminole State Park and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park offer walking and biking trails to see the different species of plants and animals.

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    Naples Arts, Entertainment, and Culture

    Your right brain is probably keen on discovering the different forms of art, culture, and entertainment available on our Florida coast, and we have plenty to offer.  Naples is ripe with things to do from enjoying a variety of festivals, such as the Mercato Spring Fling & Food Festival, Taste of Collier, Naples International Film Festival, Florida Panther Festival, and so much more, to the many art galleries and museums that call Naples their home.  You can watch a play, listen to live music, or admire beautiful artwork in places like the Naples Players, Opera Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse, or Artis-Naples, among many other entertainment venues.  The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce says there are 58 non-profit arts groups and cultural destinations in Collier County alone and more than 75 art galleries and artist studios. More than 1,000 arts and cultural events are scheduled every year and most of them are complimentary, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of local, regional, and national artists and musicians year round.

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    A Brief History of Naples, Florida

    Naples is a magnificent city where people come to see the beauty and luxury portrayed in everything we see and do, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Rooted in the deep history of Naples, Florida is the humble beginning of a swampy terrain that most people were too ill-prepared to enter.

    Thousands of years ago, early Native Americans were the only ones that could tough out the hot, humid, and swampy conditions of Florida land.  By the 1500’s, the Spanish came to claim the land for their own, taking up residency alongside the trails forged by the Native Americans, which provided easy access to water and game.  For nearly 300 years, the Spanish settled in the area, but when Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821, cattlemen, ranchers, farmers, and fishermen moved in to further develop the area.

    Businessmen from northern Florida and other states began selling plots of land for $10 to increase the number of visitors to the area and businesses started sprouting to accommodate the new residents.  Many of the visitors chose to stay in Naples, Florida during the winter, when the temperatures were much more tolerable - remember, air conditioning wasn’t available then - and our city began to grow and develop slowly, but surely.  This was facilitated with the investments of Ed Crayton, a successful land developer from St. Petersburg, who visited Naples and purchased all of the Haldeman’s property - minus his residence - in the early 1900s. Ed and Lindsey Crayton made several changes to Naples, including bringing electricity to the town in 1926, the Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1927, and the completion of the Tamiami Trail (more on that later).

    The real growth for Naples, Florida began with Barron Collier, a self-made advertising millionaire, who also made several investments in Naples, Florida in the early 1900s. At that time, there wasn’t a connecting road from the east coast of Florida to the southwest coast and the state of Florida didn’t have the funds to cover the construction.  Barron Collier stepped in to finance the project and, in 1923, construction began on Tamiami Trail. As a thank you, the state of Florida carved out Collier County from the south end of Lee County. Tamiami Trail would take 13 years, $8 million dollars, and some help from Ed and Lindsey Crayton to build, but it opened Naples, Florida and the rest of Southwest Florida to the many people that would later discover our paradise coast.

    During World War II, Naples experienced its first real boom with the creation of the U.S. Army Field (to be given back to Naples in 1947 and called the Naples America Airport and then the Naples Municipal Airport in current time) for flight training.  Hundreds of men were assigned to the base and, after the war, many of those veterans returned to Naples to purchase houses, build businesses, and make Naples, Florida their home. Thus began our continued growth towards the popular winter destination we have become.

    Naples Community Options

    The Florida lifestyle begins with a beautiful city, but extends to the community in which our residents choose to live.  Our luxury home communities boast many luxury amenities that draw inspiration from and accentuate the Florida lifestyle. Depending on what the Florida lifestyle means to you, there is a luxury home community that is ideal.  

    Here are five steps you can take to find your perfect community:

    1. Get started with a list of must-haves and would-like-to-haves to determine where your neighborhood priorities lie.

    2. Think about the places you will want to go that are outside of your neighborhood, so that you can choose a community that is close to them.

    3. Narrow down your needs to one area with a group of neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle.

    4. Take a trip to that area so you can see if these neighborhoods are just as good in person as they are on paper.

    5. Make your choice after gathering and comparing all of the information on each of your top neighborhood options.

    Download our brochure to begin gathering information on Mediterra and see if it makes your list.  If you are not sure which community will work best for your lifestyle, delve into the different Naples community options to get more information.

     

    Gated/Golf Course Community

    The Naples lifestyle doesn’t necessarily have to be a golf lifestyle, but the benefits of living in a golf community will elevate your luxury living.  Golf courses need to be kept in pristine condition and homeowners' associations (HOAs) are put in place to maintain the look and feel of not just the golf course, but the community as a whole.  Well-maintained landscape and a common architectural and design theme will create continuity and a clean aesthetic to uphold the level of luxury you come to expect from a private club community.

    Privacy extends to the community’s clubhouse, which are always a convenient place to gather with fellow residents and friends for great food, refreshing drinks, and a plethora of activities. Aside from those benefits, gated, private communities all offer a long list of luxury amenities to keep you entertained and active.  Golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball, pools, fitness centers, walking trails, and beach resort living are just a few of the luxury amenities you can expect from a private community. Plus, with a golf membership, you’ll get to play golf whenever you want and enjoy reciprocal relationships with other clubs in the area.

    You will also find that homes located on or near a golf course in a gated community are luxury homes, with architectural and design details that match your luxury living lifestyle.  These custom homes are typically built by a respectable luxury home builder to ensure you receive a home that meets your high quality standards.

     

    Beach Resort Living Community

    Naples, Florida is also ideal if you seek beach resort living for your lifestyle.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the beach with a good book and a cool drink, or taking a walk along the shoreline?  Our Naples beach communities provide a good opportunity to enjoy a private shoreline as part of your country club community lifestyle.  This type of luxury community offers everything residents need to enjoy a beautiful day on the beach, from umbrellas and chairs to dining and sunbathing with a gorgeous view from the sand and the club.

     

    Waterfront Condos Community

    Waterfront condos provide a different type of lifestyle, although they include the same level of luxury a single-family home or villa home contain.  With condo living, condo associations are put in place to maintain the property, keep it clean, and keep the residents happy. You won’t have to worry about building maintenance or lawn care, so you can focus on living your Florida lifestyle as you like with gorgeous waterfront views from your balcony or screened lanai.  Luxury home communities with waterfront views are available on many of Naples beaches, but you can also have waterfront views in luxury home communities with sparkling lakes.

     

    Retirement/Senior Living Communities

    There’s a certain appeal to the Naples lifestyle when it is paired with a retirement lifestyle.  If you’ve spent your whole life working hard and have decided it is time to sit back and enjoy the benefits of living job-free, then you may want to consider choosing a retirement community so you can enjoy all of the wonderful things to which you will have access when you are living the Florida lifestyle.

    Naples was ranked as the number one place to retire in Florida, the South, and across the country, according to Smart Asset, a New York financial services company.  The study pulled government data to rate U.S. cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care, which it defined as "factors that affect quality of life for retirees.”  

    With that in mind, retirees have a carefree lifestyle where they can enjoy master-planned golf, retirement, and active adult gated communities in Naples, Florida designed around their needs.  There is also a growing list of assisted living facilities in Naples for residents that may want additional help.

    Naples Housing Styles Suited for the Florida Lifestyle

    Condos, villa homes, single-family homes, or any other type of home can all be adjusted to suit your Naples lifestyle with just a few tweaks to the overall architectural and design.  If you’ve decided to move to Naples, Florida then you are prepared to enjoy a sunny, active, and carefree lifestyle, so why limit yourself when it comes to your home?

    Florida homes have a way of focusing on outdoor living to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we experience year-round.  Expansive and well-suited for any backyard soiree, our outdoor living spaces allow us to soak in the sun and feel the breezes on lounge chairs or seating areas, swim a few laps in a custom pool, ease sore muscles by moonlight in a custom spa, and dine al fresco with your outdoor kitchen and dining space.  For those nights when the temperatures drop and you want to feel cozy, you can snuggle up next to a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. A true Naples lifestyle incorporates all of these things, as well as a picturesque view to use as the perfect backdrop.

    As far as the architecture and design of your home’s interior, Naples homes tend to feature expansive windows and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that let in just enough natural light to brighten up your home and include low-e glass to reduce heat transfer and optimize A/C efficiency.  You can also design your custom home for the Naples lifestyle by choosing coastal living design inspirations, like a palette of blues, greens, and tans, tasteful nautical-inspired accessories, and soft fabrics and textures.

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    Why Mediterra

    There are many reasons so many have chosen Mediterra as their luxury home community in Naples.  Maybe it’s the lush beauty styled from the Mediterranean region of Europe or the 1,700 lush acres with 1,000 acres of preserves and lakes dotted with no more than 950 luxury homes.  Maybe it’s the plethora of luxury amenities to inspire an active and healthy lifestyle or the care taken by our professional staff to ensure you have everything you need.  Maybe it’s just the fact that we know your home is just the start of your Naples lifestyle and your luxury home community should reflect that in its design, which is why we offer a growing list of luxury amenities to ensure you continue living the life you’ve always dreamed of.  Choose your favorite luxury amenity among the many offered at The Club at Mediterra and you can choose your unique lifestyle:

     
     


    Newly-Renovated Clubhouse

    Mediterra’s European-Chic style clubhouse is a favored gathering place, where you will find casual and fine dining options.  Every member of our expert staff strives to recognize every resident by name and will also remember your favorite type of wine or cocktail.  Our food is prepared by a staff of award-winning culinary experts with a wide range of tastes to please every palate. The Tavern at Mediterra offers casual dining with gourmet brick-oven pizzas, seasonal salads, and grilled entrees by a popular outdoor open-air terrace with fire pits that overlooks the 18th hole of the community’s two Fazio-designed championship golf courses.  The Grille Room offers usual, fine, and healthy cuisine ranging from delicious soups and seasonal salads to exquisite gourmet sandwiches and first-class entrees.  The Club’s staff not only offers an exquisite dining experience, but also offers a full calendar of events with a regular schedule of unique activities to boost resident camaraderie.

    The initial phase of a two-phase expansion for the Club at Mediterra, which will provide an additional 24,000 square feet, has been completed, with the second phase and a 7,000-square-foot renovation of existing space planned for 2019 – undertaken without a member assessment.  Upon completion in Fall 2019, the Club at Mediterra will feature nearly 60,000 square feet.

    This expansion and renovation project has allowed for The Tavern terrace to double in size (adding 1,400 square feet) to accommodate members and allows for seating near the golf course to enhance the golf and sunset views during your meal.  A permanent roof featuring a clerestory element that allows natural sunlight to illuminate the space has also been added to replace the previous awning and The Club at Mediterra has also added new, more efficient wind/rain/bug/sun screens between the columns on the newly expanded perimeter.  Ceiling fans, radiant heaters, and recessed can lights, contribute to a more enjoyable, all-weather outdoor dining experience, and at sunset, members bask in the glow of the sun as it dips below the horizon. They then continue enjoying their meal with the warm glow from the coach lamps on the piers and the table fire bowls which are visible from all seats in the new expanded outdoor bar and fire pit area.  

    A new 1,850 square-foot outdoor covered bar terrace provides members with expansive views of Mediterra’s two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses. The bar has a permanent roof, 70 seats, 23 bar stools, and over-bar mounted televisions for a true sports bar feel right in the luxury home community.  From the bar, residents have direct access to a new 680 square-foot outdoor covered grille terrace and the expanded outdoor tavern.

    A new west-facing dedicated fire pit sits adjacent to the outdoor covered bar terrace and allows residents to enjoy stunning golf course views, as well as picturesque sunsets with rich greenery framing the sun’s colorful evening rays. This new Fire Pit Terrace was designed to sit lower than the current outdoor terrace to create a more intimate space and features two water features on either side of the centrally located fire pit to add to the relaxed, carefree feel. The Fire Pit Terrace will accommodate 66 members with soft seating.

    The second phase of the expansion and renovation will include an enlarged Ballroom to accommodate approximately 50-60 additional guests.  This phase will also see the addition of a Sun Room and Garden Room to allow residents to enjoy additional dining and lifestyle events. These additional rooms can be used individually or they can be combined with the Ballroom for an expansive entertainment venue.  The French doors on either side of the Clerestory Tower in the Ballroom will open up to the evening breeze in the open air terrace overlooking the golf course.

     

    Sports Club

    Aside from pleasing your palate, the Club at Mediterra also facilitates an active and healthy lifestyle through many aspects of our programs, including the Sports Club where you can take part in more than 30 classes per week, enjoy a variety of programs, utilize state-of-the-art equipment, get your questions answered by a friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff, and enjoy the companionship of nearly 300 participating members.  Stretch and tone with a relaxing yoga class, get your heart rate up with an invigorating Zumba class, or refine your skills during one of the Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf specific programs. Members can also take part in Crossfit, Spinning, or even a Beginning Fitness class for those just starting out on their exercise regime.  

     

    Top-Rated Tennis

    The Sports Club also offers a top-rated tennis program that was recognized by the U.S. Tennis Association as being an Outstanding Private Facility.  It features seven Har-Tru tennis courts, the two-court Tennis Colosseum, and a rounded court. The courts are framed by flowered terraces with brick walls, ornamental landscaping, a pergola, ivy-covered walls, and lighting and grass-tiered stadium seating for up to 500 spectators.  Led by Director of Tennis, Michael Baldwin, Mediterra’s growing tennis program includes a host of educational and conditioning programs, from cardio tennis and daily clinics to league and club championship tournaments for advanced players. 

    Our luxury home community also features unique luxury amenities that can help you choose your active Florida lifestyle. The Club at Mediterra’s Bocce program began in 2010 and has grown to more than 700 members, providing a hub which connects sports and golf members in a fun, social atmosphere.  Mediterra members of all skill levels take part in Bocce with the use of the luxury golf community’s beautiful, nationally recognized ‘Bocce Garden’ facility, set beside the Sports Club.  The Bocce Garden provides the perfect setting to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on the two ‘Har Tru’ sub-surface irrigated courts built by famed court designer Tony Ritzman, but is lit for night play until 10:00 pm.  The sport is so popular that Mediterra has Mixed, Men’s, and Women’s leagues for tournament play.

    In addition to Bocce courts and tournaments, The Club at Mediterra installed three Pickleball courts with a highly forgiving Laykold masters’ gel surface to continue their trend of featuring fun and popular sports to their residents.  The Bocce Fall Open Play event offered members an introduction to the new Pickleball program, another unique amenity not typically found in new home communities.

    The luxury amenities designed to keep your heart healthy and happy may be why Mediterra was recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, ranking it among the top 10 percent of private clubs for its commitment to fitness and wellness for members and staff.

     

    Championship Golf

    Residents can also work up a sweat on the two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses.  These courses were designed to blend in with the nature preserves, lakes, and wetlands surrounding them, making them challenging, rewarding, and breathtakingly beautiful.  This may be why Golf Digest named them one of the 50 Best Golf Communities in America.  Our golf program ensures tee time availability with a cap of just 225 members per 18 holes.  Members can also enjoy the benefits of the Golf Learning Center, which offers the latest in technology and instruction.  Currently, the waiting time for a golf membership is one year when you purchase one of our existing Mediterra homes. However, Mediterra has reserved a number of golf memberships for prospective homeowners that purchase a new construction home, making it even easier to find your dream home and delve into the luxury living lifestyle at Mediterra. 

    Private Beach Club

    Mediterra’s luxury amenities don’t stop at the gates.  Residents can take a short drive to the member-owned Mediterra Beach Club to explore beach resort living on 200 feet of private shoreline on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.  The 10,000 square foot, two-story private Beach Club offers an elevated swimming pool with a sundeck and valet service for beach chairs, umbrellas, beverage and food menus, and any other luxury akin to beach resort living.  You can enjoy a beautiful day on the beach soaking up the sun, gathering seashells along the shore, and indulging in our casual, but signature Mediterra cuisine in our indoor or outdoor dining areas while being catered to by friendly and professional staff members. 

    Parks & Trails

    Nature surrounds you as you drive through the 1,700 acres of Mediterra.  You can take in the beauty of the luxury home community’s perfectly landscaped streets or immerse yourself in nature while taking a walk along the eight miles of trails and pathways linking to three themed parks to enhance your luxury living lifestyle.

    Parque Celestial is a 3-acre park featuring astrological elements from Renaissance and European traditions that blend with the shining stars in the night sky.  The design was created to make residents aware of the effect planets and constellations had on the lives of ancient cultures.

    Parque Celestial’s distinctive features include the Labyrinth and Sun Clock. The labyrinth is a meditative spiral walking path and the Sun Clock is an interactive sundial that allows park guests to tell the time of day by the way their shadows land on the shells when they stand on the month markers.  Residents can also sit in the Stargazing Pavilion to study the stars from an elevated perspective and look down to see views of the garden and natural preserves of Mediterra.

    Parterre Garden brings you back to nature with formal, sculpted gardens that allow residents to appreciate the beauty in flowers and greenery.  This 2-acre park offers a serene environment ideal for a romantic picnic or an afternoon of reading. Take a break from your tête-à-tête to sit at a bench or stroll the walkway and enjoy the revolving palette of annual blooms, low holly hedges, and the tranquility of the reflecting pool.

    Calusa Play Park is for children, grandchildren, and the kids-at-heart.  It is an interactive children’s park located adjacent to the community’s nature preserve and wetland prairie and created to honor Florida’s first inhabitants, the Calusa Indians, since part of the park is an archeological-protected area.  Naples-based landscape architect, Ellin Goetz, brought a bit of Calusa Indian history to the park with shell mounds that contain shark teeth and other fossils so children can dig through the sand for treasures. The park also features an active play area nestled against hills, located close to play equipment, a basketball half court, and a story-telling circle with a raised seat-wall and low bonfire pit.

    These luxury amenities and features are what has allowed Mediterra to be recognized as Collier Building Industry Association’s Community of the Year multiple times, why we were awarded three Distinguished Emerald Club awards, and why we were named the No. 1 community in Florida for retirees by Best Retirement Destinations, among many other awards.  Schedule your tour to explore these luxury amenities for yourself.

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