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Naples is Home to 2 of Dr. Beach’s 2014 Top 10 Beaches!

June 10th, 2014

 

Naples Beaches

Congratulations to Naples for having two beaches in Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches for 2014 list! Both Barefoot Beach (#2) and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park (#10) made the exclusive list.

Dr. Beach has been making his annual Top 10 Beaches list since 1991 and uses 50 criteria, with rankings from 1 to 5, in his evaluation process of swimable beaches. Factors he takes into consideration include beach width at low tide, sand softness and color, wildlife, pests (such as ticks and mosquitoes), available amenities and public safety.

Once a beach reaches the top of the list, it is retired to make room for others.

Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches 2014

1. Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Barefoot Beach
Bonita Springs, Florida

3. St. George Island State Park
Florida panhandle

4. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park
Oahu, Hawaii

5. Hamoa Beach
Maui, Hawaii

6. Cape Hatteras
Outer Banks of North Carolina

7. Cape Florida State Park
Key Biscayne, Florida

8. Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

9. Beachwalker Park
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

10. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Naples, Florida

Book your next Florida vacation at Park Shore Resort and you’ll be just minutes from both of these stunning beaches!

(Story from Today.com/Travel)

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Celebrating the 4th of July In Naples, Florida

May 21st, 2014

Naples 4th of JulyThe very best Independence Day fireworks display in the area takes place from the Naples Pier on the Fourth of July. The best seats in the house are anywhere on the beach north of The Pier including past Lowdermilk Park. You should make an evening of it by going early to get yourselves set up on the beach with chairs and a picnic, enjoy the sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico horizon, watch the boats assemble for the display and then sit back to watch the fireworks shoot off from The Pier at around 9:00 pm.

Click here for local tips to help prepare and maximize your 4th of July fun!

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Video: The Beaches of Naples in Full Display

April 30th, 2014

People flock to Naples for many things; great shopping, world-class dining, year-round warm weather and so much more. While those are great reasons to visit Naples, the most popular Naples attraction is undoubtedly the stunning white sand beaches.

The beaches of Naples are consistently featured in Top 10 lists for the country’s best beaches, and if you’ve spent any time at all on our sand you’ll understand why. From Keewaydin Island and the Naples Pier to Vanderbilt Beach and Barefoot Beach, there’s definitely a stretch of sand for you to find your paradise.

Here is a short video that showcases the beaches of Naples.

That video makes you want to sink your toes into some soft sand doesn’t it!

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Naples Easter Activities: Egg Hunts, Bunny Photos & More!

April 10th, 2014

Naples Florida Easter activities

Naples, Florida is a great place to celebrate Easter. With tons of events and activities for the whole family, even the Easter bunny has a hard time keeping up with it all! Here is a list of events that will make your Easter holiday one to remember.

Easter Bunny Photos

Coastland Center Mall

You can visit the Easter Bunny at Coastland Center mall now through April 19th, from 11am-8pm Mondays through Wednesdays, 10am-9pm Thursdays through Saturdays, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. Coastland Center Mall is at 1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples.
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Explore the Naples Zoo with the SunStream Beach Team

March 7th, 2014

Naples Zoo

Naples is known for its picture-perfect beaches, year-round warm weather, and a fabulous shopping and dining scene. While those are fantastic reasons to visit Naples, look beyond obvious and you’ll find treasures like the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens.

Nationally accredited, the Naples Zoo features exotic animals, lush tropical plants, and educational shows. You’ll have the opportunity to view a variety of animals, from lions and tigers, to monkeys, alligators, giraffes, and many more rarely seen creatures.

The SunStream Beach Team recently paid a visit to the Naples Zoo to take a look at the new exhibits and to showcase why the zoo is such a great place for our hotel guests to visit.

SunStream Beach Team Visit the Naples Zoo

A complete Naples Zoo experience includes:

  • Primate Expedition Cruise
  • Safari Canyon Theater Shows
  • Meet the Keepers Series
  • Historic Tropical Gardens
  • Alligator Bay Hand-Feeding Show
  • All Individual Animal Exhibits

Location and Tickets

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens can be found at:

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples FL 34102
(239) 262-5409

Tickets: Your admission supports wildlife at the Zoo and in the wild. As a nonprofit institution, tax is charged on admission.

  • Adults (13-64 years of age) – $1995
  • Seniors (65 and up) – $18.95
  • Children (3 -12 years of age) – $12.95
  • Children (2 and younger) – Free

Naples Zoo

Combining recreational fun for the entire family and important conservation, the Naples Zoo offers visitors an educational look at some of the world’s most endangered animals. Whether you’re cruising out to the primate islands or catching a show at Safari Canyon, the Naples Zoo provides something amazing to see around every corner. Exploring all the exhibits at the zoo is a great way to spend a day away from the beach yet still enjoying the gorgeous Florida weather.

See you at the Naples Zoo!

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The 2014 Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade

February 26th, 2014

Naples St. Patricks Day Parade

Come join us for one of the biggest events in Naples, the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This annual Irish celebration will take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 11:00am.

The parade will start at Saint Ann’s Church in Old Naples and makes its way down 3rd Street South to 5th Avenue, then travels down 8th Street South to end at Crayton Cove.

Once again organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade are working hard to put together the 2014 parade and events. Since its start in 1978, the parade has grown in leaps and bounds! It is planned by a small group of volunteers who regard their efforts to be a labor of love and believe that this year’s parade will be the best ever!

According to the Naples Chamber of Commerce, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the most asked about event in Naples each year. Whether you’re a Naples local or guest at Park Shore Resort – the Parade is a must-see! Book your room today for the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade and don’t forget to pack your green!

We hope to see you at the parade!

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Dinner and a Show with Musical Comedian Jimmy Keys!

February 12th, 2014

Jimmy KeysThe Bellasera Hotel, our sister property, is hosting a special dinner and a show event with a performance by comedian and musician Jimmy Keys. This exciting show will take place February 24th at 8:00pm in the Tuscan Room at the Bellasera Hotel in downtown Naples.

The fun starts at 6:30pm with a cash bar cocktail party followed by a delicious buffet dinner catered by Bellasera’s Zizi Restaurant. Jimmy Keys will take the stage at 8:00pm to entertain and delight the crowd with his unique musical comedy act.

Jimmy has developed a very unique and highly entertaining musical and comedy act. He’s a cross between Elton John (in that he sings and plays the piano) and Robin Williams (in that his comedy is off-the-wall). His show is packed with comedy, visual musical impressions and favorite Broadway songs, wrapped around some of the most exciting piano playing and audience participation that you will ever witness.

Jimmy is a seasoned corporate entertainer who has performed for audiences all over the world and has opened for stars such as Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Huey Lewis and Wynonna Judd.

Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and a show with musical comedian Jimmy Keys! Tickets are limited so don’t wait, you won’t want to miss the fun!

Dinner and a Show Details:

  • Monday February 24th
  • Tuscan Room at Bellasera Hotel
  • 6:30pm Cash Bar Opens
  • 7:00pm Dinner Buffet Opens
  • 8:00pm Show Starts
  • $72.00/person includes dinner, show, tax & service charge

Tickets to the Jimmy Keys dinner and a show at Bellasera Hotel are $72 and can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

We hope to see you at the show!

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A Guide to Naples Beaches

January 13th, 2014

Naples Beaches

Naples truly is a paradise for beach lovers. With over 25 miles of white sand extending from Fort Myers Beach in the north to Keewaydin Island in the south, it’s easy to find a spot to call your own. Apart from the occasional pass to inland bays, otherwise the Naples coastline is an uninterrupted stretch of soft, warm sand.

All beaches are open to the public and are reachable by parks or access points at the end of roads. Simply drive west and you will reach the beach. There is metered parking at the street access points and paid access at the parks.

Naples is a little different than many beach towns in that there is no boardwalk or retail along the beaches. You won’t find t-shirt shops, convenience stores or restaurants. Naples beaches are bordered by stunning single-family homes, condo buildings, parks and preserves, and just a few hotels.

Designated parks will offer facilities, activities and amenities like restrooms, concessions and water sports. You can always bring in your own cooler (alcoholic beverages are not permitted), beach chairs, and toys with you.

Here is a list of Naples area beaches that offer facilities and plenty of space for you and your family to spread out and soak in the natural beauty that the coast of Naples has to offer.

Naples Beach areas from north to south are:

  • Barefoot Beach – Collier County Park
  • Delnor-Wiggins – Florida State Park
  • Vanderbilt Beach – Collier Co. Park
  • Clam Pass Beach – Collier Co. Park
  • Lowdermilk Park – Naples City Park
  • Naples Beach & Pier – Naples City Park

Barefoot Beach Preserve

Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach is a hidden gem that for the most part, only locals know about. To get there turn south onto Barefoot Beach Blvd., which is about 100 yards from the western end of Bonita Beach Road. Take the long brick road all the way south until you arrive at the Barefoot Beach Park entrance. The park is 342 acres of undeveloped barrier island habitat. There are trails and a raised walkway that crisscrosses through the preserve. Rangers conduct guided canoe tours through the back-bay and you’re likely to see many friendly tortoises in the vegetation. There are 3 parking areas and the beach stretches all the way south to Wiggins Pass.

Facilities include: Showers, restrooms, snack bar, fishing ramps, picnic tables, fishing gear rental.

To read about the other Naples beaches click here to continue!

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New Year’s Eve Events for Southwest Florida

December 18th, 2013

Naples New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Southwest Florida includes events, parties, fireworks and even snow! With so much going on, choosing what to do is going to be a difficult task for sure. Plenty of bars and restaurants will be hosting their own New Year’s Eve events, but if you’re in the mood for something special, here is a list of area events that will ring in the New Year in grand fashion.

Naples New Year’s Eve Events

Celebrate the New Year Naples style with an evening of music, fun, fireworks and even snow! Third Street South comes alive to welcome 2014. The fireworks display will take place at the Naples Pier and starts at 7:30pm, leaving plenty of time for an early dinner before or a more elegant affair afterwards. And the earlier timing allows children a chance to partake in the celebration.

There will be live music at Fleischmann Courtyard and at many of the open-air restaurants in the Third Street South area.

Look for the snow to fall around 8:15pm. I know a lot of people come to Naples to escape the snow up north, but they all look forward to this time of the year just so they can watch it “snow” in downtown Naples. It might not be completely real, but the effect is beautiful and definitely something worth seeing!

Downtown Fort Myers New Year’s Eve

Presented by the River District Alliance, the annual Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown helps tens of thousands of local revelers ring in the New Year in style. The 17th annual event starts at 8pm with live musical acts on multiple stages, a craft beer garden, and much more. A Kids Zone will feature bounce houses, ball pits, an obstacle course, giant slides, a rock climbing wall, and balloon typhoon.

As midnight approaches, the main stage will feature a countdown and a New Year’s Eve ball drop. When the clock strikes midnight a dazzling fireworks display will light up the sky over the Caloosahatchee River. The bands and DJs play long after the display, entertaining crowds until as late as 2am.

Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve

Come celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year’s Eve at Time Square. The town’s 17th annual birthday party takes place from 1pm to 3pm with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7pm to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier as well as the ball drop.

Be aware the bridge will be closed ONLY to oncoming traffic from midnight to 1:30am during the fireworks.

If you are in Southwest Florida for New Year’s Eve, have a great time enjoying the events and the warm Florida weather. We invite you stay at one of our six area hotels and resorts so you can be close to these wonderful New Year’s Eve events. Have a great 2014 and we hope to see you soon!

-Team SunStream

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New Video Will Have You Dreaming of Beaches and Sunshine!

August 5th, 2013

Park Shore Naples Hotel

Have you wondered what it would be like to stay at Park Shore Resort? Have you stayed with us before but its been a few years? We have put together a brand new video showing you why so many people choose to stay with us at Park Shore Resort year after year. We’ll show you the resort, the suites, the amenities, the events and the local attractions. You will see everything that makes a Naples vacation a special experience!

Watch and you’ll know why Park Shore Resort is consistently voted one of the top family resorts in Naples.

Park Shore Resort – Naples, Florida

See you under the sun!

-Team SunStream

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