Running in Naples can be a breathtaking experience in more ways than one! Not only can one find exhilarating routes on safe, well lit, local streets here but you can also take in the beautiful and tropical landscaping and classic residential architecture that is abundant in Naples.
Take for instance, the Moorings neighborhood which lies midway between Old Naples to the south and Pelican Bay to the north. This enclave of tree-lined streets and beautiful homes and condos is a perfect venue for a runner to enjoy a four mile jog. I often guide new visitors to park at the easily accessible beach front parking area, Via Miramar on Gulfshore Blvd. north. From there, one may head north along famed Gulfshore Blvd. all the way to the turn around at Seagate beach. Head south to Park Shore Drive then left up the short bridge which spans the beautiful Venetian Bay. Stop there for a spectacular, yet quick photo opp then continue on to Crayton Rd where you'll turn right (south) and run in the bike lane or sidewalk. Along this breathtaking one mile stretch you'll take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the heart of Naples. On either side of the road one will find huge ficus trees and Royal Palms in front of new, coastal inspired homes and vintage, seasonal homes built by the early settlers of Naples. Turning right onto Harbour Drive takes you over the Harbour Drive bridge which overlooks the tranquil Moorings Bay. Stop there for a moment...you just might see a slow moving manatee or school of rays swimming in formation against the current.
Once you make it to the other side of the bridge take a left back onto Gulfshore Blvd and run south to the turn around at Admiralty Point. You'll find a water fountain there and a great view of the signature, curved condominium building that affords a wide angle view of Doctors Pass and the gulf of Mexico!
Now, just a short jaunt takes you back to the Via Miramar beach park where you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach!
Mitchell L. Norgart
Gulf Coast International Properties