Naples, Florida was voted one of the top 10 best towns for Christmas last year by Coastal Living, thanks to its abundance of festivals and attractions that keep the holiday cheer going through the whole month of December. So, in the same spirit, here are some fun things to do in Naples at Christmas.
Spending Christmas at the beach is unusual, but fun—especially since it’s a low-stress way to spend time with family, and we all know Christmas can be a stressful time. Plus, Naples has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches around.
This year’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will take place the evening of December 9th, and boaters will decorate their ships with lights—one even turned his boat into Santa’s sleigh—and sail around the bay. Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch!
Every year, Fifth Avenue South downtown is decorated elaborately with Christmas lights while a band plays Christmas music. The Naples Botanical Garden is also beautiful around the holidays, and if you’re just visiting, you’ll definitely want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which turns into a winter wonderland around Christmas.
The staff here at DeVoe Buick GMC wish you the happiest of holidays!
There’s nothing quite like the throaty hum of a finely-tuned engine. It’s something we can get used to over time and that’s why when it suddenly changes, it can be disconcerting to say the least. So, what changed? Here’s a short list of what different car noises could indicate.
If your vehicle squeals when you apply the brakes, it could be telling you that you need new brakes pads. Have your vehicle inspected soon, because once pads wear out completely your rotors could be damaged.
A loose exhaust system can cause rattling that appears to be coming from underneath your vehicle. You could even take a peek under there to check it out. But, it’s probably better to seek the service of a professional.
There are a number of kinds of grinding sounds an unhealthy vehicle can make. A light grinding sound could mean that your brake pads have been rubbed down to nothing.
If you drive a manual transmission, grinding during shifting could indicate a variety of issues. It could be a dragging clutch or a failing synchronizer. These are problems that normally arise as your vehicle reaches high mileage.
If your troubles are stacking up and you think the solution may be a new vehicle, stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to explore our excellent lineup!
If you live in Naples, Florida and are looking for something to do the evening of Independence Day, why not come to the fireworks show at the Naples Pier at the West end of 12th Avenue? It’s an annual tradition to celebrate July 4th in Naples with fireworks displays, music, and the beautiful sight of the Florida coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:00pm after sunset, but guests are permitted to come earlier to set up any blankets, towels, or lawn chairs anywhere between Lowdermilk Park and Naples Beach. The music for the event will be broadcasted through the WAVV 101.1 FM radio station so viewers can listen while enjoying the fireworks shows choreographed to the playlist.
If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, make sure to check reservations for sightseeing boats in the area a few days ahead of time, as well. Some boat reservations are available for visitors who wish to enjoy the fireworks display on the open ocean!
Admission for the event is entirely free. Parking is first-come, first-serve, and areas marked “No Parking” will be strictly patrolled by law enforcement. Police will be present at the event to direct traffic. No personal fireworks such as sparklers are permitted, but coolers with snacks and beverages are allowed.
Hope to see you there!
In the hot, muggy weather that a summer in Florida brings, you’ll want to plan a few trips to the beach. Here are some beaches in and around Naples that you’ll want to head to this summer.
Clam Pass County Park
This secluded beachfront is tucked away in mangroves, and you’ll access it by a tram that drives across a boardwalk. You’ll want to go here if you love nature, because you’ll be among marine and plant life, especially in the tidal bay area.
This place is great for families, especially if you’re bringing young children to the beach. It has a host of full-service facilities and lets you picnic in the gazebo. There are also two playgrounds, a duck bond, plenty of showers and bathrooms, and sand volleyball courts!
Sugden Regional Park
If you’re over salt water, then you’re in luck! Sugden is home to the only public freshwater lake in the Naples area. It’s called Avalon Lake, and not only can you swim here, but you can also rent equipment for water sports and take sailing lessons!
2016 Buick Cascada
We at DeVoe Buick GMC love living in Florida. Sunshine year-round is a satisfying perk of such a beautiful place.
In Naples, Florida, the open, coastal road calls to us. There is no better way to experience the beautiful scenery and weather than behind the wheel of a convertible. Put the roof down and experience the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.
If you have been considering buying a convertible, you know that there are a lot of variables. Do you want a hard top or a fabric top? Do you want a luxury convertible or an affordable drop top? Do you want a two-seat roadster? Manual or automatic?
It is important to consider these variables as well as factors such as the price, fuel economy, safety features, technology, passenger capacity, interior space, and cargo space.
If you have been interested in purchasing a convertible but do not know where to start, Buick just created the convertible you have been waiting for.
The all new 2016 Buick Cascada is a fantastic convertible, and is the perfect blend of everything a convertible should have. It is a competitively priced vehicle, with dashing good looks, and a comfortable drive.
If you are interested in the 2016 Buick Cascada convertible or any other car, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC. We will help you find the perfect vehicle to enjoy our gorgeous Florida weather.
The Naples Botanical Garden, with over 170 acres of property, is one of the most popular points of interest in the area surrounding Naples, Florida. The gardens have seven distinct ecosystems with over 1,000 species of plants, making it one of the most extensive in the region.
According to the Naples Botanical Garden website, the gardens have been around since 1993 and were officially incorporated in 1994. Exhibits and shows are frequently held at the gardens, including a LEGO flower display, opera performances, dog walks, and more. Plus, the facility also has resources for conservation education and gardening tips and classes.
You can become a sustaining member or simply go for a visit this weekend. The website contains a section on what is currently in bloom, giving you facts and information about what you will see when you visit the botanical gardens. Not only is this a great spot for kids and school trips, but the local botanical gardens are also great for romantic dates and gardening enthusiasts.
The Naples Botanical Gardens are just one of many local attraction here in Naples, Florida. We at DeVoe Buick GMC couldn’t be happier to be located in such a wonderful area.
The beach is a wonderful place to visit no matter what time of the year it is. However, in December, the water can get pretty chilly! Fortunately, there are plenty of fun beach activities to do in winter that avoid the ocean altogether.
Fly a Kite
The wintry winds can create the perfect conditions for flying a kite on the beach. Just let the wind carry your high-flying kite around up in the air.
Search for Seashells
Taking a peaceful stroll along the shoreline, you can keep a keen eye out for various sea shells to use as ornaments for a tropical Christmas tree.
Play a Game of Volleyball
A round of beach volleyball is perfect no matter what time of year it is. Just set up the net and get ready to serve!
Create a Campfire
You can stay warm on winter nights by setting up a campfire on the beach. You can even trade out those roasted chestnuts on an open fire for some delicious seasonal s’mores!
We might not have the colorful fall foliage, or a chill in the air, but we can still have fun in the fall down here in sunny Florida. If you’ve looking for some Halloween activities in Naples, here are just a few of the many fun activities you and your family can enjoy.
Happy Halloween from DeVoe Buick GMC!
Waterside Shop’s Boo Bash 2015. On October 30th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, come enjoy this free family-friendly event at the Waterside Shop in Naples. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, jugglers, balloon art, costumed characters, and more.
- Monster Mash. Head to The Village on Venetian Bay on October 31st from 1:00PM to 4:00PM for this great Halloween event. It is free and includes arts and crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and even wild animals from the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve.
- Spooktacular on 5th. This free, family-friendly event is right along 5th Avenue South. It includes costume contests for all ages and pets, trick-or-treating, live music, crafts, and so much more. It will be held on October 31st from 4:30PM through 9:30PM.
Did we miss your favorite Halloween event? Share the details with us in the comments below.
With the celebration of our nation’s founding just around the corner, you may be looking for something fun to do for the Fourth of July in Naples. Here is a brief list that we’ve compiled just for you.
Independence Day Kick-Off Party – Start the holiday weekend with this free event at Mercado shops that offers fun for the entire family. Starting at 6pm, there will be live music, lawn games, and an outdoor bar. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, and a water balloon toss.
Bonita Springs Farmers’ Market – Located at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center and opening at 7:30am, peruse an assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, flowers, and fresh seafood from local vendors where you can find the perfect items for a beach picnic!
Fourth of July parade – Come bring some lawn chairs or beach blankets and get into the celebratory spirit while watching some festive pageantry! The parade starts at 10am along Fifth Avenue South.
Fireworks at Naples Pier – Starting at 9pm, come see the best fireworks around from the historic Naples Pier!
Be sure to come visit us at DeVoe Buick GMC to see our selection of new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. We also wish all of our readers and patrons a very happy Fourth of July weekend!
Get Summer Service at DeVoe!
While most people think of winter as one of the most dangerous times of the year for vehicles, the summer season has its drawbacks as well. Stay safe this year with these summer car care tips from DeVoe Buick GMC:
- Keep your car on a regular maintenance schedule. If you haven’t been to the auto repair shop for a tune-up lately, the time is now.
- Make sure that your tires are appropriately inflated and have enough tread.
- Take a good look at your windshield wipers. They can really take a beating in the snow, and you’ll want them at their best when it rains this year.
- Change the air filter. Now that it’s warm, you’re going to want clean, fresh air blasting through the air conditioner.
- Double-check that your air conditioning is working properly. If it’s only able to drop the temperature inside by about five degrees, you probably wouldn’t have noticed the problem all winter long.
Do you have any other summer car care tips to keep in mind? Let us know your ideas in the comments.