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Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay

The planning, the waiting, the traveling— vacation can often be exhausting. By the time you’ve toured the mangroves by kayak explored the reefs with a fishing charter and taken a day trip to Big Cypress National Preserve, you feel accomplished, but less rejuvenated than you’d imagined. On days like these, it’s best to treat yourself, and there’s no better place to do it than in Naples. When you need to reinvigorate yourself, consider a day of retail therapy and exclusive dining at the Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay.

Pelican Bay is a 3 square mile incorporation of the Naples-Marco Island Metropolis, bordered by pristine beaches and 88 acres of parks and recreation areas. At the southern border of this striking community, you’ll find the Waterside Shops and their preferred hotel partner, the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Located only a mile from the resort, the shops are a leisurely 10-minute stroll, a 2-minute bike ride or a 5-minute drive from your home away from home. Concierge services and valet is available at the main and west entrances. If you choose to walk, make sure to bring your four-legged friend, as many of the proprietors are primed with water bowls and biscuits.

The Waterside Shops are an arrangement of 60 specialty boutiques, high-end department stores and restaurants nestled in 280,000 square feet of retail space. Notable establishments include Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Williams-Sonoma, Gucci, Michael Kors, MAC, Brooks BrothersRalph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and plenty more. Satisfy your appetite with a meal at one of Waterside Shops’ eateries, such as BrickTop’s, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Café Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, True Food Kitchen and Haagen-Daz. Featuring over 30,000 lush tropical plants and flowering foliage, hand-laid rock waterfalls and staggered outdoor courtyards, the Shops are the perfect, Zen setting to unwind and brighten your day.

But don’t let the elegant surroundings fool you, The Waterside Shops support a multitude of local philanthropic and cultural initiatives. From now until the end of the year, all coins from every fountain will be donated to Coins for a Cause, which raises fund for Avow Hospice. The United Way, Girls and Boys Club and Conservancy of Southwest Florida are just some of their many beneficiaries, so you can feel confident that your purchases will create a positive ripple effect in the community.

At the end of your shopping excursion you feel relief. You’ve picked up some essentials at your favorite boutiques, had an exquisite meal, and found gifts for friends back home. If you’re wondering how to fill out the rest of your day, don’t miss the exceptional experiences nearby. Visit the Artis-Naples center to regard the Chihuly installations at the Baker Museum or take in a Naples Philharmonic performance. Or make it a more visceral evening with a class at Floyo yoga studio or Dancing with Marcia. No matter how you end your day, you can rest assured you’ve seen the best of southwest Florida and made the most of your time in Naples.

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