George Clooney calls his best guy pals “The Boys,” and they’re famous for nurturing their long-standing friendships with well-planned getaway adventures. No matter how you refer to your best buds, a guys’ getaway to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades will leave the whole group with memories of everything from the great outdoors to luxury indulgences.
Fishing: Backcountry to Deep Sea
The Everglades offers an abundance of untouched backcountry fishing and wildlife viewing. Opt for a guided tour with Everglades Fishing Adventures through the Everglades National Park’s Wilderness Waterway for an expansive look at the unspoiled realm of mangroves, hidden coves and uninhabited beaches of the Ten Thousand Islands. The area’s redfish, snook, sea trout and tarpon weigh in anywhere from juvenile fish to 200-pound monsters. For a hands-on tour with a brag worthy trophy, try your hand at fly fishing with an experienced guide from RZ’s Fishing Extremes.
Or, take to the Gulf of Mexico for a deep sea fishing experience. Knowledgeable guides will take you on offshore excursions in search of grouper, bull sharks, snapper and more. For a full menu of watersports and fishing excursions, Port of Naples Marina is one-shop stop.
Top-Ranked Golf Courses
For the competitive crew, keep score at one of Naples’ critically acclaimed golf courses. With 90 golf courses in the Greater Naples metro area – Florida's Paradise Coast is No. 1 in the National Golf Foundation’s rankings of Golf Holes Per Capita – there is no shortage of green time at any of the public or semi-private courses.
Play with the champions at Tiburón Golf Club, the home of the PGA TOUR QBE Shootout and the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. For additional courses with pristine fairways and greens, visit TPC Treviso Bay or the Naples Grande Beach Resort Golf Club. Play at some of the most highly-esteemed private courses during their non-member times, typically from May to December. See more on Naples-area golf.
Wild Boar Hunting
Wild boars are fast, smart and dangerous, and their population has exploded across both wilderness and urban areas. You can help make a dent in their encroachment on urban areas through a wild boar hunt organized out of the Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort – no hunting license needed. Just 40 minutes from downtown Naples, the resort offers a professionally guided wild boar hunt on vacant land. The hunt includes drinks, ice, the meat of one hog up to 150 pounds, and care of the harvested game. Harvesting includes skinning and quartering the animal from which you get two hams, two shoulders, two tenderloins, two back straps and two sets of ribs from each hog.
Two packages are available – a half-day hunt, four-hour hunt and the full-day experience that includes a hearty lunch. Guests can hunt on foot or on spot-and-stalk hunting vehicles including four-wheel-drive trucks, swamp buggies or electric four-wheel-drive Bad Boy Buggies.
Betting on a Good Time
If you’re feeling lucky, head to the Seminole Casino & Hotel Immokalee just 50 minutes from Naples. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the casino now offers overnight accommodation at its upscale hotel along with more than 1,300 slot machines and 38 live table games. With plenty of dining options in the Vegas-style casino and live entertainment on most nights, it’s a good bet for a guys’ weekend.
Dining & Nightlife in the Greater Naples Area
There’s no doubt that Naples earned Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine’s ranking as one of the Top 20 Best Food Cities in America. With an emerging foodie scene, there’s no shortage of good eats on the Paradise Coast.
For a casual, day-tripping bite to eat, visit City Seafood in Everglades City. Here you’ll enjoy a laid-back menu in an outdoor setting – try the giant stone crab claws fresh from the dock.
For trendsetting dining in Naples, visit Sea Salt for fresh seafood on Third Street South, or visit Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South for rustic Italian cuisine in a cool, eclectic setting. For the ultimate masculine meal, try HobNob Kitchen & Bar’s Bone-In Rib Eye with Slow-Cooked Béarnaise Onions, Cabarnet Demi and Honey Roasted Fingerlings.
After dinner, check out the nightlife at the popular Mercato plaza, with bars and clubs including the world's first cigar and fine spirits lounge by cigar impresario Rocky Patel, called Burn. Other nightspots include Blue Martini and The Pub, which offers a unique combination of British hospitality and American flair.
Where to Stay
Accommodations vary throughout Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades from resort-style to all-suite hotels and condos. With an abundance of amenities, Naples area resorts offer access to restaurants, spas and sometimes, even golf courses. For resorts that have it all, try the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. On Marco Island, you’ll find the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa along with the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.
For properties with multi-bedroom suites and full kitchens, the Naples Bay Resort and Bellasera Hotel in Naples both are good matches for small groups traveling together.