What to Pack for Your Trip to Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades

From year-round staples to seasonal essentials for all kinds of weather, here’s what to bring with you to the Paradise Coast.

A woman walks on the beach with her young son in Naples

No matter when you travel to Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades, one thing’s pretty certain: there’ll be plenty of sunshine. Yet while the region is generally sunny and warm all year, it is not without its seasonal fluctuations, which should factor into what goes into your suitcase.

Year-round Essentials

First things first: there are a few constants when it comes to the weather along the Paradise Coast, especially with all the time you’ll likely be spending outside. These items are crucial to have with you whether you’re here in January or August.

  • Flip-flops. Every Floridian has at least one pair; most have multiple. It’s rare that temperatures dip low enough that flip-flops aren’t suitable footwear. They’re perfect for going from beach to café to poolside. If your itinerary includes golf, swamp-walking or a more formal dinner, you’ll of course want to bring appropriate shoes with you.
  • Sun protection. With all the sunshine comes the need to protect your skin. Be sure to bring a (preferably ocean-friendly) sunscreen or sunblock to apply generously before you go out in the sun. A wide-brimmed hat will help protect your face and neck. For long days on the beach or boat, a lightweight long-sleeve shirt will add protection. 
  • Insect repellant. While mosquitos tend to be most active in summer, they can be a nuisance all year – especially in the evenings and near wetland areas.

Winter: Layer for Cooler Days & Nights

January, February

A woman sits on a dock during a hike in the Everglades

A nature excursion in the Everglades

Winters in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades are, of course, much warmer than most of the U.S. However, temps have been known to dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit – though it’s usually for only a day or two.
  • In addition to warm-weather clothing like shorts and t-shirts, you’ll want to bring layers – it will be cooler at times, especially in January and early February. So, while you probably won’t need a thick parka, you will want to pack a couple of sweaters, long pants and a medium jacket. 
  • As for swimming, the temperature of the Gulf might be too cool for most people, but many hotels and resorts have heated pools (and hot tubs) for those wanting to take a dip.

Spring: Jacket (and Sleeves) Optional

March, April, May

A couple relaxes on the beach on Florida's Paradise Coast
As the days start to get a little longer on the Paradise Coast, the need for layers quickly wanes – but you’ll still want to have a sweater or light jacket on-hand in case there’s a cool evening breeze.
  • Temperatures are mild and pleasant, and sunshine is abundant, so during the day you generally won’t need long sleeves.
  • On the beach, it’s generally warm enough for swimwear until the sun starts to sink (a beach coverup or shirt and shorts will be handy in late afternoon).
  • Gulf temperatures also warm up during spring, but still may be too cold for some.

Summer: Soak Up the Sun – But Bring an Umbrella

June, July, August, September

Little girl lounging on the beach
The sunscreen and mosquito repellant become even more essential during the summer months – and so does packing an umbrella. Temps are hot and sunny – so sleeveless dresses and tops will be your best bet, as well as shorts. Opt for items made from lighter materials. 
  • Multiple sets of swimwear are key if you’re planning on spending multiple days poolside or on the beach. 
  • At the height of summer, you’re likely to experience an afternoon thunderstorm most days, and while they usually don't last very long, you won’t want to be caught in one without an umbrella. If your travel plans include being outdoors for extended time – say, hiking in Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – consider packing a rain poncho. 
  • Tip: It may seem counterintuitive, but if you’re sensitive to cooler temperatures, you’ll want to bring a light sweater, as some indoor places keep their A/C at temperatures that can seem jarringly cool in contrast to the warmth outside.

Fall: Dress for Warm Weather (But Bring a Sweater)

October, November, December

Beach season doesn’t really fade until late fall.
  • Sleeveless tops and shorter bottoms are still your best bet, and it’s still warm enough for swimwear poolside and on the beach.
  • In early fall, an umbrella is still a good idea.
  • Starting in October, you will want to bring those layers. Mornings and evenings can get somewhat cool. If you’re traveling around Thanksgiving or after, be sure to add longer items and layers for cooler evenings.

Whenever you’re planning on traveling to the Paradise Coast, it’s always a good idea to check with the places you’ll be visiting for any dress requirements. While a beach coverup and flip-flops are great for lounging, some restaurants, golf courses and other attractions might have a resort casual or other dress code.

Of course, if you get to the Paradise Coast and realize you don’t have everything you need for the weather or dress code, don’t worry: Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades is a premier shopping destination, and you’re sure to find the items you need.

Here's an in-depth look at the weather in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.