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Most people travel to Naples, Florida to shop on Fifth Avenue. With boutique shops and charming scenery, one can hardly blame them.

Irish Eyes Smile on Naples

For those who enjoy the unusual though, there is a way to enjoy incredible shopping laced with a bit of old world Irish charm.

Imagine stepping back in time, to an era of pampering and hospitality.

The Inn on 5th Avenue

As you enter the Inn on 5th, the first thing that you notice is its elegance. The staff greets you warmly before whisking you away to your large room or even larger suite. And from your window, you have an amazing view of 5th Avenue's exclusive shops and boutiques.

The Inn boasts five handicapped accessible rooms with large roll in showers, and the staff is on call to see to whatever special needs its guests may have.

After settling in, guests can head next door to McCabe's Irish Pub, one of Naples' little known treasures.

McCabe's is an enormous Irish tavern, built in Ireland and transported over to the states, by Phillip McCabe.

"I envisioned an Irish pub - authentic, but sophisticated," said Philip McCabe, CEO.

And he did an amazing job of accomplishing just that.

From transporting his pub, to renovating the back of the restaurant from an old bank vault into a wine room, that John Gaddi would have appreciated, McCabe's vision has been transformed into a reality.

The pub was broken down into two pieces and shipped to Miami, then driven to Naples and recreated. To add to it's ambience, he even flies in Irish students, who wish to do their internships in the States.

The Food

Now onto the food, which was outstanding.

Start your meal off with a pint of Guinness, poured to perfection. After tasting it, I had to ask why it appeared to be so much smoother than the ones I had tried before. They explained that Guinness must be served at 38 degrees and poured over a two minute period to be a true Irish Guinness beer.

Satisfied with that answer, I enjoyed sipping the fine brew while eating the best fish and chips ever. The fish was crisp and flaky and the chips hardy.

My companion devoured his heaping dish of Irish stew in minutes and we both capped off our meal with their delicious Irish Whiskey cake.

Later we walked off our meal, by strolling down 5th Avenue and peering into the eclectic shops.

5th Avenue sports everything from world class shopping to world class galleries.

For those of you who prefer activities that are a bit more active, there are close to one hundred golf courses in Greater Naples and an incredible Philharmonic Center for the Arts, with a budget of over one hundred million dollars - the center has hosted first class performances by showbiz greats from Tony Orlando to Bill Cosby.

Or if you just want to bake in the sun, the beach is only six blocks away.

These are just a few of the gems, that can be found in this amazing city. Try it for yourselves and enjoy a little bit of Irish hospitality, with a touch of Florida sunshine.


Five minutes from Naples airport, accessible via I-75, U.S. 41 or 45 minutes from Southwest International Airport in Ft. Myers.


Taxi fares to beach resorts are in the $20 range from Naples Municipal Airport, $60 range from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and $150 from Miami International.

Additional 15% gratuity is customary.


Inn on Fifth Avenue

Rooms at the Inn on Fifth Avenue:
87 Large, elegantly decorated rooms. Sliding French doors to balcony or terrace. • 39 Plaza Doubles • 37 Deluxe Kings • 5 Junior Suites • 4 Terrace Suites • 2 Royal Suites • 5 handicapped accessible rooms with roll in showers.


Full service spa and salon, heated pool, fitness center, only 6 blocks to the beaches.

McCabe's Pub

Very accessible, flat wooden floors, wooden seats pull out easily so that wheelchairs can slide right in.

Fifth Ave Inn:
The Inn captivates guests with an abundance of Mediterranean archways, private terraces, intimate seating areas, lavish fountains and signature pineapple finials.

By Caterina Christakos.

* Special thanks to Rachel Stiles of Visit Florida for all her help.

Fifth Avenue Webcam:
Positioned so that you can watch the action on 5th Avenue South, in the Heart of Old Naples.

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