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Old 07-06-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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We a newly married white couple, late 20's, no kids, currently living in Las Vegas.
I work in fine dining an earn around 65k a year after taxes.
She is a high volume bartender and earns 80k a year after taxes.
We pay 1700 a month in rent and drive beemers, we are used to nice things and want to keep our standard of living.

Our question... is Naples right for us or is there a better option?

We recently visited south beach thinking this may be a perfect fit but were less than thrilled with the area. The rent was insanely high for what you get and since we don't speak fluent spanish, the job market isn't exactly welcoming.

We want to relocate to Florida to be on or near the beaches. We are considering all options but Naples is currently our first pick. Any advice positive or is welcome. We are most interested in learning if the restaurant and bar scene is easy to get a job in and how hard it is to find decent living accommodations.

Thanks in advance for all the advice.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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Do what we did: Wait another 40/50 years until you are retired.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Full time in the RV
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Don't come to Naples.

My kid is in that field and she had an insanely hard time getting a job-even with experience-and she has lived here all her life..

You will never make that kind of money here. The business is seasonal and you will starve in the summer.

Decent housing is easy to find if you have the budget. $1700 a month would get you a fantastic place.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Marco Island
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If you want to come here for the weather and the beaches and those things are important to you, you would probably be able to make it work. If you like to be outside and prefer staying home to going out, Naples is great. The social scene is not why people like Naples so if that is important to you then this may not be the right place.

Like RMD said, you will need to be disciplined with your budget because you will make all of your money in season and that is difficult for some people. I don't think you will have too much trouble finding a place to live since it is just the two of you, especially if you don't have pets.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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You will never make this much $$$ here, Naples is VERY seasonal and like RMD said, you'll starve in the summer.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: New England
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Good luck with that. Ur living in a fantasy world if u think you'll be making anything close to that in the food industry down here. I work for an upscale hotel chain with a degree in culinary arts and during the summer in most places you're lucky if you are getting 25 hours a week. Most people in the culinary/food industry take the month of July off because it's so slow. My husband and I are looking to move elsewhere just to make what we SHOULD be making in our fields (we make about 90k combined and that's underpaid and not enough to live in Naples) if I were you I'd take some week d trips to Cali beaches
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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I second what Sweetbottoms said. 30-45 Grand a year is what you will make, not 60 -80 Grand each
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Naples, Florida
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I see you posted a LONG time ago, but I am super interested in knowing if you finally moved to Naples after all. South beach living and Naples beach living are extremely different. Naples is nothing like Miami, I was born in Miami, but raised in Naples... I think its safe to say its a requirement to speak Spanish in Miami and its a requirement to speak English in Naples...Im not being thaaaaaat serious, but really if I was thinking of relocating to FL and went to South Beach first as a possible area to relocate, I would second guess myself too. Naples, Florida is a lot nicer, the beaches are a lot nicer and the people seem to be genuinely happier here... after all Naples was ranked one of the happiest places to live...[url]https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2017/10/18/naples-area-one-u-s-happiest-cities-national-geographic-says/777164001/[/url]
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:00 PM
 
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Wondering if anyone is familiar with RESERVE AT NAPLES ? Tks
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Old 08-18-2018, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Coral Gables / Bonita Springs
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the beaches are a lot nicer and the people seem to be genuinely happier here... after all Naples was ranked one of the happiest places to live...https://www.naplesnews.com/story/new...ays/777164001/
Beaches are nicer than South Beach?? give me a break . 90 degree water, no waves, greenish color, etc.

I moved here for the 'happier' reasons you mentioned above, but please, don't compare Naples beaches to South Beach, FT Lauderdale Beach, Key Biscayne, etc.

I'll give some people the 'siesta key vs south beach' argument because the sand is much nicer/prettier, but that's about it .
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