Tips for Moving to Port Royal
Port Royal is a neighborhood in Naples known for its luxurious mansions and exclusive boating and golfing opportunities. It’s one of the best places to live in Florida.
Are you a soon-to-be resident? Here’s everything you need to know about moving to Port Royal.
Prepare for gorgeous weather
If you’re moving to Port Royal, you’re probably aware of Florida’s stellar weather reputation. The state enjoys more sunny days than any other US state. You’ll typically experience temperatures from 56-89 degrees throughout the year, which means mild winters and warm summers. Although summer days can get humid, evening rain showers help cool the temperature.
Thanks to these fabulous temperatures, you aren’t likely to need your sweaters and winter gear! Consider winterizing your wardrobe and donating any items you won’t be bringing to Florida with you. Of course, while you won’t need heavy coats in the Port Royal sunshine, there can be sudden rain showers that may catch you off guard, so make sure to always have a rain jacket on hand. The rain can be a welcome addition to cool everything down after a humid day!
Make sure your new home is fully equipped with central air conditioning to get you through those bright, sunny summers, and look into any hurricane precautions that are necessary for your area. Hurricane season is no joke to Floridians, so many homes come equipped with impact-resistant windows and doors, hurricane shutters, and roofs that can withstand wind and water damage. When touring a home, ask your Port Royal real estate agent what type of hurricane precautions are built into the house and if there is anything else you should add on.
Decide on schools
If you have kids, decide ahead of time which schools will best meet their needs. One popular choice for Port Royal families is The Community School, a private, independent, college preparatory school that educates children from preschool through 12th grade. Located in Naples, this stellar school boasts a 77-acre campus, sprawling athletic fields, and a swimming pool. The Community School is known for its 100% college acceptance rate and AP and SAT scores that rank the school as one of Florida’s best.
Another popular private school option is Seacrest Country Day School, another college preparatory school that educates students from preschool through 12th grade. Part of the progressive and elite Country Day School movement, Seacrest offers stellar academics and rigorous athletic programs.
Get ready for busy winters
You might expect that more people would be hitting the beaches during the summertime, but actually, Naples’ population booms during the winter as snowbirds head south. Prepare for increased traffic and a dramatic influx of visitors between October and April -- the population doubles during this time!
Whether you’re living in Port Royal year-round or just dropping in during the busy winter months, you should anticipate that your favorite hangouts will be busier than usual. It’s recommended that you make reservations at your favorite restaurants at least two weeks in advance of your visit. New to the area? Check out our favorite downtown restaurants to find the perfect place to enjoy a meal with family and friends.
Join the Port Royal Club
Credit: Port Royal Club
One of Florida’s finest private clubs is located right here in Port Royal! If your home comes with rights to the Port Royal Club, look over its amenities and benefits to decide whether you’ll join.
Since 1959, the Club has been committed to providing exceptional service and a lively social atmosphere to its members. Some fantastic amenities include a heated beachside pool, a relaxing spa, world-class tennis facilities, and a state-of-the-art fitness center and Pilates studio where members can take classes with certified trainers and instructors.
You’re sure to make lots of new friends at the Club-sponsored social events, from holiday celebrations for the whole family to Music on the Beach parties. Each year, the Club kicks off the season with a welcome party, and members love the barbecues held on Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, and the Fourth of July. Get fancy at the Valentine’s Day dance or New Year’s Eve on the beach, celebrated with fireworks.
Members also adore the gourmet dining options, whether that’s the Friday night seafood buffet, the Wednesday grill night, or the Sunday morning brunch. The community regularly comes together for themed dinners and summer cookouts. If you’re organizing an event, the staff will be more than happy to provide on-premise catering and dinner planning for up to 400 guests.
Set up any necessary services right away
If your Port Royal home is a secondary residence, you’ll want to find a reputable home watch service for those times when you’ll be at your primary home. Typically, people think of this service as a security precaution -- it’s never a good idea to leave a home dark and vacant for months at a time. However, there are plenty of other benefits that a home watch service can offer!
Many of these Naples-area companies provide services like house cleaning and storm season preparation. Trained and vetted professionals can clean your windows and glass doors, freshen up laundry and sheets, and provide full move-in move-out cleanings. They typically offer concierge services, from coordinating package deliveries to emergency errands; this can be particularly helpful if you’re aware of a power outage during a storm while you’re away and need someone to check on the home’s utilities. And of course, many companies offer everything you need to get through hurricane season, from preparation measures like installing hurricane shutters to post-storm assessments.
It’s also essential to hire a trusted landscape company to keep your property looking fantastic, even when you’re not on the premises. We particularly recommend Blue Landscaping for their design and monthly refresh.
You may also be hoping to redecorate upon arrival at your Port Royal property. Some of Florida’s most talented interior designers are located in Naples. We would be happy to point you in the right direction after learning more about your style and budget.
Plan to bring your boat -- or invest in one
Port Royal is a fabulous place for boating! With tons of incredible yacht clubs in the area, you’ll be ready to spend some relaxing time on the water as soon as you arrive. Many of these luxurious clubs, like the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, offer not just boating and sailing amenities but a fabulous social scene that will allow you to make great new friends. Enjoy fine dining in the Clubhouse, celebrate holidays during exciting social events, and participate in fun water activities.
Many homes in the Port Royal area feature boat slips right outside the back door, allowing immediate access to the gorgeous waterfront.
Look into your travel options
Port Royal is located at the southern end of Naples between the Gulf of Mexico and Naples Bay. Frequent travelers will love that the town is just a fifteen-minute drive from the Naples Airport, allowing you to easily hop back and forth between your multiple residences or take any necessary business trips.
Residents also benefit from concierge shuttle services to assist with their commute. This is perfect for any vacationers or frequent travelers. Thanks to Port Royal’s incredibly convenient location, you’ll be just steps away from all that the Naples lifestyle has to offer, from stunning white sand beaches to exciting downtown shopping. Getting around town is a breeze!
Schedule wellness and fitness classes
Naples is a Blue Zones project, which, according to National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, is “an area where there are a large number of people that live a longer than average life span.” The area has received various accolades from major publications like Money, the U.S. News & World Report, and Realtor.com; it has been named the Best Place in America to Live Your Longest Life, the #1 Best Beach Town to Live in 2020, and the Healthiest, Happiest, Most Relaxed City in the United States, among others.
Health and wellness are very important in this community, which is why you’ll want to find a private fitness instructor to help keep you in shape! Consider signing up for yoga classes to get some relaxation and strength training, or take the whole family on a scenic hike. You can even join a private golf course to hone your skills.
Immerse yourself in the art scene
Naples is a hub of arts and culture. The Gulfshore Playhouse puts on a full yearly calendar of performances and offers lessons to aspiring performers. There are also several nearby art festivals, which are easily accessible from Port Royal.
The whole family can enjoy taking classes at Naples Art, from programs designed to unleash kids’ creativity to adult classes where you can learn to oil paint, build with clay, or make pottery and glass jewelry.
Get involved with charitable organizations
Giving back to charitable causes is embedded in Port Royal’s DNA. Figure out what you’re passionate about and get involved! Speaking with other volunteers and givers is a great way to engage.
One of the biggest annual charitable events? The Naples Winter Wine Festival, which raises money for children’s charities. For 20 years, this festival has auctioned off incredible prizes and experiences, such as top wine vintages, a California coastal adventure, and an exclusive ski trip to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky. In 2020, the (virtual) festival raised a jaw-dropping $7.2M for local charities.
Port Royal is a playground for happiness and well-being! Looking to learn more about the area and all of its benefits? Contact us today. Matt Brown can be reached at (239) 580.8864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.