To-do's and No-No's in NAPLES...
...or what you should do or what you shouldn't do!
  All statements on this site are important - no matter of first or last.
  1. Sun Smart... Begin your days in the sun with a very high sunscreen protection factor (SPF) lotion. For children and fair skin, use no less than waterproof 30 SPF. Be sure to re-apply sunscreen after swimming and at regular intervals throughout the day. Hats and sunglasses provide additional protection for the face. Use zinc ointment for nose and other sensitive and highly exposed areas. The sun is strongest between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Don’t be fooled by clouds and haze. They intensify rather than soften the sun’s effect. Being in and around the water also increases the burning potential of the sun’s rays. Cool minor burns with an aloe vera product. If immediate blistering occurs, see a doctor.
  2. Drink to your Health... Staying hydrated is crucial in sub-tropical climates. If you plan on biking, playing tennis, or participating in other outdoor activities, drink at least 12 ounces of water before you step out the door. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, even if you’re only walking or lying on the beach. After coming in from the sun, drink water beyond satiation, and continue to do so throughout the day. Juice and sports drinks are okay, but water is best. Remember that alcohol is very dehydrating, so limit wine, beer and liquor intake as much as possible.
  3. Bad Weather... Thunderstorms and lightning are common summer occurrences in Florida. They are lovely to watch – from inside. At the first rumbles of thunder, seek shelter immediately. Never stay in the water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can strike far beyond the center of a storm.
  4. Can’t Stand the Heat... The interior of a car in Florida is comparable to the inside of an oven. Videotapes have been known to melt while left inside for a short time. Think what the heat could do to a child or pet! It is unlawful to leave small children and pets locked in cars in Florida because the heat can be fatal within a very short time. Never leave a child or pet in a car alone, even with the windows cracked, even if you’re “just running in quick” to the convenience store.
  5. Topless is forbidden... Some cultures, especially the one in North America, have even begun to apply the social interdiction on female toplessness to prepubescent and even infant girls, who may be dressed by their parents in bikinis or one-piece swimsuits on beaches and at water parks. This trend toward covering the female nipple from infancy onward is particularly noticeable in the United States and the Middle-East, but is much less common in Europe] and Latin America.
  6. Speedos? Only if you have to... How to spot an European man from 300 feet away? He wears a speedo! And it covers just the important parts of a man's body. Ninety percent of all Americans don't accept speedo and think that it is not proper to wear it. Most Americans wear swim shorts.
  7. To drink alcohol... at the beach is forbidden. Not even a BUD LIGHT is allowed. And don't carry beer or liquor openly in your car. Put it in the trunk.
  8. Any kind of glass... at the beach is strictly forbidden. Think - it could be broken and what would happen if somebody would step on it.
  9. Parking at the beach... isn't FREE. Read our hints regarding BEACH PARKING... New window opens up...
  10. A map... of Naples is so important to get an overview. Buy one at the gas station for 2 Dollars or less. To inform oneself is a map better than any navigation system.
  11. Buy a Sunday Newspaper... to get a TV program for the week and to get COUPONS and see ADS is very useful... New window opens up...
  12. Golfers from EUROPE... should know that all distances on score cards are in YARDS to the CENTER of the GREEN. Measurements in Germany are to the BEGIN of the GREEN. And 100 yards are 90 meters. More information for Golfers here... New window opens up...
  13. A tip... of at least 15% is common in Restaurants. Add it on top - but pay attention - some Restaurants put it already on the invoice. FOR GOLFERS: If a person takes your bag out of the trunk or cleans yours clubs at the end of your round - give him a dollar. No tips in supermarkets and shops.
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Status: AUG 2010
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