Beachfront for Big Crowds
It’s difficult to find a space big enough to hold a larger crowd while maintaining a sense of intimacy—especially on the beach! We recommend trying the Beach House at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., 239-598-330, ritzcarlton.com—it’s a new event space that feels more like a cottage, but comes with the perks of full catering services and expert staff. The second floor of the two-story Beach House has breathtaking ocean views, and is perfect for a sit-down or buffet-style reception for 120–150 guests, as well as entertainment and dancing. Ceremonies can be held directly on the beach, or inside on the first floor. Plus, the Beach House is located steps away from the hotel, so everyone can stay in the same spot. Rental fee: $7,500 and up; catering: $85 per person and up.