In September 1985, just three months before the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, alligator trappers snag an early guest to the luxury resort on the property. Fast forward to 2010 and readers of Travel + Leisure vote The Beach Resort No. 1 in Florida and one of the best 25 hotels in the U.S. The resort also made Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List, ranking it among the finest hotels in the world. Eric Strachan/Staff

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In September 1985, just three months before the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, alligator trappers snag an early guest to the luxury resort on the property. Fast forward to 2010 and readers of Travel + Leisure vote The Beach Resort No. 1 in Florida and one of the best 25 hotels in the U.S. The resort also made Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List, ranking it among the finest hotels in the world. Eric Strachan/Staff

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