Naples truly is a paradise for beach lovers. With over 25 miles of white sand extending from Fort Myers Beach in the north to Keewaydin Island in the south, it’s easy to find a spot to call your own. Apart from the occasional pass to inland bays, otherwise the Naples coastline is an uninterrupted stretch of soft, warm sand.
All beaches are open to the public and are reachable by parks or access points at the end of roads. Simply drive west and you will reach the beach. There is metered parking at the street access points and paid access at the parks.
Naples is a little different than many beach towns in that there is no boardwalk or retail along the beaches. You won’t find t-shirt shops, convenience stores or restaurants. Naples beaches are bordered by stunning single-family homes, condo buildings, parks and preserves, and just a few hotels.
Designated parks will offer facilities, activities and amenities like restrooms, concessions and water sports. You can always bring in your own cooler (alcoholic beverages are not permitted), beach chairs, and toys with you.
Here is a list of Naples area beaches that offer facilities and plenty of space for you and your family to spread out and soak in the natural beauty that the coast of Naples has to offer.
Naples Beach areas from north to south are:
- Barefoot Beach – Collier County Park
- Delnor-Wiggins – Florida State Park
- Vanderbilt Beach – Collier Co. Park
- Clam Pass Beach – Collier Co. Park
- Lowdermilk Park – Naples City Park
- Naples Beach & Pier – Naples City Park
Barefoot Beach Preserve
Barefoot Beach is a hidden gem that for the most part, only locals know about. To get there turn south onto Barefoot Beach Blvd., which is about 100 yards from the western end of Bonita Beach Road. Take the long brick road all the way south until you arrive at the Barefoot Beach Park entrance. The park is 342 acres of undeveloped barrier island habitat. There are trails and a raised walkway that crisscrosses through the preserve. Rangers conduct guided canoe tours through the back-bay and you’re likely to see many friendly tortoises in the vegetation. There are 3 parking areas and the beach stretches all the way south to Wiggins Pass.
Facilities include: Showers, restrooms, snack bar, fishing ramps, picnic tables, fishing gear rental.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach
(Photo by Beachhunter.net)
This park is at the western end of Immokalee Road in north Naples. The park is a lush wildlife habitat with mangroves covering 80% of the area. It offers several shaded picnic and grilling areas along the length of the beach. A concession stand is available, as well as restrooms.
Facilities include: Five parking areas, picnic tables, BBQ’s, boardwalks, showers, bathhouses, picnic pavilion, observation tower, boat-launching ramp, swimming, boating and fishing, restrooms.
(Photo by Naplesluxuryhomespecialist.com)
This park is at the western end of Vanderbilt Beach Road. A parking garage is available off of Vanderbilt Road on the south side of the street. Vanderbilt beach is located near several hotels, and concessions and water sport rentals are available. There are a few hotel restaurants nearby in the Naples Ritz Carlton and across the street from the beach entrance.
Facilities include: Freshwater showers, lifeguards, grills, picnic tables, boat ramp, observation tower, restrooms. Public parking in lot next to the Ritz Carlton.
Clam Pass Beach
(Photo by Victoria Wright Photos)
This park is at the western end of Pine Ridge Road (Seagate Drive). There’s a 0.6-mile boardwalk that winds through the mangroves to the beach from the parking area. A free golf cart tram is available for beachgoers not wanting to walk. The concession area has plenty to offer as far as snacks, sunscreen and beverages. The rental stand has towels, chairs and beach umbrellas, along with a wide assortment of beach gear, including wind surfers, canoes, Hobie Cats and aqua bikes.
Facilities include: Scenic boardwalk, kayak and catamaran rentals, beach chairs, trolley ride, outdoor showers, restrooms, snack bar.
Lowdermilk Park Beach
(Photo by Naplesgov.com)
Lowdermilk is at the very northern end of the Naples City Beach, just off of South Gulf Shore Blvd. The park offers a playground facility, pavilion, restrooms, and a concession stand. This is a great community park and very popular, so make sure you get there early to find a parking space.
Facilities include: Volleyball courts, snack bar, restrooms, picnic areas.
Naples Beach and Pier
(Photo by DennisGoodmanPhotography.com)
The Naples City beach stretches 6 miles from Gordon Pass on the south side to Doctors Pass on the north side. The nice thing about the Naples City beach is easy access. Parking for the beach is available at the western end of most residential streets between 7th Avenue North, to 19th Avenue South (26 blocks of parking). Many of the access points also have an outdoor shower available for rinsing.
The Naples Fishing Pier is located at the west end of 12th Avenue South and offers plenty of parking. The Pier is a Naples landmark and one of the best places to watch the sunset. A refreshment stand sits on the pier along with hungry pelicans. These large birds are regular visitors that love begging for leftovers from the fisherman. Dolphins, schools of stingrays and fish can also be seen from the pier.
Facilities include: Fishing pier, snack bar, restrooms, outdoor showers, restrooms, parking.
Naples area beaches are known worldwide for stunning Gulf sunsets, soft white sand, calm waters and raw natural beauty. They have won prestigious awards from top travel companies like TripAdvisor and Frommers and are a highlight of any southwest Florida vacation. With easy access, quality facilities, and scenic surroundings—Naples beaches very disappoint. The biggest dilemma you’ll face is choosing which beach to make yours for the day.
We hope to see you on a Naples beach soon!
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