Beaches of Naples and Marco Island

Stroll along the Paradise Coast and the magic in the sand, the air, and the water with captivate you, for the beaches that line the shores of Naples are the most popular of all its natural attractions. They offer you spectacular sunsets and a therapeutic retreat from the busy world. The gentle waters and powdery white sandy beaches provide an ideal setting to relax, read a book, people watch, take a nice long leisurely walk, and splash in the gentle waves. The younger crowd can enjoy a game of volleyball, throw a Frisbee, sunbathe, or frolic in the surf. The Paradise Coast is famous for its beaches that stretch from the northern tip of Collier County, through the city of Naples, along Marco Island’s crescent shoreline and into the deserted Ten Thousand Islands region of the Everglades. No matter what your interests, Naples’ beaches will satisfy your desire for fun in the sun.

All beaches are public beaches. Our beach parks range from those with full facilities to simple access points perfect for long beach walks on deserted sands. Within the Naples area, just drive west and you will reach the beach. Within the city of Naples the streets end at the beach, with meter parking. Designated beach areas that have concessions available are state, county or city parks, or areas that facilitate parking and access to the shore. Numerous beach access points in downtown Naples, as well as Tigertail Beach Park on Marco Island, are perfect for visitors staying at nearby off-beach hotels and all beachfront resorts in Naples and Marco Island provide easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is different than many beach communities in that there is no retail along the Naples beaches in terms of shirt shops, fast food, restaurants, stores, etc. Those types of services are away from the beach. Naples beaches differ in that are bordered by single-family homes neighborhood, condos, or parks and preserves. Naples designated beach areas differ by their surroundings, facilities, activities and amenities. You can always bring in your own cooler, beach gear and toys with you. Once on a beach, you can walk until you reach a pass. But, in most cases, once you walk away from the designated beach area, the opportunity to find refreshments are very limited or nonexistent. You could have a 3-mile walk before you came upon another designated beach with a concession available.

North Gulf Shore Boulevard Beach Access: Walking path from Seagate Drive and North Gulf Shore Boulevard amid an upscale setting of condominiums. The county beach parking lot at the end of Seagate Drive requires a beach parking sticker. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Naples Florida beaches, like Vanderbilt Beach, Lowdermilk Beach Park, and Naples Municipal Beach (Naples Pier) are more densely populated with tourists and locals. Other beaches, such as Delnor Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area, and Clams Pass Beach Park are a little less populated and more secluded. Listed from north to south, the Naples Beach areas are: Barefoot Beach, Delnor-Wiggins, Vanderbilt Beach, Clam Pass Beach, Lowdermilk Beach, Naples Municipal Beach & Pier. Barefoot Beach County Park is comprised of 342 acres on a barrier island in a natural setting. It was named one of America’s Top Ten Beaches by Dr. Beach. It features a boardwalk and a one-mile nature trail with wildlife. There are restrooms and showers at the park. A concession offers food, drinks and limited beach equipment. There are 256 parking spaces as well as a handicapped beach wheelchair available at this site. Numerous animal species reside in this natural setting and visitors enjoy the park’s pristine surroundings. The park includes a gorgeous natural beach, plus nature trails and canoe tours. You’ll find a smaller version of Barefoot Beach County Park 20 feet off of Bonita Beach Road on Lely Barefoot Blvd. A 350-car parking lot provides access to this beach park. Picnic shelters are located on the beach and there are restrooms, showers and beach concession nearby. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a 166-acre narrow barrier island on Florida’s southwest coast, separated from the mainland by mangrove swamps and tidal creeks, which are an outlet for the Cocohatchee River. There is over one mile of unspoiled beach, which has been rated one of the best beaches in the nation. The park is a good place for fishing, sunbathing, shelling, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and canoeing, plus there’s plenty of shade for picnicking, birding and relaxing. It has a boat ramp and concessions, and on the north end of the island there is a tower from which you can get a great view of Wiggins Pass. Vanderbilt Beach County Park visitors enjoy bird watching and shelling at this white-sand beach. Beach equipment rental is available. There are 152 parking spaces with easy handicap accessibility to the beach, rest rooms and showers. Bicycle racks are located close to the beach. There is also a 340-space parking garage for public use located just west of the Ritz Hotel entrance. Early arrival is suggested during season as finding parking can be a challenge during peak times of the year. Located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road. Conner Park spans two strips of land on either side of 111th Ave. There are 80 parking spaces at this North Naples beach just a short walk away. Conner Park’s 5 acres offer an open play area, walking paths, a three-quarter-mile walking trail and fishing in the Turkey Bay Channel. Clam Pass County Park has one of the most popular beach access points in Naples. The park consists of 35 acres of mangrove forest, coastal dunes and a 3200-ft. beach on the Gulf of Mexico. A stroll along the boardwalk leading to the beach affords opportunity to view marine life, coastal birds and butterflies. There are 182 parking spaces and a handicapped beach wheelchair is available. Mini-trams shuttle visitors from the parking area to a white-sand beach. There are restrooms at the beach. Concessions sell food and drinks and rent chairs, cabanas, canoes, kayaks and other water sports equipment where you can enjoy fishing or paddling in the calm waters of Clam Pass.Lowdermilk Park on Naples Beach is one of the most popular locations, because of its beautiful beach and acres of grassy dunes, activities, convenience, and concessions for food and beverage. The park offers picnic tables, sand volleyball courts, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, gazeboes, pavilion, bathhouse, restrooms and outdoor showers. There areas for cookouts and family reunions. Lots of shade for protected lounging, but arrive early if you want one of those prize Tiki Hut’s, because it does get hot in the summer. Watch beautiful sunsets on the sand or in the lush green grass under the tropical trees. Sand chairs available for beach-goers who require a wheelchair. There are various metered and non-metered parking lots. Like most Collier County beach areas, parking is free, sunrise to sunset, with a county permit.

Marco Island Beaches – South Marco Beach. Access One of two public beach access points on Marco Island, the 70-space parking lot is located on Swallow Avenue and is a short walk across South Collier Boulevard to a one-acre beach access. It’s a great spot for shelling, beach fishing or dolphin watching. Parking lot and restroom facilities located on Swallow Avenue. Tigertail Beach County Park has five boardwalks leading from the mangrove lined 190-car parking area to the beach. White sand, shelling, tidal pool exploration and a playground make this a great family beach and one of the most popular in the area. There is a bathhouse and restrooms at the beach. A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at this site, and a concession offers beach equipment rentals, food, and drinks. Note: collecting live shells is not permitted within county parks, but you can walk the shorelines to find a variety of shells and sand dollar or two. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission lists Tigertail Beach as one of the best birding sites in Southwest Florida. Sugden Regional Park has a playground, picnic areas, amphitheater, pavilions, paved fitness trail, 60-acre lake, plus paddleboats and swimming beach. Caxambas Park, between two condo complexes, has a playground and picnic area along with a boat ramp, bait, fuel and docking. No beach at this site. Boat Launch Ramps are located at: Bayview Park, Danford Street, Naples, Caxambas Park, Collier Court, Marco Island, Cocohatchee River Park, Vanderbilt Drive, Naples, Collier Boulevard Boating Park, Golden Gate Boat Launch (to canal), Ann Olesky Park (formerly called Lake Trafford).

Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach County Park has five boardwalks leading from the mangrove lined 190-car parking area to the beach. White sand, shelling, tidal pool exploration and a playground make this a great family beach and one of the most popular in the area. There is a bathhouse and restrooms at the beach. A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at this site, and a concession offers beach equipment rentals, food, and drinks. Note: collecting live shells is not permitted within county parks, but you can walk the shorelines to find a variety of shells and sand dollar or two. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission lists Tigertail Beach as one of the best birding sites in Southwest Florida. Sugden Regional Park has a playground, picnic areas, amphitheater, pavilions, paved fitness trail, 60-acre lake, plus paddleboats and swimming beach. Caxambas Park, between two condo complexes, has a playground and picnic area along with a boat ramp, bait, fuel and docking. No beach at this site.

Visit now and you’ll discover how Naples’ old-Florida charm and character blend into the modern, upscale style of some of the most beautiful, master-planned communities for families and retirees. Yes, climate, dining and shopping, cultural attractions, over 100 golf courses, and the beautiful beaches help make Naples home to a wonderful lifestyle. Make it your home, too.

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