Florida's Paradise Coast boasts more than 30 miles of pristine beaches, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy your own secluded stretch of white sand framed by turquoise and blue waters. Whether it’s a long walk on a secluded beach, a stand-up paddleboard excursion into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico or a sunset watch party, the area’s unspoiled beaches provides something for everyone of all ages. For the ultimate beach escape, venture to one of the many nearby island beaches accessible only by boat. You can rent a boat for a day or take one of the many sightseeing boats and shelling tours. Many of the Gulf front resorts offer long stretches of beach and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. If you're staying at off-beach hotels or don’t live on the beach, you will find many public access beach parks – some with full facilities and others with simple, easily accessible entry points.
Public Beaches and Beach Access in Collier County
Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park – a naturalist's dream come true where you can explore the undeveloped barrier island on your own or by ranger-led programs to learn about the flora and fauna, including the gopher turtle, some of which reside in the upland areas at the preserve.
505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Naples, 34112 - 239.252.4000*
Clam Pass Beach Park – comprises a 35-acre coastal habitat and preserve, with a mini-tram over a boardwalk. You can take the tram or enjoy a leisurely stroll while discovering a variety of bird species and other marine life. Clam Pass is also great for paddling and the beach park has a restaurant and watersports rentals.
465 Seagate Dr., Naples, 34103 - 239.252.4000*
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - one of 17 Collier County sites on the Great Florida Birding Trail's Southern Section, has a mangrove forest and tidal pools, an observation tower and boardwalks. Kayakers can paddle through estuaries and snorkelers can explore the hard bottom reef in the Gulf.
11100 Gulfshore Dr., Naples, 34108 - 239.597.6196
Lowdermilk Park – this beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, picnic tables, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond. There are also restrooms, outdoor showers and a handicapped beach wheelchair ramp.
1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 34102 - 239.213.3029
Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier - built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, The Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900's. Part of the structure as well as the post office located on the pier was razed by fire in 1922. Rebuilt after damage by hurricanes in 1910, 1926 and 1960, it remains a public symbol of the area's history. Restroom facilities are available, and small concession stand is located at the halfway point of the pier.
25 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102 - 239.213.3062
North Gulf Shore Boulevard Beach – a walking path provides access to the Gulf beach in North Naples. County parking is available only from the end of Seagate Drive, but the access itself serves pedestrians from the ends of both Seagate and North Gulf Shore Boulevard.
167 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103
Vanderbilt Beach Park - a wonderland of white sands dotted with sea oats, abundant shells and several species of birds, provides convenient public access to the Gulf of Mexico. A covered parking garage is located just outside the park entrance.
100 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples, 34108
Keewaydin Island - is an eight-mile-long barrier island located between Naples and Marco Island. The beach seems to stretch endlessly on this island, which is only 20 percent developed with private homes. The remainder is undeveloped land under the stewardship of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The island is only accessible by boat. There are boat rentals available from both Naples and Marco Island, and several daily sightseeing boat tours include stops for passengers to collect shells and stroll the sands.
There are several white sand beach islands within Everglades National Park approved for camping. Whether you paddle there in a kayak or take a small boat, you'll find plenty of eco-exploration on the water followed by a night under the stars. Permits for beach island camping are required and may be obtained at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City.
Other Popular Beach Access Points
Barefoot Beach Access
5901 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs, 34134 - 239.252.4000*
Bluebill Parking Lot Access
100 Bluebill Ave., Naples, 34108 - 239.252.4000*
Conner Park Beach Parking
492 Bluebill Dr., Naples, 34108 - 239.252.4000*
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