If you’re looking for miles of pristine white sand beaches on Florida’s gulf coast, look no further than the 30 miles of beaches in Naples. Unlike many of Florida’s other beach towns, Naples beaches aren’t very crowded with bars, restaurants, hotels and shops and stores, but residential housing – so it’s a much quieter, family-friendly beach atmosphere compared to other Florida hotspots such as Daytona and Miami. All Naples beaches are open to the public and welcome beach-goers to bring along coolers, beach toys and blankets and chairs should they so please. Almost all of them also offer some sort of parking.
There are seven Naples beaches. We’ve listed them in order, from north to south:
- Bonita: The furthest north of the Naples beaches offers rental chair, picnic tables and a shower area for beach-goers. And if just lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun doesn’t quite meet your fancy, the beach also offers jet ski rentals.
- Barefoot: Barefoot Beach is more than just a Naples beach, but a 300-plus acre park complete with a barrier island, boardwalks and walking trails and guided walking and canoe tours throughout the beautiful beach grounds. It’s one of the most popular of the Naples beaches.
- Delnor-Wiggins: This Naples beach is part beach, part wildlife habitat. In fact, about 80 percent of the beach grounds consist of mangroves and other wildlife. Beach-goers can also picnic and grill on the beach grounds and a concession stand is also on the grounds.
- Vanderbilt: This beach is one of the few that have commercial development in the region. In addition to being a beach hot-spot, water sport rentals are also offered.
- Clam Pass: Arguably the most popular of all the Naples beaches, Clam Pass is perfect for the whole family. It’s complete with a nice boardwalk and offers a rental area where the likes of towels, chairs, umbrellas and canoes, wind surfers and even water bikes can be rented.
- Lowdermilk Park: This beach features amenities such as a playground, bathhouse and a concession stand.
- Naples Beach/Pier: This beach stretches about six miles and is the easiest to access of all the Naples beaches. It features a pier at the midway point of the beach, where beach-goers can take in pelican birds and often catches glimpses of dolphins and sting rays. It’s bordered by million-dollar housing complexes and is one of the most frequented of all the beaches in Naples.