Naples Florida Beaches
If you are looking for beautiful beaches, family-friendly beaches, easy access beaches, and beaches with outstanding sunsets, then Naples has the best beaches in Florida. Naples Florida beaches have easy direct access. Wherever you are in Naples FL, just head west and you will find the beach. The entire Naples area borders the beach. There are no bridges to cross to get to the beach. The source of traffic jams and bottleneck for most other Florida beach communities.
Naples 16 miles of beach are all public. There is no road or highway that runs along the beach. The beaches are either bordered by residential neighborhoods (single family homes or condos) or by Parks and Preserves. To get to the beach you park your car near one of the many access points, and walk through a residential neighborhood or one of the parks.
Condo neighborhoods along the beach are very residential. Nearly all condo buildings restrict rentals to 90 day minimums. Residents of these buildings do not want that hotel feel common in other Florida beach communities.
Naples beaches have a residential feel, not a tourist feel
Streets that parallel the beach are a block or more away and are also residential. There are no retail shops, fast-food joints, or t-shirt shops along these streets. These streets provide access to the private residences or the parks and preserves, they are not thoroughfares.
Naples Unique Beach
Naples' beach ease of access, makes it very unique when compared to other beach communities. Because of the easy access, it is perfect for a quick visit or long daily strolls.
To spend a day at the beach there are three options:
- Pack your cooler, chair, umbrella, etc.
- Stay at one of the few hotels on the beach
- Or hang out in or near one of the park areas. Park areas will have concessions available.
Naples Beach Access Points
Access to Naples beaches is either through residential neighborhoods, or through city, county or state parks. Roads off of Tamiami Trail North (US 41) lead to Naples beaches. During the peak winter season months of Feb and March, parking in the city, county and state park areas can fill up on occasion. So if planning to spend the day at one of the parks, it is best to get there early.
The red dots and lines on the map below show the access points to the Naples Beach. Unless you are living or staying on the beach, you need to get to one of those red points to gain beach access.
City of Naples Beaches
In the Naples downtown area, just head west off of US41 on one of the avenues (avenues run east-west), and it will take you to the beach. At the end of every avenue from 7th Avenue North to 21st Avenue South there is beach parking available. If all the parking spots are taken, just check out the next avenue. There is also plenty of parking in the Naples Pier area.
The Naples city beach area is a single family home neighborhood. Except for the Naples Pier, there are no concessions or restroom facilities on or off this beach area. The Pier is located at the end of 12th Avenue South. Also, just two block from the Naples Pier, is Naples Third Street Shopping and dining district.
Naples Beach Hotel
At 7th Avenue North you have the Naples Beach Hotel. The hotels’ restaurants and outdoor snack bar is open to the public. The hotel also has a popular sunset party every Sunday.
A little further north past the Naples Beach Hotel on Gulf Shore Blvd is Naples Laudermilk beach park. The park has concessions, sand volleyball courts, and a large children’s play ground.
Moorings and Park Shore Beaches
The Moorings and Park Shore beaches are lined by condo communities. Beach access is through four public access point, off of Gulf Shore Blvd North. These beaches can be reached by going west on Park Shore Drive off of US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd North.
There are no concessions on these beaches. But at the end of Park Shore Drive is Venetian Village with shops and dining.
Clam Pass Beach
Head west on Seagate off of US 41 and you will end up at Collier County’s Clam Pass Beach Park. The parking area is a little over one-half mile to the beach area. From the parking area there is a walkway through a mangrove forest to the the beach. There is a shuttle available that goes back an forth on the trail for those not interested in walking. Clam pass has many concessions, chairs, water toys and restrooms available.
Vanderbilt Beach Park
Vanderbilt Beach Park, is really not much of a park. It is more of an entry point to the beach at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road (off of US 41). There is a restroom facility there, and some limited concessions. The area also has a parking ramp.
From the parking area, it is a short walk along the beach to the Ritz-Carlton. The Naples Ritz has outdoor dining area on the beach that is open to the public.
Delnor-Wiggins State Beach Park
At the end of Immokalee Rd off of US 41, is the entrance to Delnor-Wiggins State Park. It is a mile long beach area bordering 166 acres of protected preserve. There are concession, picnic tables, and walking trails. The park is popular spot for shore fishing.
Barefoot Beach Park Preserve
Delnor-Wiggins Park ends at Wiggin’s Pass, the outlet of the Cocohatchee River. On the other side of Wiggin’s Pass is the end of Barefoot Beach Park. Entrance to the park is near the western edge of Bonita Beach Road. Turn south on Barefoot Beach Blvd.
Barefoot Beach has 342 acres of protected preserves and lands. There are walking trails, picnic tables, concessions, guided tours and interpretive centers at the park.
There is abundant wildlife viewing at all beaches.