Naples has some of the most amazing beaches in the nation. Every year hundred thousands of visitors come and spend their vacation along the Gulf Coast.
Vanderbilt Beach has everything you need for a complete day at the beach. Take advantage of the affordable covered parking, public restrooms, and foot showers. Pop open a beach chair and scan the horizon for dolphins as sun rays stream through the clouds. Later, head to Ritz Carlton’s walk-up bar and restaurant Gumbo Limbo for a premiere beach dining experience under the sunset. The Beach Box Café is also a mainstay for locals and visitors for a morning breakfast bagel, or cocktail after dark. The café’s attached store offers an assortment of beach essentials in case you forget your sunscreen. This business also maintains a crew of volunteer beach cleaners, which as a beachgoer, we know you’ll appreciate.
Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park
If you would like to bring your family to a white sandy beach to grill and chill, try Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park for shaded picnic seating and charcoal grills. Show up at noon and watch the tide come in, take a boat tour, scuba dive to a reef, or walk along the twisting nature trails (wheelchair accessible). Beach wheelchairs and accessible bathrooms can also be found here. Paid parking is a breeze.
Visit Lowdermilk Park for its boardwalk vibes, and find everything you need for an activity-filled day. The concession stand offers burgers, dogs, cones, and more. With a little planning, you can even enjoy your snacks in a rented gazebo next to a volleyball court (also perfect for large events, and very affordable if your friend or relative is a Collier County resident and offers to book in their name!). This park has several showers, picnic tables and a playground for youngsters. Metered parking next to the beach is very inexpensive, (pro-tip the meters take quarters only)!
Get your fishing and views in, without venturing too far from the trappings of downtown Naples, at Naples Pier. Daytime sightseers will appreciate the pier’s central location, and expansive views. History buffs and curious visitors will appreciate Naples Backyard History History museum, and Naples Historical Society only a block or two away. When evening comes, take a stroll down Naples’ own 5th avenue to grab a bite at one of the city’s famed Italian restaurants.
Trek north from Delnor Wiggins, and you will find the unique formations of Bonita Beach and a series of barrier islands. The scene at Bonita is one of new luxury development, with boardwalks, showers, and secluded beach access points. At low tide, search the beach for piles of delicate white shells. Doc’s Beach House is your go-to for all eating and rental needs. Try a slice of their Chicago-style pizza (we don’t know why either, but it’s good). You may rent jet skis, parasails, sailboats, and arrange dolphin tours here for an unforgettable experience.
Clam Pass Park
Clam Pass Park of Collier County is surprisingly accessible for being so tucked away. Enter from the foliage-lined bike path, and lock up your bike in the provided bicycle parking. If you prefer public transit, the beach is also serviced by Collier Area Transit (CAT) buses. Or, drive and plan to pay the meter using credit cards only. The parking area connects to an expansive pubic beach through the Clam Pass Beach Path. Located just at the end of the path, Rhode’s End restaurant boasts Mediterranean food with spacious outdoor seating and beachy views. The beach offers restroom facilities, foot showers, beach wheelchairs, and a life jacket loaner program (great for borrowing life vests for the kiddos). It is easy to see why this is a popular, northern Naples destination.