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So, you're interested in Naples, Florida, Beaches? Listed below is a profile of most of the beaches in Collier County, the County in which Naples resides. The Paradise Coast, as this area is called, is famous for its sugar white sand beaches that stretch from Barefoot Beach Preserve at the northern tip of the County, throughout the city of Naples, along the four miles of Marco Island's crescent shoreline, and into the deserted Ten Thousand Island region of the Everglades. The beach parks range from those with full facilities to simple access points perfect for long beach walks on deserted sands. There are numerous beach access points in downtown Naples, as well as Tigertail Beach Park and the South Beach public access on Marco Island. You will find beautiful surroundings, warm sands and spectacular sunsets no matter where you choose to lose your shoes and dip your toes in the sand. 1. South Marco Beach Location: South Collier Blvd., Marco Island Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $4/day, 70 space lot on Swallow Ave, a short walk across South Collier Blvd. Amenities: 2 miles of beach, restroom at the parking lot Activities: swimming, fishing, shelling, walking, sunbathing Pets: no Of Special Interest: Walk between two high rise condos to access the beach, but once there, the beautiful white beach is 150 feet wide and slopes gradually to the water. 2. Tigertail Beach County Park Location: Hernando Drive, Marco Island Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $4/day Amenities: ½ mile of beach, concessions for food & drinks and rentals, playground, restrooms, boardwalk, barbeque areas with picnic tables, butterfly garden, handicapped accessible and handicapped wheelchair Activities: swimming, fishing, shelling, walking, sunbathing, birding Pets: no Of Special Interest: One of the most popular in the County and listed as a birding site by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. There are no condominiums or homes on Tigertail Beach. 3. Naples Beach Accesses Location: west end of most numbered and named streets along S.Gulfshore Blvd., Naples Phone: 239-213-7120 Naples Community Services
Hours: dawn to dusk Parking: metered & limited Amenities: 5.5 miles of mostly quiet residential beachfront. No restrooms. Handicapped accessible at 17th Ave S, 4th Ave S, 6th Ave S, 8th Ave S, Horizon Way, Vedado Way & Via Miramar. Showers at Vedado Way, Via Miramar & Horizon Way, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 18th, 21st & 33rd Avenues South and 2nd, 6th and 7th Avenues North. Activities: swimming, fishing, shelling, sunbathing, walking Pets: no 4. North Gulf Shore Boulevard Beach Location: between Seagate Condominiums & North Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: Metered at the end of Seagate Drive, beach is accessible at both the end of Seagate and North Gulf Shore Blvd via foot. Amenities: none Activities: swimming, shelling, fishing, sunbathing, walking Pets: no Of Special Interest: Located in a very upscale area of high rise condominiums and a bit difficult to find. 5. Naples Beach & Pier Location: west end of 12th Avenue South, Naples Phone: 239-213-3062 Naples Fishing Pier Hours: Pier and Beach open 24 hours. Concessions: 9 AM to sunset on weekends, 10 AM to sunset on weekdays. Parking: Metered on street parking and parking lot one block East with additional parking at beach ends of Avenues to the North & South. Amenities: food concession, bait shop, restrooms, picnic tables, handicapped access, showers Activities: pier fishing (no license required), volleyball, sunset watching, swimming, walking, sunbathing, surfing Pets: no Of Special Interest: The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Naples. Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. 6. Lowdermilk Park Location: west end of Banyan Blvd at Gulf Shore Blvd N. Phone: 239-213-7120 Naples Community Services Hours: dawn to dusk Parking: metered, 125 spaces Amenities: 750 feet of beach, lushly landscaped, boardwalk, handicapped accessible and handicapped wheelchair, food concessions, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, playground, volleyball courts Activities: volleyball, swimming, sunset watching, sailboat regatta watching, sunbathing, walking Pets: no Of Special Interest: Popular with families with children.
7. Clam Pass County Park Location: Seagate Drive & Crayton Road, North Naples Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $8/vehicle Amenities: picnic tables, showers, concessions for food & drinks and equipment rentals, handicapped accessible & handicapped wheelchair, next to Naples Grande Beach Resort Activities: swimming, fishing, shelling, nature walks Pets: no Of Special Interest: 35 acres of coastal habitat. Beach access is from a 3/4 mile board-walk to the sandy beach. Free tram available. The boardwalk is a destination itself for those who love quiet nature. The Park abounds with wading shorebirds, eagles, hawks and osprey. 8. Vanderbilt Beach County Park Location: end of Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $8/day, 120 space lot and 340 space garage, located just west of the Ritz Carlton hotel Amenities: 2 mile beach, concessions for food & drinks and equipment rental, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, handicapped accessible and handicapped wheelchair Activities: swimming, fishing, shelling, sunbathing, walking, shelling, birding Pets: no Of Special Interest: Popular beach near upscale hotels in North Naples. Get there early to get a parking space in season. 9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Location: five miles west of I-75 Exit 111 (Bluebill Avenue/Immokalee Road), Naples Phone: 239-597-6196 Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $6 per vehicle Amenities: 1 mile of beach, boat ramp, restrooms, tours, interpretive Exhibits, pavilion, picnic areas with grills and tables, hard bottom reef, showers Activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, kayaking Pets: Yes, on 6' leashes. State parks do not permit pets on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings or concession facilities. Of Special Interest: One of the most popular seashore destinations in Naples, this park's mile long stretch of white sugar sand has been rated one of the best beaches in the nation. In season, the park closes its gates when it reaches capacity, so get there early. 10. Barefoot Beach County Park (Preserve) Location: Barefoot Beach Road off Bonita Beach Road, Naples Phone: 239-591-8596 Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $8/day Amenities: 342 acres of natural land, one mile nature trail, showers, picnic area, concessions for food & drinks and rental equipment, handicapped accessible and handicapped wheelchair Activities: fishing, swimming, shelling, sunbathing, walking Pets: no
Of Special Interest: One of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast. Numerous animal species reside here. Popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings. Park rangers offer lectures, guided walks and interpretive programs. 11. Barefoot Beach (Access) Location: Bonita Beach Road off Lely Barefoot Blvd., Naples Phone: 239-252-4000 Collier County Parks & Recreation Hours: 8 AM to sunset Parking: $8/day Amenities: no facilities Activities: sunbathing, swimming, fishing, shelling, walking Pets: no Of Special Interest: Barefoot Beach Preserve Park is located just south of this access point. Just north is Bonita Beach Park, which has public rest rooms, showers and concessions. You'll notice a lot of wildlife and sea life at this location, very near to the main Barefoot Beach Preserve Park site.
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