Naples and Marco Island Area Beaches

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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Your guide to Naples/Marco Island area beaches

Editor's note: Beaches and parks are listed geographically from north to south.

Beaches with this symbol have beach wheelchairs available, either provided as a courtesy, or available for (prearranged) rent and delivery from private companies.

Known as the Paradise Coast, this quiet corner of southwest Florida provides some of the most striking beaches in the state, with fine white sand laced with palms on the shore of the deep blue Gulf of Mexico. From Barefoot Beach Preserve to the deserted Ten Thousand Islands, the beaches here vary from hot spots where locals gather to deserted beaches where you can quietly enjoy the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

Bonita Beach
Bonita Beach provides visitors with a quiet atmosphere. There are ten beach access points located along three miles of Hickory Boulevard with facilities at the main park and access ten. The main feature of the area is the four-acre public beachfront park that features a boardwalk that crosses the sea-oat-dappled dunes. Pavilions, restrooms, grills and showers are available.

Barefoot Beach Preserve
The 342-acre park features a calm preserve with its own learning center and nature trail. Enjoy the 1½ miles of natural beach, covered with powdery white sand. A perfect place for watching wildlife, you may see manatees offshore. Turtles, ospreys and bald eagles are also a common sight. The preserve also offers showers and restrooms.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Separated from the mainland by mangrove swamps and tidal creeks, this recreation area is a narrow barrier island. This park has a nice 300-foot beach where you can swim and sun. The local wildlife habitat is lush with sea oats, sea grapes and cabbage palms, and when you have had enough of the beach, you can take a hike around the nature trail and stop at the observation tower to take in the scenery. If you like to Scuba dive or snorkel, there is a hard-bottom reef that runs along the beach. Whether you enjoy birding, boating, fishing, hiking or kayaking, there is bound to be something for you to do.

Vanderbilt Beach
Located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road, this five-acre park encompasses Gulf beaches and a tropical coastal hammock. Bird watching and shelling are perfect activities along this beach. The park offers showers and restrooms.

Clam Pass Beach Park
Dunes and mangroves dot this natural 35-acre park. Walk along the three-quarter-mile boardwalk through the mangroves or along the 3,200 feet of beachfront. The concession area and picnic pavilions make this park a popular gathering spot. The park also features a canoe launch, showers and restrooms.

Lowdermilk Beach Park
Lowdermilk Park is a hot spot for visitors and locals alike. The beach park features 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends, a playground for the kids, volleyball court and duck pond. At the end of the day it's an ideal place for you to watch the sunset. Located on Gulfshore Drive between Mooring Line Drive and 5th Avenue South, this park is only 2 - 3 miles from some great shops and restaurants.

Naples Municipal Beach and Fishing Pier
Access this vibrant, bustling beach with emerald-green waters and white sands at 12th Avenue South and Gulf Shore Boulevard, located just south of downtown. The pier stretches deep into the Gulf, so it's a favorite spot for local fishermen, and since you don't need a license to fish from the pier, you might take a gander. The pier features a small concession stand. Swim, sun and play on this fun beach, and stay to watch the sunset.

Tigertail Public Beach, Marco Island
This 31-acre beach is one of the most popular spots on Marco Island. It's the perfect spot to have fun and be a nature buff. The tidal pools are filled with fish and sea life, and what was an offshore sandbar only a few years ago is now Sand Dollar Island, a tiny barrier island. Swim out and search for treasures or take in some great bird watching. The park features boardwalks, a bathhouse, showers, restrooms, a playground, small concession and rental stand, and a butterfly garden.

South Marco Beach
If you are looking for a more secluded spot on Marco Island, you may want to head to South Marco Beach. A boardwalk leads to a one-acre beach lined with Sabal palms. 

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