An Insiders’ Guide to the Best Beaches in Naples, Florida

An insiders' guide to the best beaches in Naples, Florida
The best beaches in Naples, Florida

The city of Naples, Florida, boasts more than 10 miles of gorgeous beaches. With public access to the sandy waterfront from nearly every street, you enjoy the same beaches as owners of the stunning mansions that overlook the water.


Here’s a list of Naples’ favorite beaches, from North to South:

Barefoot Beach Preserve 

This Collier County beach at the north end of Naples is a favorite of beach walkers because of its firm sand. Barefoot Beach gives you the options of family-friendly amenities (like a snack bar) near Parking Lot 1, or relative seclusion if you access the beach from the second or third parking lots.

No question, this is the perfect Naples beach for peaceful relaxation. Dr. Beach website named Barefoot Beach one of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S., noting that the shallow water makes it one of the best beaches for swimming for families.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

This state park has some of the best swimming beaches in Southwest Florida. But it’s also the place to come if your family wants a lot more in addition to beach activities. The state park has kayak and canoe rentals, stand-up paddle board rental, a restaurant, fishing, a hiking/nature trail, picnic areas, showers, tours, a scuba-diving area, and ADA-compliant restrooms.

Bluebill Beach

This is a small, attractive beach in North Naples, just a few blocks from Connor Park (the park also provides additional beach parking).

Vanderbilt Beach 

Vanderbilt Beach is easy to reach from any part of Naples, and just around the corner from the Naples Park neighborhood. While a popular beach, it also has plenty of parking, including a large parking garage just west of the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Clam Pass Beach Park 

This is a great beach for people who want to do more than just sit in the sand or frolic in the surf. Clam Pass Beach has a scenic boardwalk plus a trolley ride.

Lowdermilk Beach Park

Here you’ll find beach parties and picnics, plus volleyball, in an city setting.

Naples Pier

This is the scene beach that you see in all those stunning photos of Naples sunsets. This colorful and popular beach is in convenient proximity to all the amenities of downtown. Definitely the place to see and be seen.

South Gulf Shore Beach Access

While not clearly marked, there is public access to quieter stretches of the beach south of the pier. You’ll find pay-or-permit parking on the side streets off of Gulfshore Boulevard South and, even further to the south, off of Gordon Drive.

Have fun exploring Naples’ beautiful beaches! 

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