Beaches Perfect for Families in Naples
Does your family love the beach?
From historic Naples Pier and famous Vanderbilt Beach to peaceful Marco Island, the Naples Gulf Coast is brimming with varied beach settings primed for a family escape.
Once again in 2016, two Naples area beaches made the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.!
Barefoot Beach Preserve in Bonita Springs (it’s actually in the northwest corner of Collier County) was ranked #2 and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park just south of Barefoot in Naples ranked #9.
Below, we’ve rounded up 5 of Naples top coastal areas–all featuring clear waters, white sands, activities for all ages, and tons of opportunities for peace and relaxation.
1. Barefoot Beach Preserve
Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast.
Barefoot Beach Preserve is popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings and its opportunities for avid fisherman, who are able to enjoy many species of fish. The inland side of the island provides tidal creeks and mangrove swamps which serve as breeding areas and as a nursery for sport and commercial fish and shellfish.
2. Delnor-Wiggins Pass
One of the most popular seaside destinations in Naples, the mile-long stretch of white sugar sand at Delnor-Wiggins has been rated one of the best beaches in the nation.
Visitors arrive to this park to sunbathe, snorkel the reef, hike, bird-watch, fish, picnic, and search for seashells on a daily basis. There are specific areas designated for anglers to drop their lines in the northern areas of the park for trophy catches.
Boaters will also find the launch area into Turkey Bay easily accessible for most vessels, in order to experience the delicate natural estuaries of the Cocohatchee River, leading out to the Gulf of Mexico.
3. Lowdermilk Park
The Lowdermilk beach park offers 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 a wonderful duck pond.
Parking for beach access in the City of Naples requires the resident or visitor to have a beach parking permit, feed the parking meters, or pay-by-space. This is enforced year round.
4. Vanderbilt Beach
During season (tourist months), it can be a task finding a spot on the beach, but there is plenty of sand for everyone. If you arrive before 10 a.m. January to March, there will be plenty of spreading room on beautiful Vanderbilt Beach.
5. Naples Pier
The historic Naples Pier is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the West end of 12th Avenue South. On-street parking is supplemented by a parking lot one block East, with additional parking at beach ends on the avenues to the north and south.
The Naples Pier was originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock. Located off of 12th Avenue South in Downtown Naples, has been a popular spot for fishing, relaxation and as a location to watch sunsets since it was first constructed in 1888.
Ending in 2015, the Naples Pier finished major reconstruction that helped to revitalize the pier for a new generation of tourists and locals to enjoy.
Stay in a Naples Vacation Rental
More than just a beach town, Naples offers cosmopolitan attractions, like 5th Ave. If you prefer more outdoorsy options, try a visit to an Everglades nature center or a deep sea fishing excursion.
Conveniently, Naples is near a major airport (RSW), making it easy to book a flight from almost anywhere. Naples Florida Vacation Homes are only minutes away from some of the best beaches in Florida (listed here).