Southwest Florida Beaches

Southwest Florida has endless miles of stunning coastline beaches featuring the powdery white sand on the Gulf of Mexico and offering breathtaking sunsets. Naples and Marco Island, in Collier County, are known for their incredible public beach access. Here, we will explore the many beaches Collier County has to offer from the north to the south.

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Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach, situated just south of Bonita Beach at the west end of Bonita Beach Road, is a true gem awaiting your discovery. This lovely beach occupies the southern half of Little Hickory Island, marking the northernmost section of Collier County's beaches.

At first glance, the entrance may seem like a gated community but there is a public access point called Barefoot Beach Access. It's located just past the turnoff before the gated community's gate.

With 3 miles of beach to explore, you'll have plenty of space to relax and enjoy the sun. The areas adjacent to nature preserves are 100% open to the public, while sections near developed neighborhoods are accessible up to the high tide line. This area is also known as the "Collier County" side of Bonita Beach Park, connected to the park through a pedestrian path. While the Collier County side offers picnic pavilions and restrooms, other services are available at the full-service Bonita Beach Park, just a short walk over the county line.

With nearly 100 parking spaces, finding a spot is usually easy If you have a Collier County beach parking permit, parking is free, otherwise, you pay at the kiosk.

Barefoot Beach Preserve

Venturing further south on Little Hickory Island, you'll discover the true paradise for nature lovers – Barefoot Beach Preserve. This natural oasis offers 1.4 miles of preserved beachfront, untouched by homes or high rises. Within the park, you can explore two miles of nature trails and even launch small crafts to explore the serene waters of Wiggins and Little Hickory Bays (note that combustion engines are not allowed).

The northernmost beach area of the preserve boasts a nature center, restrooms, and drinking water facilities. The other two areas may lack amenities but are typically less crowded, offering a peaceful escape. You can enjoy a one-mile walk from the southernmost beach area, either along the beach or the nature trail, to reach Wiggins Pass. This pass separates the preserve from Delnor Wiggins Pass and Vanderbilt Beach.

Vanderbilt Beaches

Wiggins Pass State Park

At the north end of Vanderbilt Beach lies Wiggins Pass State Park, a treasure trove of preserved shoreline and an offshore rocky reef. This area offers a chance to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the coast. Wiggins Pass State Park is consistently rated among the best beaches in Florida. With a mile of unspoiled coastline and a boat launch area for various vessels, this 199-acre park offers a perfect beach getaway.

The park features five different beach areas. Area 5, located along the pass, offers picnic pavilions and an observation tower but swimming is not advised due to heavy boat traffic. For a more peaceful experience, head to areas 1, 2, 3, and 4, where shaded picnic spots under tall Australian pines and seagrape trees await. You can swim in these areas, and the water is known for its clarity. Area 1 and 2 also boast a fantastic snorkeling and diving site with a hard bottom reef just offshore.

Conner Park

Alongside Bluebill Avenue, you'll find Conner Park, offering access to the beach between Moraya Bay Condominiums and Wiggins Pass State Park. It's a quieter spot, and despite a half-mile walk from the parking area to the beach, it's often less crowded. You'll find restrooms, running water, and ample parking unless the nearby Wiggins Pass State Park is full.

Beach Accesses along Gulf Shore Drive

Several beach access points are available along Gulf Shore Drive, offering a short path to the beach. These access points are less crowded due to limited parking, making them perfect for a more peaceful beach experience.

Vanderbilt Beach

Located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road, just north of the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Vanderbilt Beach Park is one of Naples' most popular beaches. Its easy accessibility and proximity to large resorts make it a hit among visitors. Parking in the garage is free with a Collier County beach pass, however, during season, it fills up quickly. Though it can get crowded during the peak season and weekends, you can find a quieter stretch by walking south towards Pelican Bay.

Pelican Bay Beaches

Within Pelican Bay, there are two beach access areas reserved for residents only. However, the general public can access this beach area by walking south from Vanderbilt Beach Park or arriving on a watercraft.

Pelican Bay North Beach

Located approximately halfway between Vanderbilt Beach and Clam Pass, Pelican Bay's North Beach is a smaller residents-only access. It is a peaceful spot perfect for morning walks, dolphin watching, and shelling. Don't miss the beachfront dining experience at Marker 36 restaurant.

Pelican Bay South Beach

Situated on the north side of Clam Pass, at the southern tip of the Vanderbilt Beach section, Pelican Bay South End Beach (also known as Commons Park Beach) is great for active families. It's conveniently close to Commons Park and features the Sandbar restaurant, offering delectable dishes in an open-air kitchen with a refreshing beach breeze.

Bay Colony and The Strand at Bay Colony

Along the northern half of Pelican Bay's beach, you'll find the luxurious gulf-front community of Bay Colony. Adorned by seven high-rise condominiums, this area exudes elegance, especially south of the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort. Beyond the condos of Bay Colony lie a handful of beachfront estate homes in The Strand at Bay Colony, the epitome of exclusive living. As you walk south from Vanderbilt Beach, you can admire the architectural splendor of these grand estates (stay below the high water mark to avoid trespassing). The approximately 3/4-mile walk from Vanderbilt Beach Park showcases various architectural styles in this upscale neighborhood.

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Naples Beaches

Clam Pass Beach

Clam Pass Beach, situated just south of Pelican Bay along Seagate Drive, is a must-visit beach in Southwest Florida. Here, you'll find 171 public parking spaces, and if you have a Collier County beach parking permit, parking is free. The park boasts 35 acres of coastal habitat, accessible via a three-quarter-mile boardwalk that leads to the sandy beach. While at Clam Pass, don't miss the chance to take the free tram shuttle provided by Naples Grande Beach Resort, which runs along the boardwalk to the beach.

The end of the boardwalk is home to public restrooms, concessions, and a beachside restaurant. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you can launch small craft from the bay landing and explore the mangrove shores around the area. For even more adventure, rent a kayak at the beach and explore the uncrowded beaches and mangroves of Pelican Bay to the north.

Seagate Beach

Nestled between Naples Cay and Park Shore, Seagate Beach offers a serene and less crowded atmosphere. You can access this beach from both the north end of Gulf Shore Blvd and the west end of Seagate Drive, with parking available at both locations.

While the beach is lined with architecturally interesting high-rise buildings, it provides a tranquil setting, especially near the mangrove shoreline of Clam Pass Preserve to the north. Though Seagate Beach lacks facilities, you'll find a shower, foot washer, and running water to freshen up after a day in the sun.

Raymond Lutgert Park (Park Shore)

Located in the middle of Park Shore, Raymond Lutgert Park is an exclusive spot for residents. Nestled behind the gates of high-rise condo units, this peaceful seaside oasis offers a picnic area, restroom facilities, and a path leading down to the Gulf.

Park Shore residents often gather here for various events, creating a sense of community. The park also features a small pavilion, picnic area, and an event lawn. If you're not a resident of Park Shore, you can still access the beach by walking along the shore or arriving via watercraft.

Horizon Way / Vedado Way Beaches

 South of Park Shore, you'll discover Horizon Way and Vedado Way Beaches, situated at the north end of the Moorings neighborhood. Horizon Way provides 38 parking spaces, while Vedado Way features a more shaded park area. At both locations, you will find shower and foot washer facilities, along with potable water.

Horizon Way offers excellent views of the sunset, making it a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. These beaches are flanked by mid and low-rise condos, enhancing the coastal charm.

Moorings Beach

Moorings Beach, located just south of Doctor's Pass, is a private beach accessible only to residents of the Moorings Neighborhood. This picturesque beach offers excellent jetty fishing at Doctor's Pass and features shaded parking and a quiet park with a picnic area along the beach.

Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park is one of Naples' premier beachfront parks, beloved by families and beach enthusiasts. This delightful park features a duck pond, two children's playgrounds, and two sand volleyball courts, providing plenty of entertainment options for everyone.

For those needing accessible beach access, Lowdermilk Park offers a wheelchair ramp, making it easier for strollers and wheelchairs to reach the sandy shores. Plus, beach wheelchairs are available for rent at the concessions stand, allowing everyone to enjoy the beach to the fullest.

If you're in the mood for some beach yoga, join the local yoga studio for their classes held on the beach every Saturday.

The Beach Cafe at Lowdermilk Park serves up delicious sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads, ice cream, Italian ices, and refreshing beverages. If you need some beach gear, they also rent out beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, body boards, and paddleboards.

Naples "Downtown" Beaches

The original Naples Beaches stretch from 8th Avenue North to 21st Ave S, offering a delightful beach experience. With public access points every block at the west end of each avenue, these beaches stay relatively uncrowded, providing a relaxing ambiance.

The beach at Eighth Avenue South, also known as Wedding Beach or Sunset Park, is a beloved spot for weddings and enjoying breathtaking sunsets. The area around 5th Ave S, 8th Ave N, and the Naples Pier can get crowded, but the rest of the downtown beaches remain peaceful.

The Naples Pier

The historic Naples Pier, located at the west end of 12th Avenue South, is a favorite spot for sightseers and fishermen alike. The Pier features restrooms, showers, and a concession stand with covered eating areas, making it convenient for beachgoers. Hurricane Ian severely damaged the pier, and is now in the process of being rebuilt.

Port Royal Beaches

If you have a passion for architecture, you'll love Port Royal Beach. Some of Naples' most impressive residences line this beach, offering a diverse array of architectural styles to admire.

For beach access, head to 32nd Ave S or 33rd Ave S, and remember to bring your Collier County or City of Naples beach parking permit. Pedestrians and cyclists can access the beach at no cost.

The narrow beach along this stretch often features rocky sections and seawalls, but it's worth exploring, especially during low tide when you can walk along the coast for 1.5 miles to the North Jetty at Gordon Pass.

Keewaydin Island Beaches

Just south of Naples, Florida, lies the hidden gem of Keewaydin Island, offering a serene "Old Florida" beach experience away from the crowds. Accessible only by boat, this desert island is a paradise waiting to be explored.

North Keewaydin Beach (Key Island)

Located just south of Gordon Pass, North Keewaydin Beach is a charming spot along the Key Island neighborhood. It's a private island community extending from Port Royal. Not many visitors know about the nearby Keewaydin Island State Park trail system, which adds to its allure.

Though the neighborhood is private, the entire beach on Keewaydin Island is public. You can access this beach by landing your boat on the Gulf side of the island or by walking north from Secret Beach. Local tour boats often stop here, and it's an excellent place to watch the sunset while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Secret Beach (Reb’s Cove)

A hidden gem nestled in the mangroves, Secret Beach is accessible only by boat from Bartell Bay. This small pocket beach offers tranquility and is a well-kept secret among locals. It's a popular spot for kayakers, canoeists, and residents from the nearby East Naples neighborhoods.

With a calm bay side and a traditional Gulf beach, Secret Beach is a quiet retreat with natural dune vegetation. From here, you can take a pleasant walk north to Gordon Pass and back.

Sue’s Beach

Located just south of Secret Beach along Bartell Bay, Sue's Beach is another lovely landing spot. It's slightly larger than Secret Beach and is open for beach camping. With no city lights around, the night sky offers a stunning view of stars, making it a haven for amateur astronomers. Sue's Beach is a well-kept secret among locals and a favorite among East Naples residents.

Rookery Bay Beach

Situated at the midpoint of Keewaydin Island, Rookery Bay Beach offers a small sandy landing on the bay side with a cross-over path through the mangroves. It's a popular stop for boaters traveling between Marco Island and Naples. Canoeists and kayakers exploring the Rookery Bay Loop around Halloway Island also frequent this beach.

Windstar Beach Club (Private)

Residents of Windstar enjoy a private beach shuttle that connects to Windstar's Private Beach Club on Keewaydin Island. While the beach itself is public, the club's remoteness makes it one of Naples' most exclusive private beach clubs, providing residents with a screened beach clubhouse and pre-set beach chairs.

South End of Keewaydin Island (Southwaydin)

The south end of Keewaydin, known as "Southwaydin" or "Inspiration Point," is a popular mariner's hangout in Naples. It offers breathtaking views of Marco Island in the distance and features a beautiful sandy shoreline on the bay side and a stunning Gulf beach. This spot is especially lively on weekends and major holidays, so arriving early is a good idea.

Sea Oat Island

Just off the south tip of Keewaydin Island, you'll find Sea Oat Island, a quiet and uncrowded beach surrounded by tall Australian pines. It's often overlooked by visitors heading to Southwaydin but is worth a visit. The north and south sections are a tangle of driftwood and mangrove forest, while the middle section boasts a large sandy beach.

Cannon Beach

Located on the south end of Cannon Island, Cannon Beach is a small pocket beach in the mangroves, southeast of Sea Oat Island. It's a popular spot for kayakers, and you can easily access it from Capri Fish House, which offers rentals and launch services. The eastern bayside sandbar is perfect for birdwatching, while the western side provides calm waves and clear waters for snorkeling and diving in search of seashells.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for the floating concession stands! These unique "food boats" often visit the area, offering tasty treats like ice cream and cheeseburgers. But if you prefer to be prepared, bring your snacks and beverages for an uninterrupted beach day.

Marco Island Beaches

Marco Island is a lively place with something for everyone. The main beach, shaped like a crescent, stretches 2.5 miles from Tigertail Channel in the north to Caxambas Pass in the south. The central area has a familiar downtown feel with various restaurants, while the north end's Old Marco boasts a charming fishing village vibe. The island's quieter residential neighborhood holds Tigertail and Hideaway Beaches, leading to the captivating Ten Thousand Islands' mangrove jungles.

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Hideaway Beach

Hideaway Beach is a true treasure located on the far north end of Marco Island, accessible only by water. The beach belongs to an exclusive gated community, but there are three access points for residents and guests. Here, you can find the Hideaway Beach Clubhouse, offering fine dining and social activities. The beach is public, but be cautious of sharp rocks and metal along the shore and avoid swimming due to strong boat wakes and fast vessel traffic.

Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach, situated in a tranquil area, provides a bath house and five boardwalks leading to the sandy beach. Parking is available at a reasonable cost, and it's an excellent spot for renting paddlecraft and exploring the mangrove coastline. Birdwatchers will be delighted to see nesting wading birds around Tigertail Lagoon.

Sand Dollar Island Beach

Crossing Tigertail Lagoon from Tigertail Beach, you'll find Sand Dollar Island, a haven for migratory birds. The island, more of a sandbar, offers stunning shells, especially towards the middle and northern end. While crossing the lagoon is possible, it's safer to access the island from the south.

Resident's Beach

Resident's Beach, located at the north end of the main beach, is exclusively for Marco Island residents with a beach parking pass. This wide and beautiful beach is perfect for picnics and relaxation and provides plenty of parking for those with proper id.

Maple Avenue Beach

Also known as "City North Beach Access," Maple Avenue Beach provides easy public access and is often used by nearby residents and visitors staying close by.

Winterberry Beach

Winterberry Beach, also called "City South Beach Access," is one of Marco Island's newest public beach access points. With easy parking nearby, this wide beach is popular for beach parties and water sports like jet skiing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding.

South Marco Beach (Gene Sarazen Park)

South Marco Beach is a traditional beach along the Gulf coast, accessible by road. Enjoy the sandy shoreline, and for those interested in snorkeling, the rocky area on the south side of the island offers an excellent underwater experience.

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