Situated on what is referred to as the Paradise Coast, Naples, FL, is a place many people call home. Its population is around 22,000 but swells when the tourists arrive. As is to be expected, while some soak up the culture and visit such places as the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and the Naples Botanical Garden, and others go shopping in the city’s historic downtown or take part in one of the many festivals, the majority are there to bask in the sun.
This stretch of the ocean offers some of the best beaches in all of Florida. With more than 10 miles of beaches stretching in and beyond the city, Naples Florida provides visitors and residents with an excellent choice. In fact, whether you are into birding or water activities, Naples has a beach for that. It also has several that find favor with families, shoppers, locals, and tourists. Below is a shortlist of the best beaches in Naples Florida.
This unspoiled stretch of undeveloped barrier islands features wide white sand beaches and shallow water. Both of these features, as well as a nature trails makes Barefoot Beach attractive for families.
This is another family-friendly beach featuring stereotypical white sand and calm waters, it has the added attraction of a boardwalk and the tram ride that takes people on a ride through mangrove forests to the beach.
A favorite, this continually makes Naples’ and even Florida’s list of top beaches. It is unspoiled natural protected dunes with the choice of several beaches. Swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing are popular here as well as swimming. Entry for a vehicle to the park costs $6.
This is a popular beach right with its water sports equipment rentals, the chance to spot turtles and/or dolphins in season, playgrounds, concession stands, a duck pond, and much more.
This is truly a municipal beach. Located in front and part of the iconic and historic 1888 Naples Pier, it has become singularly attractive to locals and visitors alike. The beach is ten-miles in length, and the Pier extends far out into the Gulf of Mexico. Families find a spot under the Pier to put down their blankets, play volleyball or walk out 1000-feet along the Pier to enjoy the view.
If you are into birding or want to view wildlife, this is the beach to visit. You can catch sight of a variety of species including pelicans, bald eagles, falcons, osprey, snowy plovers, and roseate spoonbills
For those who like to mix a little shopping with their beach stay, this is the beach to visit in Naples FL. Beaches of gorgeous, soft white sand are juxtaposed to restaurants and shops.
Be sure to check out these beaches. Do be sure to check the costs of entry or at least parking. For some, parking is free for residents only.
Life Is a Beach in Naples FL
For those who enjoy sand, sea, and sun, the beaches in Naples FL deliver it all in a neat package. There is truly a beach for everyone, from scuba divers to birders to families on vacation. Finding one is easier. Choosing the perfect one in all of Naples is a much greater challenge.