Beach Parking & Access in Naples & Marco Island

By Eric Snider

Where to find a spot, plus what amenities to expect at Paradise Coast beaches.

Here on Florida’s Paradise Coast, miles of pristine beaches offer hours of seaside bliss. To make your beach day even more care-free, it’s good to have a plan before heading out, especially when it comes to finding parking near Naples and Marco Island. Here’s a round-up of area beaches, where to park and what amenities you’ll find when you get there.
 
The sun sets at Naples Pier as waves gently lap at the Gulf shore.

Naples Beach & Pier

Naples Beach: Steps from it All

A narrow stretch running for miles northward and southward from the Naples Pier, Naples Beach is just a few blocks from the upscale restaurants, shops and hotels downtown. 

Parking

Several public access points offer limited parking at the west end of most downtown avenues. Metered spaces cost $3 an hour. Pay with quarters or a credit card. You can also get here without a car: the Naples Trolley makes regular stops at the pier.

Amenities

Restrooms, showers, concession stand, covered eating area, wheelchair access

Hours

Sunrise to sundown
A serene beach lined with thatched umbrellas on a clear day.

Lowdermilk Beach

Lowdermilk Park: Natural Beauty, Near Town

Scenic, easy-to-access Lowdermilk Park is a public beach and park situated three miles north of downtown Naples. Lowdermilk Beach Cafe is open 9 a.m. to sunset) serves sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more – and it’s where you can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, paddleboards, body boards and other beach essentials.

Parking

Metered parking — $1.25 first half-hour, 25-cents per six minutes after that, $2.50 per hour. Pay with quarters or credit card.

Amenities

Restrooms, showers, picnic pavilion/tables, concessions, beach gear rentals, two gazebos available for rent, duck pond, playgrounds, two sand volleyball courts, wheelchair ramp

Hours

Sunrise to sundown
Bright umbrellas and small clusters of beachgoers line a stretch of beach along the Gulf of Mexico on a sunny day with few clouds in the sky.

Vanderbilt Beach

Vanderbilt Beach Park in North Naples

A popular beach spot nine miles north of downtown Naples, and near upscale hotels and resorts and golf courses, Vanderbilt Beach is fairly narrow, providing easy access to the Gulf waters.

Parking

Parking garage with toll booth attendant. $8 without Collier County resident beach parking permit. Limited, metered street parking, credit cards only.

Amenities

Restroom, foot showers, concessions, beach gear rentals, bike racks, beach wheelchair, life jackets 

Hours

8 a.m. to sundown
Natural foliage and an uncrowded beach along the Gulf of Mexico

Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park

Naturally Heavenly: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Located just west of North Naples, Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park is a mile-long, 166-acre wonderland separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps, giving the park a pristine, get-away-from-it-all vibe. Delnor-Wiggins is renowned for its shelling. Boaters and paddlers can reach the Gulf of Mexico and the Cocohatchee River. Naples Beach Adventures offers rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.

Parking

Parking lot — $6 per vehicle (limit eight people); $4 single-occupant vehicle; $2 bicyclists, pedestrians, extra passengers. Additional parking can be found at the Conner Park parking lot, a short walk east of the beach, with 158 metered spaces (credit cards only). 

Amenities

Outdoor showers, boat ramp ($5) with kayak/canoe launch, observation tower & trail, picnic tables/pavilions/grills, boardwalks and observation decks, beach wheelchairs, concessions, beach gear rental, free beach wheelchairs

Hours

8 a.m. to sundown
A distant overhead shot of a person paddling a red kayak in the crystal-blue waters of Clam Pass Park surrounded by sand and pristine forests.

Overhead of Clam Pass Park at low tide

Beloved Beachfront: Clam Pass Park

One of the Paradise Coast’s most popular beach access points, Clam Pass Park is a serene, 35-acre park located on Outer Clam Bay, just west of the Naples Grande Beach Resort, six miles north of downtown Naples. 

Parking

171 public parking spaces. $8 without Collier County Resident Beach Parking Permit. Free tram to the beach.

Amenities

Rhodes End restaurant (part of the Naples Grande Beach Resort), boardwalk goes from parking lot to beach, restrooms, bike racks, foot showers, life jackets, beach wheelchair

Hours

8 a.m. to sundown
 
Beachgoers look out at the Gulf on an uncrowded beach.

Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach Preserve: A Pristine Paradise

The northernmost beach in the Paradise Coast is Barefoot Beach Preserve, a 342-acre natural marvel lined with lush plant life. This is one of the last remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Southwest Florida.

Parking

96 public spaces; $8 (credit card only) without Collier County resident beach parking permit

Amenities

Restrooms, drink-vending machines, learning center with natural history exhibits, butterfly & cactus gardens, one-mile loop walking trail, picnic tables/pavilions, foot showers, beach wheelchair, life jackets

Hours

8 a.m. to sundown
 
A young couple walks along the shore of a lagoon at Tigertail Beach as the sun sets in the background.

Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach Park: Natural Beauty on Marco Island

Located on the northwest side of Marco Island, Tigertail Beach Park is a surprisingly undeveloped natural park amid suburban streets, high-rise condos and resorts. This off-the-radar beach was an unnamed, off-shore sandbar until Hurricane Wilma infilled the sand in 2005.

Parking

Public parking, a short walk from the beach. $8 or $1.50 per hour (credit card only) without Collier County resident beach parking permit.

Amenities

Restrooms/changing rooms, concessions, picnic area, playground, watersport/beach gear rentals (including jet skis and paddleboards)

Hours

8 a.m. to sundown

Beachgoers with colorful umbrellas spread out on the beach under a cloudless sky next to turquoise water

Beach

South Marco Island Beach Parking

South Marco Beach Access

Located on the southwestern tip of Marco Island, South Marco and Tigertail Beach are the only public beaches on the island. The short path to the beach is lined with sabal palms.

Parking

70 parking spaces. $8, payable to Master Meter, without Collier County beach parking pass.

Amenities

Restrooms

Hours

Sunrise to sundown