Find Your Beach in Naples & Marco Island

By Buzzy Ford
Florida’s Paradise Coast is a beautiful destination for beach lovers. Whether you prefer gorgeous shores with lots of amenities or a stunning stretch of coastline with a secluded and natural feel, you'll find your ideal beach in Naples and Marco Island.
Aerial view of Clam Pass Beach Park in Naples Florida

With nearly 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, Florida’s Paradise Coast is a beautiful destination for anyone who loves putting their toes in the sand. Whether you prefer the gorgeous shores beside luxurious resorts or a secluded stretch of coastline, you'll find your ideal beach in Naples and Marco Island. Here’s an overview of what awaits you.

Barefoot Beach Preserve & Park

Barefoot Beach Preserve in North Naples

Barefoot Beach Preserve in North Naples contains 342 acres and homes to numerous animal species. Photo by @motown_to_paname

Dr. Beach has named this beach one of America's Top 10 Beaches, and it's a must-visit when you're in the area. The 342-acre Barefoot Beach Preserve in North Naples is home to numerous animal species, including land-dwelling gopher tortoises and sea turtles that nest on its beaches. The 1-mile-long boardwalk offers you the chance to get up close and personal with nature while exploring this picturesque park. Estuary waters are available for canoe tours, and you can enjoy a long stretch of natural beach. In addition, you can take in views of some prime beachfront real estate along this drive to designated parking areas.

There are restroom facilities and showers on-site as well as a concessions area with rental beach equipment. There's also an open pavilion for picnics. Beach wheelchairs are available.

For more information, visit Barefoot Beach Preserve.

 

Clam Pass Beach Park

Clam Pass Aerial

Clam Pass Beach Park, is a beautiful beach access point in the North Naples area.

This park is a beautiful beach access point in the North Naples area, ideal for family days out and about. It’s the perfect place to go fishing or paddling on the calm waters of Clam Pass. The 35-acre park boasts a preserved coastal habitat along with a three-quarter-mile boardwalk through a mangrove forest to a sandy beach.

The Clam Pass Boardwalk and Nature Trail is an opportunity to observe marine life, coastal birds, and butterflies on the way to the beach. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers guided nature walks Monday through Saturday from December through April with no reservation required! For those who would rather not walk, there are free tram tours that depart at 9 am every day.

Visitors to the park will find a wide range of rental chairs, cabanas, and other water-related equipment. A snack bar and restrooms are also available.

For more information, visit Clam Pass Beach Park.

 

Vanderbilt Beach

Vanderbilt Beach
Enjoy a sunset on Vanderbilt Beach. Image by @nicola_kin

Located close to area hotels, restaurants and shopping, this popular North Naples beach is an excellent spot to enjoy shelling, paddle boarding, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located near the parking area.

The concession stand is the perfect spot to rent beach equipment, chairs, and cabanas; however, food and drinks are not sold. You’ll find restaurants and convenience stores within walking distance.

For more information, visit Vanderbilt Beach.

 

Keewaydin Island

Keewaydin Island

Keewaydin Island image provided by @nextchapterlifestyle.

Keewaydin Island is a barrier island between Naples and Marco Island with nearly eight miles of unspoiled white sand beach. About 80% of the island is undeveloped. You'll find no commercial development on Keewaydin - only private homes. This barrier island can only be accessed by boat, making it the perfect place for those who appreciate a secluded adventure. In addition, it's the only pet-friendly beach in the Naples and Marco Island area.

Take a trip to the beach with Hemingway Water Shuttle, which departs seven times daily for drop-offs and pick-ups to the island. The shuttle is perfect for both humans and pups, as well-behaved leashed dogs can ride, too. 

You can rent a boat to explore Keewaydin from one of the many marinas in the area. You can also take a sightseeing trip that stops at the island for beach walking, shelling, or just general relaxation. Due to the pristine, undeveloped nature of Keewaydin Island, no restrooms are available. 

For more information, visit Keewaydin Island.

 

Lowdermilk Park on Naples Beach

Follow the path to Lowdermilk Park.

Follow the path to Lowdermilk Park. Image provided by @phil.rigsby.

Lowdermilk Park is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. It has two children's playgrounds, a duck pond, two sand volleyball courts, and picnic tables. A wheelchair-friendly ramp makes it easy for those with strollers or wheelchairs to get onto the beach. If needed, you can also rent a beach wheelchair for free.

The Beach Cafe is ideal for a delicious meal, and offers sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads, ice cream, and more.

For more information, visit Lowdermilk Park.

 

Naples Beach

Naples Beach with the iconic Naples Pier in the background.
Naples Beach with the iconic Naples Pier in the background. Photo provided by @hannaafranzen

With a 10-mile-long beach that includes the iconic Naples Pier, Naples Beach is the perfect place to spend a day with family and friends. The venue features volleyball nets, a concession stand, restrooms, and showers. In addition, you can access rent-free lifejackets for your little ones.

Naples Pier stretches 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, making it a great spot for fishing, sightseeing, and watching the sun set over the water.  

There are public access points with limited parking at the west end of most downtown avenues. Beach admission is free; however, parking is metered at a rate of $3.00 per hour with a minimum payment of $1.50. Pay stations accept quarters and credit cards.  

For more information, visit Naples Beach.

 

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park features more than one mile of pristine coastlines. Image by @brauliobn

Ranked No. 9 on Dr. Beach's Top 10 USA Beaches list, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is located on a 199-acre barrier island and features more than a mile of pristine sands.

The natural hard-bottom reef just offshore is perfect for fishing, sunbathing, and scuba diving. It's also an excellent spot to enjoy shelling or bird watching. You’ll spot eagles, ospreys, and other woodland creatures in their natural habitats along the beaches. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and cameras, as you might even see dolphins in the water near the beach and Wiggins Pass.

Park amenities include a picnic area with grills, drinking fountains, and bicycle racks. There are also outdoor showers, and beach wheelchairs available by reservation. The concessions stand in parking lot No. 4 offers a variety of items for purchase or rental, including food, drinks, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, umbrellas, and beach chairs.

For more information, visit Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.

8th Avenue South Beach Access & Wedding Park

Eighth Avenue South in downtown Naples is often called the Wedding Beach
Eighth Avenue South in downtown Naples is often called the Wedding Beach or Wedding Park. Photo by @truefoundationphotography

The public beach access at Eighth Avenue South in downtown Naples is famous for weddings, which is why it’s often called Wedding Beach or Wedding Park. The park features attractive brick pavers that provide space for seating, along with lush landscaping and picturesque views that provide the perfect backdrop for your big day.

Parking is available at the adjoining beach ends but cannot be reserved. As a result, most wedding parties shuttle guests in from other locations such as 12th Avenue South and Third Street South. There are also nearby public garages on 8th Street South.

For more information, visit Eighth Avenue South.

Marco Island Beaches

 

South Marco Beach Access

South Marco Beach Access

The South Marco Beach Access is one of two public beach access points on Marco Island. Photo by @traveling_mama1

The South Marco Beach Access is one of two public beach access points on Marco Island. The location makes it perfect for families who want to go shelling, fishing or watch dolphins playing in the surf. The firmer sand near the water makes it ideal for a walk, jog, or bike ride. Sunsets are spectacular, and it's the perfect place to relax with lots of room to spread out.

There are plenty of opportunities to rent watercraft, including wave runners and kayaks. If you’re looking to take the fun to new heights, try parasailing. Beach access points are well-maintained and have foot washing stations at the entrances, along with children's life jackets you can borrow.

Parking and restroom facilities are located on Swallow Avenue. They are a short walk across South Collier Blvd. to the beach. Parking is $8 per vehicle

For more information, visit South Marco Beach.

 

Tigertail Beach Park

Tigertail Beach Park

Tigertail Beach Park is a must-see for bird lovers and those looking to take in some breathtaking sunsets. Photo by @lucyg

Tigertail Beach Park is a must-see for bird lovers and those looking to take in some breathtaking sunsets. The 32-acre barrier island is one of the world's most important habitats for wintering and nesting shorebirds, making it an ideal destination for spotting wildlife. In fact, the Great Florida Birding Trail Guide lists this area as one of the best all-around locations for birdwatchers in Southwest Florida. A tidal lagoon separates this beach from Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area, known as Sand Dollar Spit. The lagoon is a haven for wildlife, and is home to horseshoe crabs, needlefish, Florida fighting conchs, and more.

To get to the beach, you have two options: Wade through shallow lagoon water or walk around the south side.

Tigertail Beach Café offers a full-service menu including breakfast and lunch; beer and wine are available. The amenities at this park are unparalleled. You'll find restrooms, a picnic area with tables and grills, a children’s playground, and even a butterfly garden.

Parking is $8 for those without a beach parking permit.

For more information, visit Tigertail Beach Park.