Paradise Coast Beaches
Two North Naples beaches, Barefoot Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, have been ranked among the country's top 10 beaches by preeminent coastal ecologist "Dr. Beach." To the south, Marco Island has landed within the top 5 of the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards for best islands. The Travel Channel has shined a spotlight on Naples Beach, while pristine Keewaydin Island has been recognized as a top "secret beach" by Southern Living and CNN Travel. Explore local beaches via webcams, below. Check out our list of area beaches to visit by land or by boat.
The Florida Healthy Beaches program provides maps and data on beach water quality. Click on map location dots or review the charts for the latest local beach conditions.
The water quality in the Florida's Paradise Coast region including Naples, Marco Island and the beaches in the wilderness sections of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Gulf Coast portion of Everglades National Park is not directly affected by freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee. Those water releases may affect beaches to the north, closer to the Caloosahatchee River and on Florida's east coast. There is no impact on Naples, Marco Island and Everglades area beaches from blue-green algae. News reports about this type of algae outbreak are focused on other areas.
Are you wondering about Florida Red Tide? Review the Mote Marine Labratory & Aquarium's informative Red Tide FAQ. You can also find red tide updates here, or by calling the Collier County Red Tide Hotline, 239-252-2591. As of July 18, there are two area beaches, South Beach and Vanderbilt Beach, reporting slight background levels of the red tide organism. All other area beaches show no red tide present.
The photo collage below on this page includes very recent images taken by visitors and sourced through Instagram. To share your photos with us, use the hashtag #ParadiseCoast.