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Top 10 Naples Florida Beaches to Visit While on Vacation

Updated: Jul 18, 2022



There is no mistake that Naples Florida beaches are some of the prettiest beaches in Florida. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a beautiful town that has some of the most picturesque sunset views in the South.


The water is shallow, so it’s easy for kids to wade in the ocean and play in the sand. Plus the water can be crystal clear which makes for a fun day of diving for shells.


With several Naples Florida beaches to choose from, you will more than likely find one of your favorite beaches on the following list.


The list will be broken into sections based on North Naples, Central Naples, and Downtown Naples.


This way you can easily locate a beach that is closest to you.




NORTH NAPLES


Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park


This beach is a Florida State Park so there is an entrance fee of $6 per vehicle. However, once you enter the park, there are several parking lots to choose from. Most of the parking lots have a bathroom building and shower stations.


Now let's talk about the beach. The beach at Delnore-Wiggins is beautiful and very family-friendly. There are plenty of places to set up for the day and the parking is close to the beach which is very helpful if you're carrying beach umbrellas and coolers for the family. If you need suggestions for beach umbrellas or coolers I have written reviews of my favorites for you too.


The water at Delnor-Wiggins Pass is beautiful and it's a great place for smaller kids to play since the beach gradually enters the Gulf of Mexico. There are also shaded spots along the beach so you can cool off a bit when the afternoon sun begins to blaze.


Parking: Yes, $6

Bathrooms: Yes

Pro Tip: You can rent stand-up paddle boards for the day at a concession stand that is located in parking lot 4.




Vanderbilt Beach


This is another great Naples Florida beach that is located in North Naples. If you are a Collier County resident then make sure to have your beach permit sticker on your windshield so that your parking fee is waived. Otherwise, the cost to park is $10.


Once you arrive at this beach, then it's only a short walk from the parking garage down the sidewalk to the beach. There are plenty of beach spots here with beautiful views of the water.


Parking: Yes (parking garage)

Bathrooms: Yes

Pro Tip: Get there early because the parking garage fills up.




CENTRAL NAPLES


Clam Pass Park


Clam Pass is a hidden gem for many people because it doesn't sit directly on the main road. It's actually surrounded by 35 acres of Southwest Florida habitat and has a very long boardwalk to travel down before you can access the beach. However, there is a complimentary tram service that can be quite fun for the family while heading to this picturesque Naples Florida beach.


Once you arrive at Clam Pass you will have a large area to choose from whether it's swimming in the warm coastal waters or sunbathing, there is room for many visitors here.


Parking: Yes ($10 or free with Collier County beach parking permit)

Bathrooms: Yes

Pro Tip: Check out one of the guided nature walks at Clam Pass.





North Gulfshore Beach Access/ Seagate Drive


This is a more secluded Naples Florida beach area that is surrounded by a residential area and condos. We enjoy this beach when we are looking for a smaller beach crowd.


The views are beautiful and this is the perfect white sand beach if you are looking to chill and relax.


There is a smaller parking lot at this location and the walk is a tad bit longer to the beach versus other beaches on my list.


Parking: Yes (metered parking or free with Collier County beach parking permit)

Bathrooms: No

Pro Tip: Bring a beach cart with wheels since there is a little bit of a walk from the parking lot to the beach at this location.


Vedado Way


Vedado Way is another quiet beach to visit that is in close proximity to places around central Naples. There are roughly 40 parking spots at this location and it's a very short walk to the beach once you park the car. If you are a visitor, then there is a metered parking fee.


Parking: Yes (parking meter or free for Collier County beach permit holders)

Bathrooms: No

Pro Tip: This is another spot that can fill up early during peak season.




Via Miramar Beach


This Naples Florida beach is another local favorite because this area is surrounded by condos and it's easy to get in and out. If you are looking for a quick walk on the beach or to see the sunset, this is a great option for you.


However, get to Via Miramar Beach early during season because this small lot can fill quickly during peak season. During the summer it is not as busy and you can hold off on the early wake-up call to grab a parking spot.


Lastly, there are no restrooms or changing areas at this beach; however, there are bathrooms and food options nearby at Lowdermilk Park itself!


Parking: Yes

Bathrooms: No

Pro Tip: Smaller parking lot so get there early.





Lowdermilk Park


Lowdermilk Park is a great beach if you are looking for more amenities that are close by. There is a decent size parking lot and parking along the street that is in close proximity to the beach.


This Naples beach also has concession stands, bathrooms, as well as a playground. This is a great beach for spending the whole day at the beach. Plus it's located in Central Naples so it's easily accessible from all areas.


Plus there are fun tiki hut umbrellas along the beach for you to enjoy.


Parking: Yes (parking meter)

Bathrooms: Yes

Pro Tip: Bring extra cash for the concession stands.




DOWNTOWN NAPLES


5th Avenue South Beach


If you are staying in downtown Naples then this is a great beach to check out because it's in close proximity to the downtown hotels in Naples Florida. This is a great beach to take an evening stroll to after dinner on Fifth Avenue South and a great beach to enjoy the sunset.


There is a shower and a handicap ramp at this location too.


Parking: Yes, street parking and metered parking

Bathrooms: No

Pro Tip: Grab some ice cream off Fifth Avenue South and walk to the beach.





8th Avenue South Beach


This beach is a fantastic Naples beach to hang out on because the entrance is beautiful and the vibe is Old Florida. There are beautiful palm trees, amazing homes to gaze at, and the beach is gorgeous.


If you are into yoga, then plan ahead, because sometimes there is morning beach yoga hosted at this Naples beach location. There is a beach shower and a handicap ramp at this location too.


Parking: Yes, street parking and metered parking

Bathrooms: No

Pro Tip: Parking can be challenging when visiting the smaller beaches off the Avenues. Arrive at the beach early because there are limited metered parking spots by the entrance.




Naples Pier


The Naples Pier is one of those places that you have to check out if you are visiting one of Naples Florida beaches. There are so many iconic pictures taken of this pier and it is a landmark in Naples. The beach is great to spend the day because you can explore the pier as well as explore the many sea creatures in the Gulf of Mexico. If you're lucky then you might spot a manatee.


There are restrooms at this location which is a nice touch to have nearby when visiting Naples Florida beaches (because not all beaches have facilities).

If you spend the day here, then consider heading out to a local restaurant since there are many local favorite eateries that can be found nearby on 3rd Street South. Some favorites are Campiello, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Ridgway Bar and Grill, Barbatella, and Mediterrano.


Parking: Yes, parking meters.

Bathrooms: Yes

Pro Tip: If you plan on fishing off the pier, double-check your day of the week because there is currently no fishing from the Naples Pier on Sundays. The fishing ban will expire on June 1, 2023. For additional fishing on the Naples Pier, check here.



There are several Naples Florida beaches that have great sand, perfect water, and beautiful views of the sunset. The best part is that they’re all different so there’s something for everyone.


Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to spend time with your family or just want something relaxing by yourself, there will be a Naples Florida beach that fits what you need perfectly.



Additional Activities


Don't forget to check out the many family-friendly activities that Naples has to offer. There are several places to go shelling for the day, even boat tours that will take you by the 10,000 Islands where you can find beautiful shells. There are also sunset cruises that you can book, segway tours around downtown Naples, electric bike tours, culinary classes and much more.



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Hello! I'm Tiffany, a creative travel writer, mother to three awesome kids, and Floridian. We like to visit beautiful Florida resorts and beaches, Florida State Parks, and explore destinations by boat. I like to write about our travel adventures and provide tips to other families traveling or relocating to the Sunshine State.


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