Miles and Miles of …………Beaches
The Collier County Beaches of Naples and Marco Island are globally recognized as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Every year one or more beaches in Collier County are ranked by Travel Magazine and Trip Advisor on several annual top beach destination lists.
This is not surprising considering there’s much about the unspoiled coastline to enjoy including soft sand, a fishing pier, and wildlife sightings. From Tigertail Beach to Lowdermilk Park to Delnor Wiggins Pass State, Collier County offers incomparable Gulf beaches. Following are a few of our favorite beach getaways.
Clam Pass is a 35-acre county park of coastal habitat that provides beach access via a three-quarter of a mile boardwalk, with a tram. If you’re looking tog et away from it all, Class Pass is located at Seagate Drive and Crayton Road.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
One of the most popular seashore destinations in Naples, this park’s mile-long stretch of white sugar sand has been rated as one of the best beaches in the nation. The beach is popular for sunbathing, swimming, beach combing, snorkeling, and picnicking. For saltwater or freshwater fishing, boaters can launch their vessels into Water Turkey Bay and travel to the Gulf or up the Cocohatchee River. Kayakers can enjoy paddling through estuaries; scuba ;divers can explore the hard bottom reef in the Gulf. At the north end of the island, a tower gives visitors a bird’s eye view of Wiggins Pass and the surrounding coastal habitat. Note: To avoid over-crowding during the busy winter season, the park closes its gates when it reaches maximum capacity. Located in North Naples five miles west of I-75-exit 111.
This gorgeous island has no vehicle traffic and is only accessible by boat. It is a favorite for boaters and fishermen on the weekends. Drop your anchor and enjoy the fun, and don’t be surprised if you see an iguana on the shore!
Located in Coquina Sands, this lovely public park has plenty of parking, meters or free with county beach sticker. It’s a great place for a family picnic, whether on the beach or under a pavilion. You’ll even find a sand volleyball court, bathrooms, and concessions nearby.
Marco Island Beach
The four-mile sun-soaked beach on Marco Island stretches from South Marco Brach to Tigertail Beach. It is one of the most breathtaking beaches in all of Southwest Florida. Warm temperatures make Marco Island an ideal place to spot dolphins, manatees, and an assortment of colorful oceanic wildlife.
Naples Municipal Beach
In historical downtown Old Naples, almost every road leads to the beach. This three-mile stretch of tropical white sand beach draws visitors and residents alike. Naples Fishing Pier offers perfect sunset vistas just about every evening. The Pier just out 1,000 feet into the Gulf, and it is a very popular place for fishermen and onlookers. The Pier is located not he west end of 12th Avenue South, and there you will find a snack bar, bathrooms, and outdoor showers. No fishing license is required when fishing from the Naples Pier. Parking is metered, free with any county beach sticker.
Tiger tail Beach, located on Hernando Drive in Marco Island, is 31 acres of natural beauty and white sand beach. Tiger tail Beach is a sandbar from yesteryear, but today it is called Sand Dollar Island because it is a barrier island that is in the process of forming. Public parking and bathrooms are available.
Bird watching and shelling are always popular at this five-acre Vanderbilt Beach Park. Besides its wonderful white sand beach, hotels, shopping, and restaurants are close. by.
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