So much summer fun in Naples-Bonita Springs-Marco Island – Beaches

Marriott Marco Island view of sundeck and Gulf of Mexico. photo: www.marriott.com

View of pool beach, and Gulf of Mexico at Marriott Hotel, Marco Island, Florida photo: marriott.com

There are so many things to do for summer fun in Naples-Bonita Springs-Marco Island beaches, and Sanibel/Captiva! You will want to buy a home and stay for the winter fun.

Go to the beach!

This one is easy. Pack up a picnic, grab your sunscreen and head west. If you go late in the day, stay for a spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunset.

Bowditch Point Regional Park, Estero, north end of Estero Island. San Carlos Blvd south across Matanzas Pass, turn right on Estero Blvd. to the point. Catch the trolley in the Main Street Park & Ride lot, just north of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Picnic and barbecue facilities, pavilion, showers, restrooms, bike and hiking paths and handicap accessible boardwalk. Map

Lynn Hall Memorial Park at the north end of Estero Island, take San Carlos Blvd to Estero Blvd, turn right, the park is on the left. Fishing pier, bathhouse, picnic & barbecue facilities, rentals, refreshment stand, swings, volleyball and parking area. Map

beach_dog Lover’s Key Johnson Park – Bowman’s Beach, Estero is accessed off County Road 865 at the north end of Black Island (just south of Estero Island). The park has picnic facilities, boardwalks, nature trails, restrooms and a tram to the beach. Call 239-472-6477 for more information. Map

beach_dog Lover’s Key State Recreation Area, Estero is south of Big Carlos Pass on County Road 865 at the north end of Black Island (south of Estero Island), 1 square mile state park. Map

beach_dog Barefoot Beach Park/Preserve, Bonita Springs Bonita Beach Road west from US 41 to the guardhouse on the left at Lely Beach Blvd. This is a large park with 365 acres of beaches and trails. There is plenty of paid parking. Amenities include vending machines, a restaurant/bar and clean restrooms. Map

Bonita Beach Park, Bonita Springs Bonita Beach Road west from US 41, curves to the right and becomes Hickory Blvd. The park is on the left just past the intersection of the roads. This beach park has picnic shelters, volleyball courts and a bathhouse. The surf fishing is pretty good and the sand is great. There are several “beachy” places to eat within walking distance of the park. Bring quarters for parking. Map

beach_dog Delnor-Wiggins State Recreation Area, Naples Immokalee Road west from US 41, it becomes Bluebill Avenue after the bridge, the beach is at the end of the road. Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset and there are lifeguards on duty. Lots of parking close to the beach. You can enjoy great sand and 166 acres of nature trails, woods and beaches with lots of trees and wildlife. There is an observation tower, picnic areas, grills, large clean restrooms and showers. Admission and parking fees. Call 239-597-6196 for more information. Map

Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Take Vanderbilt Beach Road west from US 41. This beach is next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and within easy walking distance of several casual restaurants. Facilities include lifeguards, picnic areas, grills, tower, boat ramp, restrooms and showers. There is limited parking a few blocks east and handicapped parking is right at the beach entrance. Map

Clam Pass, Naples Take Seagate Drive west from US 41, the beach entrance is next to the Registry Resort. There is lots of parking. You can take a tram or walk (10 to 15 minutes) through the mangroves, along the boardwalk to the beach. Chaise lounge and equipment rentals are available on the beach from the Registry Resort. There is a lots of parking, snack bar, outdoor showers and restrooms, water-sport equipment rentals. Map

Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples Park Shore or Harbour Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. North. There are three beach parks accessible from Gulf Shore North, Horizon Way, Vedado Way and Via Miramar. These are pretty, serene beaches perfect for sunning, walking, shell collecting, surf fishing and watching shore birds. There is a stone jetty at the south end of Via Miramar beach, making it a good place to find shells and other sea life. There are hoses for rinsing off but no other amenities. Parking is limited, the meters take quarters. Map

Lowdermilk Park, Naples Banyan Blvd. west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. Loads of parking, a snack bar, vending area, picnic tables, volleyball courts, and decent restrooms. There are restaurants and a deli in a small shopping center across the street. Map

Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Blvd. South, Naples Mooring Line Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. South. There is beach access at every Avenue from 8th Avenue North to 18th Avenue South. There are no restrooms or other amenities, just beautiful sand beaches, gulf breezes and gentle surf. Outdoor showers or foot showers. Parking is very limited, the meters take quarters. There are no restrooms or other amenities. You will also find public access to the beach on Gordon Drive at 32nd and 33rd Avenues South. Map

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