The beaches are gorgeous “sugar sand” and the shells are plentiful. It is nice to walk on the beach around 4 in the afternoon,shuffling in the surf and looking for shells. Never go to the beach without a pail or bag for shells. The variety of colors and shapes is wonderful and kids love the treasure hunt. The Gulf of Mexico water is around 80° F and often as placid as a giant bath tub. Perfect for playing, floating, just plain relaxing. Paddle boards and kayaks are available to rent.
A few hours at a beach in Naples is the equivalent of a week-long vacation. Take a picnic and laze around until sunset. The Naples sunsets are so magnificent there is an evening pilgrimage to the beach to enjoy the spectacle before going off to dinner.
Naples in July is hot and usually humid with afternoon showers passing through to cool things off. According to weather.com July is the hottest month in Naples. What better place to beat the heat than a Naples beach?
We’ll follow up soon with more “things to do in Naples”.
Info about Naples Area Beaches
Delnor-Wiggins State Recreation Area | 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 the beautiful sand and 166 acres of nature trails, woods and beaches with plentiful trees and wildlife. Observation tower, picnic areas, grills, large clean restrooms and showers. Admission and parking fees. Call 239-597-6196 for more information.
Vanderbilt Beach | 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.
Clam Pass | Take Seagate Drive west from US 41, the beach entrance is next to the Waldorf Astoria. Lots of parking. 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. Snack bar, outdoor showers and restrooms, water-sport equipment rentals.
Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Boulevard North | Park Shore or Harbour Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. North. Three beach parks accessible from Gulf Shore North, Horizon Way, Vedado Way and Via Miramar. Pretty, tranquil beaches perfect for sunning, walking, shell collecting, surf fishing and watching shore birds. A stone jetty at the south end of Via Miramar beach is 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.
Lowdermilk Park | Banyan Blvd. west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. Loads of parking, snack bar, vending area, picnic tables, volleyball courts, and decent restrooms. Restaurants and a deli in a small shopping center across the street.
Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Blvd. South | Mooring Line Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. South. Beach access at every Avenue from 8th Avenue North to 18th Avenue South. Beautiful sand beaches, gulf breezes and gentle surf. Outdoor showers or foot showers. Parking is very limited, the meters take quarters. No restrooms or other amenities. You will also find public access to the beach on Gordon Drive at 32nd and 33rd Avenues South.
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