Romantic Southwest Florida

Naples, Florida sunset photo by Patricia Gill

Beautiful white sand beaches offer front seat views of spectacular sunsets. Take a picnic, relax and watch the show, or enjoy the sunset before going off to dinner at a fine restaurant. Enjoy one of the many beaches along the Gulf coast from Estero to Marco Island.

Bowditch Point Regional Park, Estero at the north end of Estero Island. Picnic and barbecue facilities, pavilion, showers, restrooms, bike and hiking paths and handicap accessible boardwalk.

Lynn Hall Memorial Park at the north end of Estero Island. Fishing pier, bathhouse, picnic & barbecue facilities, rentals, refreshment stand, swings, volleyball and parking area.

Lover’s Key Johnson Park – Bowman’s Beach, Estero has picnic facilities, boardwalks, nature trails, restrooms and a tram to the beach. Call 239-472-6477 for more information.

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.

Barefoot Beach Park/Preserve, Bonita Springs is a large park with 365 acres of beaches and trails.

Bonita Beach Park, Bonita Springs 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.

Delnor-Wiggins State Recreation Area, Naples is open 8 a.m. to sunset and there are lifeguards on duty.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.

Vanderbilt Beach, Naples 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, Naples 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.

Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Boulevard 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.

Lowdermilk Park has 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.

Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Blvd. South, Naples -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.

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