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Best beach in Florida? One’s in Naples, No. 1 ‘Best Place to Live’ by U.S. News

Dave Osborn | Naples Daily News

It’s been quite a week for Naples.

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday ranked Naples at No. 1 on its annual “Best Places to Live” list. And now the town has received another distinction: It’s home to a Top 10 beach in the U.S.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park was rated at No. 8, one of two state beaches named in Top 10 by “Dr. Beach,” or coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Florida International University in Miami.

What did Dr. Beach say about the popular Delnor-Wiggins Pass?

Leatherman released his list Thursday. Here’s what he said about Delnor-Wiggins, 11135 Gulf Shore Drive.

“This barrier island beach boasts of beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear Gulf waters,” Leatherman wrote in the news release.

“Activities include swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, shelling, and fishing. Wildlife in the park includes bald eagles, ospreys, and manatees. Pine trees provide welcome shade. The park is still recovering from Hurricane Ian in 2022 so some areas are still closed.”

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