The Beach, Naples
We have been to Naples four times and on each vacation the beach beckons for a variety of reasons. Naples Beach is impressive, but others are equally enjoyable. Choose from Lowdermilk Beach Park, Naples Beach, or Keewaydin Island.
At Barefoot Beach, 8,200 feet of beach and sand dunes support the growth of seat oats, providing nesting sites for seat turtles during the summer months. The park also maintains a tropical coastal hammock of sable palm, gumbo-limbo and sea grape trees among many others. The site is also home to the protected gopher tortoise.
Just outside is a quaint litlle butterfly garden and boardwalks lead up to the beach itself. We saw plenty of pelicans, ospreys and river terns at the beach. As we lazed in the waters watching these birds soar by was a pleasant sight. The water was warm, the sand is interspersed with shells, so not one of the most compfortable but definitely not too rough either.
The most popular area for the beach life is at the City Pier. This is a beautiful area, with pure white sand beaches and glorious sunsets. The best thing is that the beach is not lined with cheesy condos, but a great abundance of tree life, almost like an island.
Although I am not one to lie out on the beach [because of the damage The sun causes to the skin], I do love beaches, especially walking on them. Allan has really fair skin and has had melanoma on his cheek, so we are very careful. We slather on the sun screen, wear hats, and monitor our time. Thank goodness we still go to the beach and walk, take photographs, talk to people, and truly enjoy it.
Naples certainly is the place to enjoy the beaches....there are at least 7 miles of public beaches, one mile just as beautiful as the next.
As you can see from the photographs, the sand is white and soft, with scattered shells, but not so many that they hurt your feet when you walk. There are some highrises in spots; however, most of the beaches have little or no man-made obstructions to spoil the natural environment.
Since the winters in Naples are lovely, walking on, lying on, and swimming in the water is possible year round.
One just cannot think of Naples, Florida, without thinking of the terrific beaches.
Some of the beach areas that we visited while in Naples are:
Lowdermilk Beach Park
257 Banyon Blvd
25 12th Street
And even though one beach we visited is in nearby Bonita Springs, I also consider
[Barefoot Beach Park, 2 Barefoot Beach Blvd] when I think of Naple's beaches.
one of the most popular attractions of naples is it's beautiful gulf beach. there is metered beach access on the west end of fifth ave. in north naples there is metered beach access on vanderbilt beach blvd.
Here the water is 'azul' or 'azur' and the sand is silken and white. Shelling is not good here becasue so many people are here each day and the local shopkeepers get the best shells from their own beachcombing.
From the Naples pier we walked both directions and found that the beach has many visitors but the area does not seem crowded. Live music at night is very good at Murphy's porch at the Marriott Resort.
I'm not a big "beach" person but I wanted to check out the Naples Pier. After getting thru the morning rush traffic, I followed some signs to the historical old city and ended up finding a parking space right at the Pier. Take some quarters since you need to fill the meters. The Pier is similar to others and used for fishing, walking and spotting Dolphin & birds. The beach is more white and the Golf Shore drive homes are varied in style. The Beach walkers are constant, some seeking shells others loose change via their metal detectors.
Walking along the beach in the morning and you will be surprised to be joined by a number of visitors. Around 8am, the tides bring in bait fish and along with them some dolphins, sting rays and some manatees. The dolphins can also be spotted at sunset but not everyday.
15 minutes north of the Naples Pier, one will discover Vanderbilt Beach, described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Facilities include: Freshwater Showers, lifeguards, grills, picnic tables, boat ramp, observation tower, restrooms, bath house.
From Gordon Pass on the south to Seagate Drive on the North.
Facilities: Over 10 miles of sandy beach. Naples Fishing Pier is at the west end off 12th Avenue S., extending 1,000 feet into the Gulf - Great for fishing or watching sunsets. Metered parking, bait, snack bar, restrooms, outdoor showers.
Being in Naples - giong to the beach.
The sand is very white. Lots of shells. Very clean.
I found a starfish!!! Life!!! First time in my life.
The fish swims right here near your body!
You have to se The Pier if you come to Naples. It is downtown off of 12th Ave, S. People are always there, fishing, pelican watching, or viewing the gorgeous Florida sunsets. The beach is breathtaking and goes on for miles. You can buy snacks midway down at the comcession. (Make sure you have quarters for the parking meters.)
The Naples Pier is the symbol of the city, enshrined on the city seal, on the TV news, and on every tourist brochure. Built first in 1899 and most recently rebuilt in 1960, the pier has been the heart and soul of the town, bringing passengers in via steamboat in the 19th century and today serving to host crowds watching the sunset and local fishermen gathering to sink their lines into the abundant waters below. Walk to its end and watch the dolphins play in the gulf. You can even grab a bite to eat at the snack bar there. If you like fishing, put your line in and chat it up with the others. If you happen to catch a fish, cleaning facilities are built into the pier. In essence, this is Naples' number one attraction but by no means a tourist trap. See it. Walk it.
The beach is very relaxing and the pier is a great place to spot dolphins. We saw one when we were there but it was too quick for me to get a good picture of! You can also fish off of the pier.
Famed for its miles of sugar sand beaches, Naples will not disappoint you in that aspect. The sands are so white & soft, they almost look like you could use them to sweeten your latte.
Naples has an excellent beach. The sand is white and soft, and it is not very crowded. One can watch dolphins feeding along the beach, about 200 yards offshore.