Ranked Best Beaches USA
Within easy reach from our properties! (Walk, Bike or Drive)
For more than than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman aka Dr. Beach has reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world. Some of his selected beaches for 2014 and 2015 are within an easy short distance from the properties (~1 Mile).
Two of his selected beaches; Delnor-Wiggins (ranked #9 ) and Barefoot Beach (ranked #2). Both of these beaches are rated by Dr. Beach within the top 10 best Beaches within the USA . See article posting at Dr. Beach
Located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road, Vanderbilt Beach County Park borders the Gulf of Mexico near plenty of hotels, shopping and restaurants. There is ample car parking, with easy handicap accessibility to the beach, rest rooms and showers. Bicycle racks are located close to the beach. Don't miss out on great shelling in the early morning and bird watching at all hours. Within the park is a tropical coastal hammock where you can see subtropical vegetation and native wildlife. Additionally, there is a concession that offers beach equipment at this location.
Delnor-Wiggins State Park
One of the most popular seaside destinations in Naples, the mile-long stretch of white sugar sand at Delnor-Wiggins has been rated one of the best beaches in the nation. The 199-acre park is a tropical paradise for beach lovers, boaters and divers. The beach is a popular spot to sunbathe, swim, beachcomb, snorkel and picnic. At the beach along Wiggins Pass, where swimming is not allowed, fishing is a popular activity. Boaters can launch their vessels into Water Turkey Bay and travel to the Gulf or up the Cocohatchee River for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Kayakers can enjoy paddling through estuaries and scuba divers can explore the hard bottom reef in the Gulf. At the north end of the island, a tower gives visitors a bird's-eye view of Wiggins Pass and the surrounding coastal habitat.
Lowdermilk Park is one of those Naples Florida Beaches that is a hot spot for tourists, and locals alike. The beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond. Located near Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South and Tin City, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great spot to take a break from shopping, and go relax in the Florida Sunshine. Lowdermilk Beach Park is also a popular Naples Florida Beach for watching the sunset, and who knows you may even see the legendary “green flash”.
Naples Municipal Beach and Fishing Pier
Built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, The Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900's. Part of the structure as well as the post office located on the pier was razed by fire in 1922. Rebuilt after damage by hurricanes in 1910, 1926 and 1960, it remains a public symbol of the area's history. Restroom facilities available, and small concession stand is located at the halfway point of the pier.
Collier County's desirable coast reaches its zenith at Barefoot Beach Preserve, where numerous animal species reside and visitors are able to enjoy the ambience of the park's natural surroundings. This beach park is an excellent example of the shifts in habitat that occur within a very narrow strip of land with only slight changes in elevation and moisture. 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. Barefoot Beach Preserve is popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings and its opportunities for avid fishermen, who are able to enjoy many species of fish. The inland side of the island provides tidal creeks and mangrove swamps which serve as breeding areas and as a nursery for sport and commercial fish and shellfish. Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast.
In Clam Pass Beach County Park, natural resources abound. The Park consists of 35 acres of mangrove forest, coastal dunes and 3200 linear feet of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. There is a boardwalk, which provides access to the beach through a mangrove forest. The boardwalk is about three quarters of a mile long and can be walked or you can catch a ride on a free tram that runs continuously throughout the day. Should you decide to stroll down the boardwalk, you will see three species of mangrove trees, red, black and white. These trees protect and stabilize low-lying coastal areas and play a vital role in coastal fishery food chains. For these reasons, federal, state and local laws protect mangrove trees. Mangrove trees are very unique because they are salt tolerant. For your convenience, there are restrooms at the beach. Additionally, a concession offers beach equipment rental, food and drinks. A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at this site. There are 182 parking spaces available.