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The Beaches of Naples, Florida

Updated on November 18, 2015
Naples Pier Beach - 12th Avenue S.  One of Naples most popular beaches.
Naples Pier Beach - 12th Avenue S. One of Naples most popular beaches. | Source
Naples Pier in Naples, FL.
Naples Pier in Naples, FL. | Source
Ibises and sea shells on Seagate Beach in Naples, FL.
Ibises and sea shells on Seagate Beach in Naples, FL. | Source

Seven Miles of Beaches

Naples, Florida has seven miles of gorgeous white sand beaches along the turqoise, opalesque Gulf of Mexico. They are as beautiful as anything you will find in the Caribbean Islands, and are right here in our own back yard. It is the sub-tropics here and the flora and fauna along the beaches is just as beautiful. A stop in Naples will bring you to the following beaches that you don't want to miss.

First, is Clams' Pass Beach. It is found at the straight end of Seagate Drive at the Naples Grand Hotel once you have crossed over Rt. 41 (Tamiami Tr.) You can access the beach through the tram that rides the boardwalk to the beach or, for you hikers and nature lovers, you can walk the entire boardwalk way and enjoy the scenery, animals, birds and natural beauty. Once at the beach, dotted with colorful umbrellas and chaise lounges, you can see the Gulf stretch for miles into the horizon. There is a full restaurant (Naples Grand) and restrooms and you can rent the umbrellas and chaise lounges if you wish. It is a public beach and anyone can park themselves there at any time. It is a short walk to the actual Clams' Pass, and you can watch canoes and fishermen coming out to the Gulf. Catamarans, wind surfing, and kite sailing can be rented here from the Naples Grand Hotel. This beach has even been the scene of lovely outdoor beach weddings.

Next, is Seagate Beach accessible by Seagate Drive which also curves around to the left and ends at Gulf Shore Blvd. and the high rise condominiums along the beach. This beach has some stone pilings on which perch egrets, seagulls, and pelicans. Dolphin sightings are almost daily here in the beautiful Gulf. This beach is sparsely populated as most people are from the condominiums that are beach front. There are no restrooms, restaurants, or snack bars here, but it is an excellent beach for walking, especially at sunrise and sunset. Bring a picnic lunch and a cooler for beverages as this is also a public beach.

Another beach you don't want to miss is at the Moorings. It is found on Gulf Shore Blvd. The beach is public, but the parking is private for the Moorings residents only. You must have the appropriate Moorings parking sticker for your car to be allowed in the parking lot. But, you can park anywhere on the street or nearby store parking lots to experience this beach and lovely, shaded park. Children can play on the dolphin statuettes, and there are picnic tables available. The beach and Gulf are lovely here, but many of the people at this beach are residents of the Moorings.

Next, is Lowdermilk Park, an entire public park and beach. It is found on Gulf Shore Blvd., also. There are restrooms, snackbar, picnic tables and small park for when you need some shade. There are also beach volleyball courts to the side of the parking lot. This is a truly family beach and you will see many children digging and playing by the Gulf's edge. Many a sandcastle has been known to go up along this beach. The shell hunting is great here also.

Naples Pier and Beach is at 12th Ave. S. and is the most populated beach in all of Naples. How can it not be with the pier here? The pier is a good half mile long walk out into the Gulf to see it up close and personal, along with the pelicans and dolphins. Yes, plenty of dolphin sightings at this beach also. There are beach volleyball courts right on the beach to the left of the pier and this is the hang out for the teenagers and young adults, as well as families and everyone else. There are restrooms at the start of the pier and a snackbar halfway down the pier. Fishing off the side of the pier is offered and there are even troughs for cleaning your fish once you've caught them. You can rent fishing rods right there at the snack bar. The Naples Pier is also where fireworks are set off every New Year's Eve and 4th of July, when the sun goes down. This is one beach you don't want to miss on your trip to Naples.

The rest of the seven miles of beaches can be accessed by any of the sides streets running off Gulf Shore Blvd. They are nice, because they are sparsely populated; usually only the residents from the beach front homes and condominiums and their guests are at these parts of the beaches. Usually these are quiet, adult only beaches and you are away from the hustle and bustle of parking lots and families. There is minimal parking spaces on the sides streets and no restrooms or restaurants or snackbars. Take a picnic lunch and cooler with beverages for a day at the beach.

Naples beaches are lovely, but there are no lifeguards on any of its beaches. You swim at your own risk. There is a beach patrol that drives by from time to time, but if there are any real emergencies you need your cell phone and your own bandaids. There are not many shark sightings at any of the Naples beaches, but be aware that when swimming in the Gulf you are invading the fish's domaine. Public parking at the beaches is $8 per visit or parking meters. Seasonal beach passes can be had at downtown municipal buildings on 8th Avenue S.

I have traveled all over Florida and visited the beaches on both the east and west coast and Naples' beaches by far are the most beautiful, because they are on the gulf and in the sub-tropics. The beaches on the east coast are on the Atlanic Ocean and for those liking oceans, that may be the place for you. But, for all around tropics, beauty, sun, Gulf and climate, Naples Beaches are your best choice. It is warm here year round and that can't be said for all of Florida.

Naples beaches are a gold mine of beauty and pleasure for people of all ages. All of the beaches are pristine clean. Dolphin sightings are nearly everyday, especially at Seagate and the Naples Pier. When in Florida, don't miss the opportunity to experience a Naples beach.

One of the seven miles of beaches in Naples, Florida

Lounging on Loudermilk Park Beach.
Lounging on Loudermilk Park Beach. | Source

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  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    VVanNess: Yes, the Naples beaches are really beautiful and wonderful. I love the Gulf coast of Florida. You would love a vacation there, I'm sure. Thanks for your comments. Most appreciated.

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    Victoria Van Ness 

    4 years ago from Fountain, CO

    Beautiful place! This hub makes me want to schedule our next vacation there!

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    rebecca: It is a wonder place to vacation and you will love it. The white sand beaches are great and walks on the beach any time of day are beautiful. Naples has some of the most beautiful sunsets. There is a lot to do there, but I love the beach life the most. Thanks so much for reading and commenting . Most appreciated.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    Really, ologsinquito, I think these are the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida. I love white sand beaches and you can find gads of shells on these beaches that are no longer available on the east coast of Florida. These beaches are as nice as any in the Caribbean and there is so much available to do in Naples plus great restaurants. There is something for everyone in Naples. Vacation there some time and you will see. You can spend as much or as little money as you want and still have a great time here. Thanks so much for commenting and for your visit. Most appreciated.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    What a relaxing looking beach! Great photos. Makes me what to book a room there!

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    ologsinquito 

    4 years ago from USA

    You've thoroughly sold me on Naples. If the beaches are even half as nice as what you'll find in the Caribbean, then it would be worth the trip. They really sound wonderful.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    Martie: I know what you mean! I am still here in Ohio and about six inches deep in snow today. I need a little sunshine and beach time pronto!

    Thanks so much for your visit and your comments.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    ChitrangadaSharan: So glad you enjoyed reading this. And, I would love to visit the beautiful beaches of India sometime. Right now I am about six inches deep in snow here in Ohio and a little beach time right about now would be good! Thanks so much for your visit.

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    Suzette Walker 

    4 years ago from Taos, NM

    vocalcoach: I miss the beaches right now! It is snowing like mad here in Ohio and I could use a little sunshine and beach right now! LOL So glad you can smell that salt air!

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    Martie Coetser 

    4 years ago from South Africa

    For some reason I have to walk barefoot on a beach, smell the sea and have a swim in it at least once a year. Thank you, Suzette, for this virtual walk on the beaches of Naples :)

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    These beaches look so lovely! Would love to visit them sometime. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the interesting details!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Voted up and across, except for funny. I could almost feel the suns warmth and smell the salt from the ocean. Beautifully done! ~ Audrey

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    Suzette Walker 

    5 years ago from Taos, NM

    teachers: Nice to hear from you. I particularly love the white sand beaches. And the Gulf is quite calm and serene.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    This is not that far from me and I have heard about their beauty. Thanks for confirming what a great place it is to visit.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Yep, the sand dollars wash up on the beaches of Naples in June. They are so fun to collect, and so beautiful. I'm so glad you like Naples. It is beautiful here and the sun always shines. Thanks so much for reading and I appreciate your comments.

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    vespawoolf 

    6 years ago from Peru, South America

    We love Naples! I didn't know there were so many beaches, though, and I'm not sure the name of the beach where we spent most of our week. I just remember the tranquility of the surf and the abundance of sand dollars. I'm glad to know where to find this information for our next trip to Naples. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    So glad you enjoyed this and it brought back great memories for you. These beaches are my playing grounds now - my big sandbox lol. I love the beaches here and as you say they are lovely.

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    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    This hub brought back lots of memories. Loudermilk Park, the pier..It was a beautiful place and we enjoyed living there. Sometimes I miss it for all the beauty.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    tipstoretireearly: I know, the Naples Pier is the best for viewing sunsets in my opinion also. It is so beautiful down here that I thank God everyday I live in Naples. Thanks for stopping by.

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    tipstoretireearly 

    6 years ago from New York

    Sunset on the Naples Pier is just a magical time & place!

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Hi Deborah: If you have been here you can relate lol. Come back for a visit. Glad this brought back good memories for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Sunshine: Thebeaches are beautiful here. I'm off to the. beach later this morning and will enjoy it for all of you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Naples florida is one of the most beautiful and so much fun...i sure miss it..its been twenty years...since i have been there...thanks for the memories...debbie

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    The beaches on the west coast of Florida are so much more beautiful than the east coast. Crystal blue water. I need to find time to enjoy them more often:) Enjoy them for me!

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    Suzette Walker 

    7 years ago from Taos, NM

    Nell Rose: Don't be jealous. It only took me 30 years to get to these beaches. I worked hard to get here.

    But, now, the beaches really inspire me and I get my best writing ideas laying on the beach. I think it is because I am totally relaxed.

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    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, this sounds so lovely! And yes I am jealous! I live in the countryside but we do have some lovely beaches, especially bournemouth, that stretches for miles, I try and get there at least once a year, cheers nell

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    7 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thanks for reading. It is beautiful and the beach and Gulf really inspire me.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Okay now. You are wooing me to a vacation in Naples. sigh

    I need a great vacation anyway.

  • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

    Suzette Walker 

    7 years ago from Taos, NM

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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    Lenore Robinson 

    7 years ago from Delaware

    I've visited a few times and I agree; they are beautiful beaches! Good hub, up and useful!

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    Suzette Walker 

    7 years ago from Taos, NM

    No, just the beach patrol that drives by a few times a day. I think it's important for families with children to know so they realize they have to keep their eyes on their children when at a Naples beach. But, you can't believe how beautiful the beaches are here. I'll bet they are as beautiful as the beaches in the Phillipines. I've never been, but I hear your country is beautiful. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    kerlynb 

    7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    "Naples beaches are lovely, but there are no lifeguards on any of its beaches. You swim at your own risk." - Awww... A beach this lovely and this long (at seven miles) must at least have two rotating lifeguards :(

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