Here are a few Naples beaches I really like with my kids….
Delnor-Wiggins State Park
What Locals Know: There’s a feeling of remoteness as you walk north toward Wiggins Pass. Delnor-Wiggins is the place to go to walk a bit and spread out to find your own piece of sand. Grab a charcoal grill in a tree-shaded picnic area and host your own beachside barbecue .
Ease of parking: Good. The fee is $6 per car. Stay till sunset.
Where it is: West end of Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples
What Locals Know: Vanderbilt Beach next to the Ritz is one of Naples’ most popular beaches thanks to its prime North Naples location. Finding some sand to yourself can be hard to come by, particularly during season, but its convenience makes it worth it.
Ease of parking: Fair; better when you arrive early in the day. The new parking garage handles a capacity of 375 cars. The fee is $8 per car; free with a Collier County beach parking sticker.
Where it is: West end of Pine Ridge Road in North Naples (adjacent to the Naples Grande)
What Locals Know: The trip to the beach is almost as enjoyable as the destination. A boardwalk winds through a mangrove forest. Walk it for a little exercise or take the free golf cart tram. Once on the beach, you’ll find restrooms, a beach bar with snacks and drinks, chairs &umbrellas.
Ease of parking: Good. The fee is $8 per car; or free with a Collier County beach parking sticker.
Where it is: The northern end of Naples Beach, at Banyan and Gulf Shore boulevards
What Locals Know: Great picnic areas are available at Lowdermilk thanks to its picturesque landscaped park area. Sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds, concession stand, and restrooms with showers make it a great place to spend the day with family of all ages.
Ease of parking: Challenging. Parking is metered at 25 cents per six minutes (pay with coins or MasterCard or Visa); free in designated areas with a Collier County beach parking sticker.
Naples Beach and Pier
Where it is: West end of 12th Avenue South in downtown Naples
What Locals Know: Whether it’s for fishing off of the pier or sun bathing, the recently renovated Naples Pier is a must-see. There are great views on and and off the beach thanks to impressive real estate on both sides of the pier. After the day walk east to 3rd St. South and enjoy restaurants and shopping.
Ease of parking: Fair. Parking is metered at 25 cents per six minutes; free in designated areas with a Collier County beach parking sticker.
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