Naples, Florida is known for its white sandy beaches that attract tourists from all over the US and even beyond. With an estimated 112.4 million visitors in 2016, the beaches of Naples, Florida (also known as the Paradise Coast) is truly a top tourist destination and thus its economy relies heavily on this industry. And one of the painful things that allow this humble state in the south to gain traction is the abundance of its beaches. Each has something unique to offer for every type of tourist. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you bring your family with you or you’re with a romantic partner or maybe alone and doing some “soul-searching” on the side, the pristine sands and the sublime shores of this region will give you a treasure that can last for a lifetime.
Let’s take a quick look at the beaches in the Paradise Coast and see what they have to offer.
Barefoot Beach This is a quiet beach facing the Gulf of Mexico where there are not many people around and so there are not many establishments and most of what you can see around are trees and mangrove trees, apart from the fine white sand that goes between your toes. When on this beach, you are encouraged to go barefoot, hence its name. This is a very cozy and a very intimate place and so you can bring your spouse or partner here with you while you drift across the sand and holding hands.
If you are looking for something more robust, go to Naples Pier. This is a beach packed with people on busy days and also has quite a long history. In the 1800’s, it was used as an actual pier where traders and frontiersmen docked their boats and hauled and unloaded their goods. As Naples progressed and the land routes opened up, the pier eventually lost its significance and by the 20th century, this area was repurposed as a beach for visitors to take a dip in. Today, you can see a nice boardwalk that stretches up to a 1000 feet into the ocean. Perfect for sight-seeing.
Delnor-Wiggins State Park
This beach at Delnor-Wiggins Pass is part of a state park which aims to protect local flora and wildlife in the region. A section of its beach is opened for tourists and there you can lounge around and have fun with the family. There are a few areas to find refreshment like cold drinks and snacks as well as pavilions where you can take a shade to escape the hot sun. One thing you can do over here is you can go Scuba diving as there are coral reefs in the seabed. You can swim with the fishes while admiring the colorful coral formations.
Dog Beach Park
Want to bring Fido with you? Of course, you do. Thankfully, there’s the Dog Beach Park. This is where you can bring your dogs while you while you frolick into the seafoam. You can do this off-leash so that’s a nice plus, provided you can control your dogs. Dog Beach Park offers a great bonding time for your dogs while at the same time, giving them a chance to socialize with other dogs as well.
For more information and the address of each of these, check out Tourist Guide