Naples is one of the best places to vacation in Florida –scratch that– the U.S.! Hundreds of miles of white powder beaches are perfect for relaxing and playing. You might be overwhelmed by all the amazing options so we’ve created a guide to help you choose the best beach for your needs. Here are the top five beaches in Naples, Florida:
1. Delnor-Wiggins State Park
Delnor-Wiggins State Park is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Located in North Naples, this peaceful oasis is surrounded by mangroves making it a great place to spot some of the area’s wildlife. The park stretches for over a mile which allows visitors to spread out while they enjoy the beach. Plus with five separate parking lots and an overflow lot, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to unload. There is a small fee per car to enter the park but parking is free.
2. Lowdermilk Park
Lowdermilk Park is perfect for a picnic as it has numerous tables and pavilions. Order takeout from one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with a view. Top-rated eateries such as Caffe Dell’Amore and First Watch are located within walking distance. One drawback to this beach is the limited parking. Make sure to arrive early and be prepared to wait for a parking spot during “season” (mid-December through Easter).
3. Via Miramar
You’ll often find fishermen standing on the rock jetty casting their line at Via Miramar. This is a great place to test your luck at reeling in a speckled trout or mackerel. The beach is also beautiful for sunbathing or shell hunting. One thing to note about this beach is that there are no public bathrooms in sight. Be prepared to change in your car and take a dip in the ocean when you need to… well, you know.
4. Calm Pass Beach Park
Clam Pass Beach Park is a bit more secluded than some of the others on this list. It’s great for wildlife enthusiasts and shell hunters. The park has a boardwalk, a nature trail and a 3,200-foot stretch of white sand beach. There is a walk to the beach but the park offers a tram service.
5. Vanderbilt Beach
Vanderbilt Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Naples. Because of its central location and proximity to several shops and restaurants, it’s typically busy. It’s definitely at the top of the list if you plan to get up early and beat the crowds. If you prefer to sleep in, you will still be able to find a spot but will likely need to park in the public parking garage located just West of the Ritz Hotel entrance. This is just a few steps from the beach.
One of the best ways to enjoy one of Naples’ beaches is with a family portrait session. When you book a session with Chasing Creative, you receive a location guide which includes example images of each spot. Learn more about sessions with Chasing Creative HERE.