Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at one of our public or secluded beaches. Many Southwest Florida beach locations have amenities like restrooms, playgrounds and food vendors. Here are your best choices for fun in the sun.
Public Beaches Located in Charlotte County
2100 North Beach Road, Englewood • County Park
Preferred park for families. Hardly a day goes by that dolphins are not seen romping just offshore in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Other wildlife abounds too: loggerhead turtles have been known to nest here and the shore is alive with seabirds.
The many amenities include: BBQ, basketball, boat ramps, fishing pier, tennis courts, playground, volleyball courts, canoe/kayak, picnic shelters, restrooms. Alternatively take a boat ride or hire a boat for the day from any of the local marinas and enjoy a day on an island beach.
2 Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs • County Park
Barefoot Beach Preserve is a popular Collier County Parks & Rec facility for both beach and nature lovers. The beach is printine with concessions for food and rentals for beach gear. 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.
Clam Pass Park is a beautiful beach access point in North Naples. Clam Pass has 175 public parking spaces, which are free to visitors who have a beach parking sticker or visitors can pay a daily use fee. A boardwalk runs through a mangrove forest of salt-tolerant red, white and black mangroves, leading to the beach. Visitors can walk the boardwalk to the beach or use the tram.
Northern end of the Naples City Beach. The landscaped area next to the beach has a playground facility. Lowdermilk Park is one of Naples' premier beachfront parks, with metered and unmetered parking, concession stand with food and refreshments, sand volleyball courts, restrooms, showers and a gazebo.
One of the most popular beaches is at the Naples Municipal Beach, located at the end of 12th Street, just two blocks from Naples’ downtown district. White sandy beach, calm waters and coconut palms line the shore. The Municipal Beach is also home to the recently renovated Naples Pier, which extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.
South Marco Beach Access is a 70-parking space lot with rest room access. The parking lot is located on Swallow Avenue and is a short walk across South Collier Boulevard to a one-acre beach access. The walk is lined with sabal palm and is surrounded by plush hotels on Marco Island. Discover this get away!
Vanderbilt Beach Park is one of the Naples' most popular beach accesses, because it is in a prime location near upscale hotels and in the popular North Naples area. The beach offers wide space for all visitors, gorgeous white sand surroundings, sea oats and rest room access.
Boca Grande Beach, within the Gasparilla Island State Park, is the perfect place to find quiet relaxation and the charm of old Florida, without compromising on a beautiful natural environment with brilliant beaches, clear blue and green water, and lots of tropical vegetation everywhere. Historic lighthouse and visitor information on property.
This beautiful beach front park is on the northern tip of Bonita Beach. It offers a variety of amenities. You will find restrooms, shelters with tables and grills, a playground, and a sand volleyball court. Parking is available for $2 per hour.
17 acre dual use facility located at the northern tip of Estero Island. 7 acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and 10 acres of restoration/preserve area. This serene location, which encompasses the entire end of the island, offers a choice beach setting. The backbay offers quiet waters, peaceful surroundings and a close up look of vessels entering and exiting the bay.
1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel Island • County Park
Bowman's Beach offers some of the Sanibel's best shelling, and some of the island's most remote beach space. There is a quarter mile or so walk from the parking lot to the beach,in which you'll cross a wooden bridge over freshwater.
This 719-acre facility located on San Carlos Bay. It is a pristine, completely natural area. This is living ecosystem that ranges from a sandy beach to Mangrove forests to salt flats and contains a wide variety of wildlife for viewing and offers great photographic opportunities from the flora & fauna to fantastic sunsets.
At the end of San-Cap Road, directly behind South Sea Plantation. This is a beach parking lot (fee required) that has assess to beautiful Captiva Beach.The park and pay stations are maintained by the Captiva Erosion Prevention District. Visitors parking at the Captiva Island North Lot (Alison Hagerup Beach Park) in this lot will be requiredto pay the $2 hour rate.
This family-oriented gulf front park is conveniently located adjacent to shopping and restaurants of the Times Square district. In addition to the "World's Safest Beach" it features a fishing pier with bait/gift shop, shelters with grills for picnicking, a ship shaped playground for the kids, outdoor freshwater rinse off showers and restrooms with changing facilities.
This is the site of our historic functioning lighthouse. Located on the eastern tip of Sanibel, wrapping around to the bay side. This is where the t-dock-fishing pier is and a boardwalk nature trail winding through native wetlands. Turn left on Periwinkle Way from Causeway Road.
Tarpon Bay Rd at West Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island • City Park
Tarpon Bay Beach is a popular destination on Sanibel Island. With miles of of beach to stroll on in either direction this beach is great for combing for shells. Its location away from swift currents make it great for swimming.
Two-thirds of Caspersen has been left in its natural state. In areas, large rocks jut from the sand, creating tide pools at low tide. In most places the sand is a light tan color, but in other areas the sand is nearly black. These dark sands hold a secret – they are the most likely repository of prehistoric shark teeth.
Crescent Beach offers the lush, white sands, as well as azure waters and stunning sunsets, but it is relatively secluded and quiet, as it has only one public access road. Located just south of Siesta Beach, the beach scene here tends to be more peaceful and private.
8570 Manasota Key Road, Manasota Key • County Park
The beach is situated between the Gulf and the Intercostal Waterway. A boat ramp and docking facilities are available allowing access to the Bays and Gulf. The 620 feet of dock/boardwalk through the mangroves. A wonderful place to spend your leisure time whether you are interested in swimming, boating, fishing, walking, collecting shells.
Nokomis Beach is located on Casey Key directly west of the Albee Road Bridge. It is Sarasota County’s oldest public beach. This popular destination offers a family-oriented beach and is also a popular spot for fishing and picnicking.
Siesta Beach is renowned for its breath-taking sunsets, easy-going waves, and gorgeous, crystal-white sand. The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet. Rated number two on Dr. Beach's "Best Beaches in America in 2009 and 2010.
At the southern tip of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach, which provides a sportier, “family play” beach experience. The beach has picnic areas, a playground, a volleyball court and horseshoe pit. There's also a boat launch, and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon.