Paradise Coast SW FL Beaches
Naples – Marco Island – Bonita Beach – Fort Myers
Barrier Island White Sand Beaches of Southwest Florida Gulf of Mexico Waters
The Beaches of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast are the primary attraction for many visitors and residents of the Paradise Coast. We are protective and proud of the variety and beauty of the special places where the land meets the sea and the white-silver sand meets your toes. Gulf of Mexico waters are warmer than the Atlantic side and ocean swimming here is year-round. Gulf of Mexico waters in Southwest Florida seldom drop much below 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months. The SW FL Gulf of Mexico waters warm to over 90 degrees during summer.
There are dozens of public beaches in Southwest Florida. We present our pick for the Top Beaches in Beaches in Paradise and include some useful information about parking, services, and beach regulations.
Due to the sensitive wildlife and migrating birds, many of our beaches do not allow dogs. Please check and follow beach rules and regulations to help preserve our local wildlife. Browse the Beaches of SW Florida. Add your business or inquire about Paradise Coast SW FL marketing, contact us.
TOP SWFL GULF OF MEXICO BEACHES
DELNOR-WIGGINS PASS (Florida State Park)
This Florida State Park is located at the western end of Immokalee Road just south of where the Cocohatchee River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The park is a lush wildlife habitat with mangroves covering 80% of the area. The park offers several shaded picnic and grilling areas along the length of the beach. A concession stand is available that offers food, drinks, and beach items. A bathhouse is also available with changing stalls. Phone 239.597.6196 to check on the latest beach conditions.
CLAM PASS BEACH, NAPLES
Clam Pass Park in Naples is a bit of paradise tucked in preservation lands. A boardwalk that leads to the Gulf of Mexico and the 3200-foot beach. Clam Pass is located in the north Naples area and is surrounded by local wildlife like shorebirds, eagles, hawks, and osprey.
The beach is open from 8 a.m. to Sundown
There are parking spaces available. A parking fee is charged.
A handicapped beach wheelchair is available.
Restrooms at the beach
A concession with beach equipment rentals, food & drinks is available (limited hours).
NAPLES PIER BEACH
The most popular Naples beach access is downtown, where the historic Naples Pier anchors the town to its past. It’s especially well-loved around sunset. The Naples Fishing Piers is one of the best places for people to watch people fishing and looking for jumping dolphins and hungry pelicans. The Naples Pier is located at the west end of 12th Ave. South in Naples, FL.
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Strictly Enforced)
Parking is available in a lot located one block east of the pier and limited on-street parking is available.
Restrooms and outside showers are available
The Naples Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Ian. A new Naples Pier will soon be constructed.
LOWDERMILK BEACH PARK
Lowdermilk Park is at the very northern end of Naples City Beach, just off Gulf Shore Blvd. The landscaped area next to the beach has a playground facility, pavilion, bathhouse, and concession stand. The beach is a short walk from the parking area. Lowdermilk Beach offers 1,000 feet of white sand beach. Enjoy the park’s playground, volleyball, and duck pond.
The beach is open from 8 a.m. to Sundown
Metered parking spaces are available
Restrooms and outdoor showers are available at the beach
A handicapped beach wheelchair ramp.
LITTLE HICKORY BEACH PASS
26082 Hickory Blvd,
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Phone: (239) 949-4615
We love this little beach. Wonderful views, white sand beaches, many shells, and day ticket parking (when you can find a space)
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort | 560 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145
Save on your Marco Island stay by visiting the official Hilton Marco Island, use Hilton rewards program and explore the latest offerings, special rates and amenities at this resort. Located directly on the beach, minutes from attractions, watersports, Marco Island - Naples activities and world-class golf.
Visit Marco Island Hilton
KEEYAYDIN ISLAND BEACH
Located on the Intercoastal Waterway
near Marco Island, Florida
This is a popular gathering spot for those fortunate to have a boat. The white-silver sand beach and shells offer a place to drop anchor, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, and perhaps indulge in a picnic, do some fishing or just sit in the ocean.
430 Hernando Drive
Marco Island, FL 34145
Nature lovers and birdwatchers love this sandy beach located on the northern tip of Marco Island. Gated entrance and paid parking, restrooms, playground, and changing rooms. Nesting osprey and wildlife viewing. No dogs. Tigertail Beach is one of three beautiful white-sand Marco Island Beaches.
Fort Myers Beach Community Pool
2600 Oak St.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Pool Front Office
What a great place to take the kids for a swim. Property owners in the Town of Fort Myers Beach can get discounts at both the Pool and Bay Oaks. Call 239-765-4222 for more information. Pool fees are very reasonable and discount packages are available. Pool Hours are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Waterslide, swimming lessons, kiddie pool, wheelchair-accessible swim lift.
Don Pedro Island State Park Beach
near Northport, Englewood,
Don Pedro Island was purchased by the state in 1984 under the Save Our Coasts program for $6 million. The ferry service was discontinued to the island. San Pedro Island is accessible only by private boat or kayak. It is approximately a 20-30 minute kayak paddle to the island. There are dock slips for public use, picnic tables, grills, and a large picnic shelter with boardwalks to the beach. Usually a quiet and secluded beach. Many shark teeth, shells, and wildlife may be spotted. Shark’s Teeth similar to the one to the right are found in the waters of Don Pedro Island.
Popular Gulf of Mexico – Southwest Coast Florida Beaches
If you are planning an extended SW FL Beach Tour then consider the following top-rated Florida Beaches.
Lido Key Beach
Bowman’s Beach. Bowman’s Beach Park, Sanibel Island, FL
South Beach Marco Island
Fort Myers Beach
Indian Shores Beach
Boca Grande Beach
Siesta Key Beach
Bean Point Beach
Anna Maria Island – Barrier Island Beach near Sarasota, FL
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