To the vacationer, the once sleepy little town on the Gulf might seem like another rich Florida community, like Palm Beach or South Beach. Yes, many of the “snowbirds” and even year-round residents may have money, and there are more mansions than you can shake a stick at, but the pulse of Naples is less stuffy -more relaxed. And guess what? The beaches are within walking distance of the city!
We shot this high definition video of the beach in Naples in the Park Shore area, more toward Clam Pass Park around sunset when stingrays were feeding. Watch as they playfully eat and swim very close to the edge and the gentle waves take them almost out of the water.
Later we happened upon a fellow who had just caught a shark on the same beach. But yes, we swim here. And these animals make up part of the Gulf of Mexico. For the most part, we leave them alone and they leave us alone.
Beautiful vistas abound, north or south, you can literally stroll for miles. And the backdrop, upscale mansions that line the Gulf coast. Hands down the most popular spot along the beach is close to Naples Pier at 12th Avenue South. Here you’ll find volleyball and surf in the same setting. Walkout to the end of the pier and watch locals and tourists try their luck at fishing. A hungry pelican may be eying the situation.
And along the pier, you will most likely see a friendly dolphin or two. Anywhere along the coast, you’ll find it ideal to spread out the family’s beach blanket and camp out for the day. Some parks have bathhouses and food stands on-site and rentals available for everything from umbrellas to kayaks to snorkeling gear. And when you want a change of pace, golf is “the” sport in sunny Naples, Florida. There are over 35 courses throughout the city and surroundings. Shopping is first class with boutiques and galleries along Fifth Avenue South and “gallery row” Third Street South.
Don’t forget the beach faces west. You’re in for some awesome sunsets anywhere along Naples’ miles of white powder. It’s the perfect end to an incredible day in paradise. And tomorrow, just do it all over again!
- Sand – medium grain, some imported, soft
- Facilities – varied along the beach. Full facilities at Pier and all city and county parks.
- Shade – none, some rentals at parks
- Sports – bring your own gear, some rentals at parks
- Notes – even during high season (America winter), the beach never gets crowded