Naples Area

Naples status as one of the country’s premier luxury resort communities is well-deserved. Southwest Florida offers the finest in golf, beaches, boating and restaurants, as well as fine shops, art galleries and entertainment in an intimate atmosphere surrounded by an impressive natural setting.


Bowditch Point Regional Park, Estero, north end of Estero Island. San Carlos Blvd south across Matanzas Pass, turn right on Estero Blvd. to the point. Catch the trolley in the Main Street Park & Ride lot, just north of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Picnic and barbecue facilities, pavilion, showers, restrooms, bike and hiking paths and handicap accessible boardwalk. Map

Lynn Hall Memorial Park at the north end of Estero Island, take San Carlos Blvd to Estero Blvd, turn right, the park is on the left. Fishing pier, bathhouse, picnic & barbecue facilities, rentals, refreshment stand, swings, volleyball and parking area. Map

beach_dog Lover’s Key Johnson Park – Bowman’s Beach, Estero is accessed off County Road 865 at the north end of Black Island (just south of Estero Island). The park has picnic facilities, boardwalks, nature trails, restrooms and a tram to the beach. Call 239-472-6477 for more information. Map

beach_dog Lover’s Key State Recreation Area, Estero is south of Big Carlos Pass on County Road 865 at the north end of Black Island (south of Estero Island), 1 square mile state park. Map

beach_dog Barefoot Beach Park/Preserve, Bonita Springs Bonita Beach Road west from US 41 to the guardhouse on the left at Lely Beach Blvd. This is a large park with 365 acres of beaches and trails. There is plenty of paid parking. Amenities include vending machines, a restaurant/bar and clean restrooms. Map

Bonita Beach Park, Bonita Springs Bonita Beach Road west from US 41, curves to the right and becomes Hickory Blvd. The park is on the left just past the intersection of the roads. This beach park has picnic shelters, volleyball courts and a bathhouse. The surf fishing is pretty good and the sand is great. There are several “beachy” places to eat within walking distance of the park. Bring quarters for parking. Map

beach_dog Delnor-Wiggins State Recreation Area, Naples Immokalee Road west from US 41, it becomes Bluebill Avenue after the bridge, the beach is at the end of the road. Hours are 8 a.m. to sunset and there are lifeguards on duty. Lots of parking close to the beach. You can enjoy great sand and 166 acres of nature trails, woods and beaches with lots of trees and wildlife. There is an observation tower, picnic areas, grills, large clean restrooms and showers. Admission and parking fees. Call 239-597-6196 for more information. Map

Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Take Vanderbilt Beach Road west from US 41. This beach is next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and within easy walking distance of several casual restaurants. Facilities include lifeguards, picnic areas, grills, tower, boat ramp, restrooms and showers. There is limited parking a few blocks east and handicapped parking is right at the beach entrance. Map

Clam Pass, Naples Take Seagate Drive west from US 41, the beach entrance is next to the Registry Resort. There is lots of parking. You can take a tram or walk (10 to 15 minutes) through the mangroves, along the boardwalk to the beach. Chaise lounge and equipment rentals are available on the beach from the Registry Resort. There is a lots of parking, snack bar, outdoor showers and restrooms, water-sport equipment rentals. Map

naples_beachBeach Parks, Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples Park Shore or Harbour Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. North. There are three beach parks accessible from Gulf Shore North, Horizon Way, Vedado Way and Via Miramar. These are pretty, serene beaches perfect for sunning, walking, shell collecting, surf fishing and watching shore birds. There is a stone jetty at the south end of Via Miramar beach, making it a good place to find shells and other sea life. There are hoses for rinsing off but no other amenities. Parking is limited, the meters take quarters. Map

Lowdermilk Park, Naples Banyan Blvd. west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. Loads of parking, a snack bar, vending area, picnic tables, volleyball courts, and decent restrooms. There are restaurants and a deli in a small shopping center across the street. Map

Beach Parks, Gulf Shore Blvd. South, Naples Mooring Line Drive west from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd. South. There is beach access at every Avenue from 8th Avenue North to 18th Avenue South. There are no restrooms or other amenities, just beautiful sand beaches, gulf breezes and gentle surf. Outdoor showers or foot showers. Parking is very limited, the meters take quarters. There are no restrooms or other amenities. You will also find public access to the beach on Gordon Drive at 32nd and 33rd Avenues South. Map

Nature Centers

Briggs Nature Center The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, State Road 951, south of US 41 East in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Features a half-mile boardwalk, interpretive center, a wide variety of guided boat tours and beach walks are conducted regularly. Info: 239-775-8569. Map

Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary Sanctuary Road, 15 miles east of I-75 on Immokalee Road. 239-348-9151. It’s worth the trek to experience this National Audubon Society preserve in the largest remaining old growth bald cypress forest in the world. A 2.25 mile boardwalk winds through various habitats. Various animals including alligator, white tail deer, river otter, turtles and black bear and nearly 200 species of birds make their home here. Map

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area 11100 Gulf Shore Drive North, Naples. 239-597-6196. A variety of animals can be observed along the short nature trail and in the pass including, manatees, gopher tortoises, dolphins, ospreys, and wading birds. Click for more information about the beach, fishing and other amenities. Map

Estero Bay Preserve State Park is the first aquatic preserve established in Florida and is one of the most productive estuaries in the state. The bay is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the bald eagle. The preserve protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay. Visitors can canoe or kayak in the bay or on the Estero River. Miles of trails offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bicycle, or study the variety of wildlife and native vegetation protected here.

Naples Nature Center The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 14th Avenue North off Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples (Just south of Golden Gate Parkway). 239-262-0304. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, butterfly garden, short trails, museum and free narrated boat tours. Canoe and kayak rentals. Map

Naples Preserve Adjacent to Fleischmann Park at U.S. 41 and Fleischmann Blvd., Naples. A unique green space located in the heart of Naples contains a wide variety of plants and wildlife associated with one of the oldest ecological communities in Florida. Hours: Daily Dawn to dusk. Map

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 300 Tower Road,Naples (off Collier Blvd. just south of US 41) Info: 239-417-6310. Facilities include: self-guided walking and canoe trails, birding and wildlife photography opportunities. Environmental Learning Center, including visitor center and marine laboratory. Map


Collier County Parks
North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples – Amenities: 8 tournament soccer fields, 8 tournament softball fileds, RecPlex Fitness Complex, Sun-n-Fun Lagoon Water Park, Calusa Fossil Dig children’s play area, Interactive playground, Exhibt Hall, Park Ranger tours and education. Hours: Daily 6 AM to 10 PM. Map

Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples – On the shores of 60-acre Lake Avalon offers kayaking, paddle boats, beach for sunbathing and gazebo to enjoy the lake views. Water skiing and sailing lessons offered through Collier County Parks & Recreation. Walking trail. Hours: Daily 8 AM to dusk. Map

Pelican Bay Community Park, 764 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples – Tennis is the main attraction of this park and memberships are required for play or a daily entry fee. 8 lighted clay tennis courts, 4 lighted raracquetball courts, 2 bocce courts, lighted basketball court and playground, volleyball court, softball and soccer field, walking trails, lake and pavilion. Hours: Daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Map

beach_dog Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples – Park amenities include: a Community Center, Fitness Center, 3 lit softball fields, 1 lit baseball field, lit bocce ball courts, 4 lit tennis courts, 4 lit racquetball courts, lit playground, 1 lit soccer/football field, picnic area, 2 sand volleyball courts, Rover Run Dog Park, covered lit multi-purpose rink and 2 picnic pavilions. Offers many children’s activities as well as exercise classes including Bone Builders. Hours: Daily 8 AM to 1 PM. Map

Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd., Naples – Amenities: Community Center, 2 lit softball fields, 4 soccer fields (3 are lit), 4 lit comfort cushioned tennis courts, 2 lit basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts, walking trail, 8 picnic shelters, pavilion, lit playground, rest rooms and a water play feature. After-school and summer camps. Hours: Daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Map

Bonita Springs Parks
City of Bonita Springs Recreation Center, 26740 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs – Pool, skate park, basketball, volleyball, exercise facility, tennis, wide variety of classes and day camps for adults and children. Small membership fee. Info: 239-992-2556. Hours: Mon – Sat 8 AM to 9 PM, Sun 10 AM to 4 PM.

Estero Parks
Koreshan State Historic Site, U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road, Estero – the historical location of the Koreshan Unity movement’s utopian settlement. Camping, boat ramp, canoe rental, guided tours. Info: 239-992-0311. Map

Mound Key Archaeological State Park, U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road, Estero – Prehistoric Native Americans are credited with creating this island’s complex of mounds with an accumulation of seashells, fish bones, and pottery. Mound Key is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Info: 239-992-0311. Hours: Daily 8 AM to sundown. Map


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Coconut Point Mall  Located on U.S. 41 between Corkscrew Road and Coconut Road in Estero.  This unique outdoor mall offers an amazing array of large national retailers, and local shops.  Some excellent restaurants are also available.  Map

Fifth Avenue South is more than just a place to shop, it is a complete sensory experience offering restaurants, art galleries, jewelers, distinctive clothing shops and home accessory boutiques, Sugden Theatre, elegant restaurants and outdoor cafes so you can relax and enjoy the scenery as it strolls by. Map

Third Street South, Olde Naples is a lovely shopping and dining area that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A short stroll from the Naples Pier, little courtyards, parks and beautiful landscaping invite visitors to explore and enjoy the many interesting shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes on offer. Map

Mercato (The Strada) at Vanderbilt Bch Rd and US 41 – offers an exciting array of restaurants, such as Capital Grille, McCormick and Schmicks, and the Blue Martini bar, as well as Whole Foods Market, and the incomparable Silverspot Movie Theater.  Exclusive shops abound on the main street setting. Upscale Residences are offered for sale above the retail area.   Map

The Village at Venetian Bay in Park Shore offers a great variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. The beautiful location invites strolling among the shops, stopping for an ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry’s, lunch or dinner at one of the lovely restaurants, and picking up a few trinkets in the many shops. Take Park Shore Road east from US 41 to Gulf Shore Blvd North.  Map

The Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay is a wonderful collection of shops and restaurants clustered around a lakes and waterfalls. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and home to such upscale shops as Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Salvatore Ferragamo you will enjoy the broad array of venues. Many favorite national stores are represented here: Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, and Burberry. Some shops exclusive to Naples offering interior decorations, works of art, jewelry and clothing. Stop at Barnes & Noble for some reading material and relax at the cafe with a Starbucks coffee and a pastry. Map

If you haven’t had enough shopping locally, just a short excursion away you will find an excellent outlet mall: Miromar Outlets  just off I-75 at Exit 19 in Estero, next to Germain  Arena. Map

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