We all know SW Florida locals don't have time to do silly things like go to the beach, but we all break down from time to time and require a day of aggressive tanning (or burning) whilst lodging sand in places we didn't know we had. Bring a chair, a cooler, and check out the list below for local insights into the areas best beaches. 


Cape Romano Dome Home

The Dome Home of Southwest Florida have long been a point of interest for residents and visitors alike. And how could it not be? The (almost) totally unique building now stands alone more than 5 miles south of the southernmost point of Marco Island. Sticking out of the surf like several sore thumbs, the domes just beg to be explored—so that’s just what we did.  


Naples Beach Club Hotel

Our lanai (screened in porch, for you northerners) was boring, so I built us a bar. Everything is more exciting when there is a bar nearby. The same principle applies to the Naples Beach Club section of beach. Sun and sand not cutting it? Add a bar. 


Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park is as much park as it is beach, featuring a small lake with grassy banks, volleyball courts, concession stands, restrooms, and pavilions. 



On Marco Island


Naples Pier

Typically touristy attractions don't generally make our list, but the Naples Pier is such an iconic Naples landmark it'd be impossible to ignore. The pier is located on 12th Ave South in Naples and offers paid and free parking options. 


Vanderbilt Beach

More heavily populated. Parking garage. Daruma!


Delnor Wiggins State Park

LOVE this beach. Picnic here. Parking area 5 near the very north end of the park has an amazing beach front spot nestled in between a few sea grapes. 



A classic beach--a must visit. Rent a bicycle and take a day trip!


Ft. Myers Beach

4 mile stretch of beach ranging from small beachfront cottages to high rise resort style hotels. 


New Pass

South end small beach, north end Dog Beach


Big Hickory Pass

Big Hickory Pass is a beautiful section of beach including two rock jetties, some ever changing sandbars, and opportunities for magnificent scenery and relative seclusion all day. 


Bonita Beach

 The area commonly referred to as Bonita Beach constitutes a 3 mile stretch of beach with 9 beach access areas. Stretching from Doc's Beach house at the south all the way to Big Hickory Pass to the north, there are ample opportunities for a relaxing day at the beach. 


Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach is a gorgeous stretch of beach at the northwestern most part of Collier County. Car access from Bonita Beach Rd takes you alongside some of the largest and most expensive houses anywhere in the area.


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