Fame!!! It can come for many reasons and for this area, golf may be one of them, however the beaches of Naples Florida have their own place in the spotlight.
This magnificent 17 mile stretch of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico keeps providing both tourists and locals a most enjoyable experience for recreation and education in one of the finest of climates to be found anywhere.
There are a few fairly unique features to these Collier County amenities such as all the beaches are public, (even though there are some private areas away from the water’s edge), there are no real retail shops (fast food, t-shirt shops, etc.) allowed, daily or weekly rentals of homes are prohibited (excluding hotels), and the only north/south interruption of the beach is the occasional pass to rivers or bays.
There are a few rules that everyone should know regarding the beaches of Naples Florida, starting with keeping them clean of litter, with trash disposal containers located at every beach. Directly on them, the beaches do not permit “glass containers, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, pets, bicycles, and motorized vehicles.” Violators could be ticketed by the beach patrol officers of either the city or county.
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One other item of caution is that stingrays tend to inhabit the shoreline of the Gulf, especially during the period from May through October (off “Season” for the area). The possibility of a sting by one of these creatures can usually be avoided by doing the “Stingray Shuffle.” Once you enter the water, just shuffle your feet slowly through the sand, which will send out vibrations that will warn of your presence, and give the opportunity to use their natural reflexes and get out of your way. They are beautiful, magnificent to watch and would prefer to scurry away from humans.
Another important inhabitant of this sandy environment is the sea turtle. The Collier County Environmental Services Department (CCESD) is part of the state’s study of nesting sea turtle population. Responsible for nearly 24 miles of beach (including Keywaydin, each morning during nesting season biologists patrol the area looking for signs of nesting. Each nest is marked with stakes and warning tape and then monitored for eventual hatching. Later the nest is excavated to determine the number of hatchlings that successfully emerged from the nest. It should be noted that it is illegal to “harm, harass, or kill any sea turtles, their eggs, or hatchlings,” as well as “import, sell, or transport turtles or their products.”
The first place to start when discussing Naples beaches is actually in Bonita Springs, at least according to the United State Postal Service. Barefoot Beach, at the very end of Bonita Beach Road, is in Collier County however it has a Lee County ZIP Code. Starting at the county line, this stretch of sand starts with a small park area with covered picnic tables, plus some available county authorized parking. It goes southward along the Gulf with multi-million dollar single family homes, as well as condos and villas lining the way for roughly a mile to the Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park.
Established in 1990, the Preserve is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on this coast, protecting the mainland from coastal water and wind. Strikingly beautiful by its own nature, there are still 5 distinct habitats within this park: beach, dunes, coastal strand, maritime hammock and mangrove forest. It is well known as a great place to stroll along and look for shells or to lay back, relax, look out and watch the dolphins romp in the Gulf. Another option while in the preserve is to make use of the Park Rangers, who provide a number of useful and informational services to visitors, such as a guided tour through a nature trail to observe the plants and animal life that live there, or to educate people regarding life style of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a very prominent resident in the Preserve. However it is not just the local residents that sing the praises of Barefoot Beach. It has just recently been named as the #2 of the list of “America’s Best Beaches” for 2015 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach,” whose ratings are published each year on Memorial Day, and featured in Conde Naste magazine and other media throughout the world. Some of the criteria used in the rankings include the softness of the sand, color of the water, views, water temperature and safety.
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The Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park ends to the south at a narrow stretch of water known as Wiggins Pass, whereby access to the Gulf of Mexico is attainable from the homes on Little Hickory Bay, as well as those from communities such as Pelican Isle and Marina Bay Club.
Large 3 bath 3 bedroom condo True Western Gulf views with endless sunsets at an exceptional price. Consider early breakfast with the flocks of birds to greet you or a manatee or dolphin later in the day as you enjoy your private view. Oversized master bedroom and master bath. Pets are welcome. Private elevator foyer with only 2 residents per floor. Only a few steps to low density private pool and spa. Looking for added pleasures at reasonable rates The Club and Beach shuttle experience is an option as well as the Yacht club. Membership is Not mandatory, however the seller will provide a One year trial membership with the sale of the condo. List price $865,000
On the other side of this outlet is the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, a designated recreational area and one of the most popular beach attractions in the state, which is located on a narrow barrier island separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps. This mangrove forest accounts for around 80% of the total area of the park, while proving to be a major nutritional source for the marine life that make their start in these waters. Mollusks, soft corals, numerous crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals and a variety of fish call these shallow waters home.
Additionally the mangroves act as a buffer to the coast regarding heavy storms, filter their waters to maintain quality, and use their extensive root system to limit and prevent erosion. They, together with other native vegetation such as sea oats, cabbage palms and sea grapes, provide a most natural habitat for many species of wading and shore birds. In the winter months, many times manatees use the warm waters here as a refuge.
The known history of the area begins with the Calusa Indians, building villages and their harvesting of the bountiful Gulf and Bay waters. The first written record of the area was done by Joseph Wiggins in the late 1800’s, who was also the first person to “homestead” here. He ran a trading post providing goods to indians and early settlers alike, and had the “Pass” named after him. Eventually the property became to be owned by Dellora A. Norris, who then donated the land to Collier County, hence the name “Delnor”. The state of Florida bought the property from the County in 1970 in order to open a “state park”. This major development was eventually completed and officially opened to the public in 1981.
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As one might expect being situated so close to Barefoot Beach, the #2 of “America’s Best Beaches,” the beach of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park earned a ranking of #9 on its own merits. The park however has a lot more going for it than just the spectacular stretch of sand.
Wiggins Pass serves as a natural outlet to the Gulf for the Cocohatchee River. From here explorations can go east up the river, use the back bays to go north to Estero Bay or west to the Gulf. A very convenient boat ramp which empties into Water Turkey Bay and then via the South Channel to the river, is located in the park. The “concessionaire” for the park offers kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes for rent to explore any of the surrounding bay areas. It should also be noted that they will deliver food, drinks, lounge chairs and umbrellas to any area of the park.
While shelling may be a major attraction for many beach goers (remember to keep in mind that “live” shelling is a real NO-NO), fishing is another big plus for the Park. The Gulf, Water Turkey Bay and the Cocohatchee River are all prime spots to fish from a boat, providing an opportunity to snag both fresh and saltwater fish. Fishing is also allowed from the shoreline along Wiggins Pass or wading into Water Turkey Bay. The only major spots where fishing is prohibited is in the swimming areas of the park, which is within 300 feet of the beach along the Gulf. Swimming is not permitted in Wiggins Pass itself, due primarily to strong currents and undertows.
Strolling south of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park along the the Gulf of Mexico beaches, the first thing to been seen away from the water is the 11 story, recently constructed, modern high-rise condominium, Moraya Bay. As a point of interest, earlier this month a home on the 6th floor that has nearly 4,400 square feet of living area including 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, was sold for $6.0 million. Continuing south along Vanderbilt Beach, there are a number of other condominiums, as well as the La Playa Beach & Golf Resort. Here is a place where you can get a cool drink or a bite to eat in either their Tiki Bar or Baleen Restaurant. A little further down is the Vanderbilt Beach County Park, where ample parking is available, as well as rest rooms, showers and easy handicap accessibility to the beach.
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Directly south of the Vanderbilt Beach Park is a Forbes Five Star Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. If hunger or thirst hits you, their Gumbo Limbo restaurant, with easy access from the beach, is a great place to satisfy those cravings. (They make a fabulous Mai Tai. For lunch the Floridian Conch Chowder, Salmon BLT or their Burger make great choices. Grilled Mahi-Mahi or Crab Cakes are dinner favorites, with Key Lime Pie or Raspberry Creme Brulee being a super way to end the meal.)
Past the Ritz-Carlton, come a string of 6 high-rise condominium buildings, each with around 20 floors and seven figure price tags, that are located in the Bay Colony section of Pelican Bay, along with their private beach club. Beyond them are the ultra mansions of The Strand at Bay Colony. This is a group of 12 single family residences directly on the beach, most having roughly 130 feet of beachfront property, with house sizes going up to nearly 16,000 square feet of living space. Continuing southward you will find conservation areas of mangroves, 2 private beach clubs for the residents and guests of Pelican Bay, and many of that development’s condominiums, until you reach the Naples Grande Beach Resort and Clam Pass.
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On the opposite side of this little break in the sand is Clam Pass County Park which consists of around 35 acres with 3,200 feet running along the Gulf of Mexico, and bounded by Outer Clam Bay. From the street parking area, with over 180 spots and south of the Resort, access to the beach is gained via a boardwalk through a highly environmentally protected mangrove forest. This boardwalk is roughly ¾ of a mile long and can be walked or you can catch a free ride on a tram which runs throughout the day. This boardwalk gives individuals the opportunity to see up close coastal sand dunes as well as 3 species of mangroves: white, red and black.
Offering dramatic and incomparable 360-degree views along Gulf Shore Boulevard North, this is the first opportunity for purchase of one of the most prized penthouse residences within Naples most prestigious buildings, the Enclave at Park Shore. The Enclave is home to only 28 residences, with each residence occupying an entire floor. Penthouse 4 is nestled on the premium top floor location and offers one of the most coveted, unobstructed views of the Naples beachfront and surrounds. Thoughtfully customized by its original owner, a visionary and celebrated international author, this residence exudes an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance. Penthouse 4 offers an expansive floor plan encompassing over 7,600 square feet with four bedrooms, private office and four full baths. Designed with Grecian art deco appointments throughout, this home offers expansive views from floor to ceiling windows in nearly all living spaces, marble flooring, thoughtfully designed custom built-ins, artwork and furnishings designed specifically for this residence. Penthouse 4 comes complete with a private three-car attached garage area, which provides immediate access to the Enclave beach walkway and pool area. Offered for $11.0
A shade farther south is the very small North Gulf Shore Boulevard County Beach, which is gained by a walking path between the Seagate Condominiums and the north end of Gulf Shore Boulevard North. From there starts the beach of Park Shore and the 25+ condominiums between the Gulf and Venetian Bay, then continuing on to Moorings. It is here that there is a break in the sand to allow for Doctors Pass, the access point into the Gulf from these connecting communities, including the directly south Coquina Sands. It is here where Lowdermilk Park is located. One of the most popular public spots to watch the famed Naples sunsets for tourists and locals alike, there is 1,000 feet of beachfront, numerous picnic tables, kids playground and a short walk to the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
After the Hotel comes Olde Naples, and its perfect stretch of public beach, with available parking at the end of most of the avenues at the water. Roughly 20 blocks down, at 12th Avenue South, is where Naples Pier can be found, probably the most famous landmark in all of Naples and which is presently being renovated.
Dreamhouses of Old Naples and D. A. George and Sons construction are proud to present a 3,557 sq ft under air & 4,522 sq ft under roof home. Located in the heart of Olde Naples, this home has 5 bedrooms, 5.1 baths, and a first floor master suite with beautiful view of fully landscaped outdoor living area. Outside has full kitchen, fireplace and a pool with a cascading stone wall of water. There are exquisite interior finishes throughout the home including wide plank beached wood white oak flooring thought out. Chefs dream kitchen has a large center island, beautiful thick gray marble, 42” white shaker panel cabinets with upper glass doors and crown accents, tile back splash, Wolf dual fuel range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wet bar, elegant wine room with frame less glass doors. 3.5 blocks from historic Naples Pier and renowned Naples beaches. One block from historic 3rd street shopping and dining district. Home is scheduled to be completed November of 2015. Call listing agent for complete list of our inventory. Dreamhouses of Old Naples walk to town, walk to beach, live the dream for $4.7
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