If there is one thing for sure, that sets Naples apart, it’s the easy beach access. From Pelican Bay south to Port Royal, Naples has seven miles of sugary-white sand beaches with public accessibility. Unlike much of the rest of the Sunshine state where the beaches are dotted with hotels & motels, restaurants & ice cream parlors and t-shirt shops with neon arrows pointing the way…Naples beautiful beaches are predominantly residential…all spectacular beach front single family homes & large estates at the south end…and all majestic, towering high-rises and well manicured mid-rises and villas at the north end…Perfectly landscaped mediums, jogging trails, bike paths, and picturesque bridges. The beaches in Naples are pristine, and best of all they can be enjoyed by everyone! In the downtown area, at the end of every avenue there is public beach parking (avenues run east and west, streets run north and south). North of downtown as you meander along Gulfshore Boulevard you wind back and forth to and from the gulf up over bridges that look out over Moorings Bay and Venetian Bay. This is where the condos begin and there are several convenient locations along the boulevard which accommodate parking for beach access; Via Miramar and Vedado Way to name a couple.
Getting a beach parking permit is easy, too. There are several locations around town, but most folks go to Naples City Hall at 735 8th Street South. They are open Monday-Friday from 8-5. Their phone number is 239-213-1800. You can also go to the Collier County Government Center, but they only do resident permits. Their phone number is: 239-252-8999, if you’d like to call first.
Full time residents only require 2 documents: 1). A current Florida vehicle registration displaying a Collier County address (no copies please), and 2). A current Florida driver’s license displaying a Collier County address. Part-time residents require 3 documents: 1). Current vehicle registration or rental car agreement, 2). Current driver’s license, and 3). Current Collier County tax statement or deed or closing papers within 6 months.Visitors who are “non” residents (those who do not own property in Collier County) can get an annual beach parking permit with two documents: 1). Current vehicle registration or rental car agreement and 2). Current driver’s license. The cost is $50. for the year and valid for 12 months.
In 2005 the Travel Channel voted Naples as having the nation’s #1 beach. The sunsets are breathtaking and the parks along the beach are fabulous. We have some of the best shelling in the world, too! Lowdermilk Park is located just north of Old Naples in Coquina Sands, and Clam Pass Park is located north of Park Shore near the Naples Grande Resort. Come on down, get a little bit of sand between your toes…trust me, you’ll never want to leave!
*If you have any photographs of the beach in Naples that you would like to have featured on our website, please email them to me at michele@NaplesRealEstate.com Thanks and have a great day!