Barefoot Beach
A Hidden Beauty white sand beach, crystal clear water



Nesting Sea Turtles

May through September many nesting sea turtles travel to Florida's Coast to feed and nest, or lay eggs.
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Barefoot Beach is a must visit location for any visitors or nearby residents. 

A Hidden Beauty, If you love the sunset and the beach, you couldn't do better than to pack a lunch and a smile to meet the Florida sunset at the most awesome beach in Florida!

Saylor Trail is hidden gem in Barefoot Beach Preserve 

Video Tour: Cick here for a VIDEO of Barefoot Beach.

Winds through the woods making a 11/4 mile loop. ...

Visitors can take the trail all the way down to the southern tip of Barefoot Beach or continue along the loop. ... 

Barefoot Beach Preserve is popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings and its opportunities for avid fisherman, who are able to enjoy many species of fish.

The inland side of the island provides tidal creeks and mangrove swamps which serve as breeding areas and as a nursery for sport and commercial fish and shellfish. 

Barefoot Beach Preserve 

Barefoot Beach Preserve is located along the Gulf of Mexico in the Northwest corner of Collier County.

From either I-75 or Tamiami Trail (US 41), take Bonita Beach Road, west. Just before reaching the Gulf, turn left (South) onto Barefoot Beach Blvd. map

The main gate to Barefoot Beach is open sunrise to sunset to allow visitor access to Barefoot Beach Preserve – County Park at the south end of Barefoot Beach.

Pass through the gate (a stop is not required, except for commercial vehicles) and continue South through the residential area to the Preserve's North entrance gate.

Parking: $8 entrance fee per vehicle or free for Collier County residents with a beach parking permit. There are three parking lots.

When you arrive, you will be standing on Little Hickory Island, a barrier island with 342 acres of nature preserve some of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast.

Barefoot Beach Preserve offers us canoe tours, butterfly gardens and 8,200 feet of beach fun in a natural setting that runs south all the way to Wiggins Pass.

Rangers offer a number of programs at the Barefoot Beach Preserve Park including lectures and interpretive programs.

Park Rangers educate the public about the importance of the environment and wildlife in Southwest Florida.

Subjects include a guided walk through the preserve, where visitors learn about the many habitats in the preserve as well as flora and fauna.

Rangers also provide a free recreation guide where they take visitors to look at the natural history of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, some of which reside at the preserve.

Barefoot Beach Preserve Park has a 356 space parking lot, one-mile nature trail, showers, picnic area and a concession are where equipment may be rented and food and drink is available for purchase.

The preserve also offers handicapped beach wheelchair access

Facilities: There are restrooms, showers, concessions and picnic tables.

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset
  • Other details: There is fishing gear
  • fishing ramps,
  • two nature trails
  • butterfly and cacti gardens
  • shelling
  • lectures and guided tours,
  • water equipment rentals
  • gopher tortoises.


Southwest Florida Shuffle

"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.

The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"

  • From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.  
  • The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf. 
  • By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
  • It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense. 

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