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“Great Beach, this is why people love Naples”

Beautiful clean beach. Easy access, lots of restrooms and other amenities.

Great place to spend with family, friends, or alone.

There is even a restaurant within walking distance where you can call in your order and simply walk across the street to pick up.

Nice beach where locals and visitors staying at near by resorts go. They also have a..

Vanderbilt Beach Park is one of the most popular beach accesses, because it is in a prime location near upscale hotels and in the popular North Naples area.

This is a very clean beach with white sand. Shells dot the beach.

The water is warm and nice with gentle waves. We saw live starfish and sea dollars.

When we were there the beach was quiet and enjoyable.

Meter parking ($1.50/hour) or $8 parking lot for all day is available about 1 block from the beach.

Getting to Vanderbilt Beach

Vanderbilt Beach in North Naples is easy to reach.

The County Park is located at the end of Vanderbilt Beach Road between Immokalee Road and Pine Ridge Road.

If you don’t feel like driving, the beach is on the route of the Naples Trolley Tour, making it a hassle-free day out.

You may want to pack a cooler with food and drinks as you do have to leave the beach to buy snacks.

Across the road from the beach, there is a convenience store and several cafes and places to get ice cream, snacks, and frozen drinks.

You’ll find restrooms and showers near the parking area and bicycle racks closer to the beach.

There is also a concession offering equipment rental, beach chairs, and cabanas nearby.

Naples Beach Trolley!

CAT, Collier County Parks and Recreation, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Collier County Tourist Development Council offer transportation to the beach.

The Beach Trolley operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Saturday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, May 28, 2017. 

Visitors and residents can catch the trolley at the North Collier Regional Park Administration Building, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, Florida 34109.

The trolley runs every 60 minutes and serves Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and Conner Park.

The fare to ride the Beach Trolley is $1.50 for a single ride, or you may use your CAT pass to hop on.

You can use your CAT passes to ride beyond the beach and the park.

 Things to Do on Vanderbilt Beach

  • Finding Beautiful shells on all Naples beaches
  • For kids, the sand on Vanderbilt Beach is just the right consistency for building sandcastles, and the warm clear water is shallow enough for them to play safely for quite a distance from the shore.
  • The gentle breeze is ideal for windsurfing while kayaking, swimming, and playing volleyball are other popular activities
  • The sunsets over the water are just stunning, so hang around until dusk and end the day.  Bring wine/snacks (They are allowed on the beach) and enjoy the moment.

Tour of Collier County Beach Parks, Naples FL

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Vanderbilt Beach Park is one of the most popular beach accesses, because it is in a prime location near upscale hotels and in the popular North Naples area. 

Go early to get a good parking space close to the beach although there is parking garage. $8.00 for visitor.

If you arrive before 10 a.m. January to March, there will be plenty of room on beautiful Vanderbilt Beach.

Parking can be a challenge if you come late, though, Vanderbilt Beach Park has opened a new 375-space parking garage for public use.  

The parking garage is located just West of the Ritz Hotel entrance a few steps from the beach

Is there concession available.

Yes, the serve drinks and chips, ice cream and beach items.

At the entrance of the beach there is a nice restaurant called the beach box. The sell breakfast and lunch.....pizza, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, fruit......really nice. Wifi too.

IS there a picnic area where grilling is allowed?

Yes there are picnic tables and grills available

No, but Wiggins Pass has grills and picnic benches witch is a state park and its right down the street but it does cost but its not exsensive i go there all the time its a great place.

No dogs are allowed on any beaches in Naples

There is one dog beach several miles north of Naples before Fort Myers Beach at Lover's Key beach.

Dog Beach is on the outside edge of Lover's Key State Park along the Fort Myers/Bonita Springs line. It’s an off leash beach to let your dog run free.

Sunsets over the Gulf

WOW! We live near water and sunsets are a common happening, but this was an experience.

What we didn't know is that wine/snacks are allowed on the beach so MANY people went there and hung out waiting. What a great experience.

West facing beach and a wonderful place to watch the Sunset. Always plenty of space to sit and there is plenty of parking within 100 yards.

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Once you get your place in the sand, you can walk to the nearby Turtle Club and eat lunch on the beach

Or you could walk right up to the sandbar Lounge at the Ritz Carlton and get a nice cold drink.

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.