Swift tides rolling through Wiggins Pass define the northernmost beach of Naples, a spread of sun-drenched sand at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park within sight of a line of condos that stretch southward.
Resources for exploring the area
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Address: 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples
Fees: $6 per vehicle
Restroom: At the trailhead
Land manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. No dogs on beach. Access is closed when parking is full.
Most visitors head for the near shore parking area. Keep going to the end of the road, where the nature trail starts.
Following Interstate 75 through Naples, exit at CR 846 / Immokalee Rd. Head west for 4.6 miles, crossing US 41. The street name becomes Bluebill Ave. Continue straight ahead for another 0.6 mile to the park gate. It’s about a mile driving inside the park to the parking lot at the north end.
About the Park
Being able to walk beneath the sea grapes and relax on this natural beach is the reason that Delnor-Wiggins State Park gets packed with sun-worshipers, especially on weekends.
It’s easy to find pretty seashells along the shore if you arrive early. Bring a picnic and spend the day! The park closes if the parking lots are full.
The 166-acre park is squeezed by urban development but is so thickly canopied by tropical vegetation that it’s easy to lose yourself in nature here.
A short nature trail leads to an observation deck over mangrove forests and the sweep of beach, where terns and gulls gather in groups. You can extend the Observation Tower Trail to a full-blown hike with the beach walk we describe.
See our photos of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
In a hidden corner of Collier County, Barefoot Beach Preserve provides immersion in nature at a beauty spot along two miles of natural shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico just north of Wiggins Pass.
Just four miles east of Interstate 75, get your feet wet in one corner of the vast the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed on the trails of Flint Pen Strand.
Rich with wildlife, CREW Bird Rookery Swamp near Naples provides up to 12 miles of hiking/biking in Big Cypress habitats on tramways through a primordial swamp