A recent ranking of the best beaches in the country by U.S. News & World Report includes a few familiar names, and it's no surprise that SWFL beaches hold prime positions on the list. In fact, the beaches of both Sanibel Island and Naples ranked in the top 10. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details on why SWFL beaches rank among the best in the country.
SWFL Beaches: Sanibel Island
- Lighthouse Beach Park – 110 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
The beach at Lighthouse Beach Park has long been one of the most popular beaches near Sanibel homes for sale and can be found on the eastern edge of the island. The large beach here wraps around the tip of Sanibel Island, and the park offers a variety of other attractions to enjoy. Spend some time on the nature trails, enjoy great views of the historic lighthouse, or drop a fishing line from the pier with natural beauty all around you.
- Bowman's Beach – 1700 Bowmans Beach Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957
A quieter beach located in a less developed area, Bowman's Beach is an ideal destination when you're in the mood to take in the scenery. There's ample parking close to Bowman's beach, along with amenities including a kayak/canoe launch, barbecue pits, picnic tables, showers, and a playground.
- Tarpon Bay Beach – 2475 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel, FL 33957
Though it doesn't feature as many amenities as some of the other beaches on our list, Tarpon Bay Beach has its own unique advantages. It's not as well-known as other Sanibel beaches, which makes it easier to find parking and means that this beach often offers a more tranquil, peaceful atmosphere.
- Blind Pass Beach – 6491-6499 Sanibel Captiva Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957
Another beach that's largely undeveloped, Blind Pass Beach stretches from the western edge of Sanibel Island to Bowman's Beach. Blind Pass Beach is a great choice when you want to spend a full day near the sand. There are a few excellent local restaurants with outdoor dining a short walk from the beach, as well as a bait shop where you can pick up all of the supplies you'll need for a day of angling.
- Barefoot Beach Preserve – 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Naples, FL 34134
With 342 acres to explore of natural land, outdoor enthusiasts will love everything offered at Barefoot Beach Preserve. Situated in North Naples, this beach is home to a variety of sea turtles and other animals. Besides spotting wildlife, visitors can also enjoy canoe tours, a walking trail, and a butterfly garden.
SWFL Beaches: Naples
- Naples Pier Beach – 25 12th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102
For a classic beach experience near Naples homes for sale, you can head to one of the community's most famous attractions. Right next to Naples Pier, you'll find beautiful beaches that stretch for miles, perfect for catching a famed Naples sunset or spending the day lounging in the sun.
- Lowdermilk Park – 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, FL 34102
Is people watching part of your ideal beach day experience? The beaches at Lowdermilk Park tend to be a bit more crowded than other places on our list but still offer that relaxed SWFL vibe. So if you prefer the energy of a busy beach, head to Lowdermilk Park early to pick out a prime spot on the sand.
- Clam Pass Park – 465 Seagate Dr., Naples, FL 34103
Perhaps you'd prefer a beach with a more quiet, relaxed atmosphere, ideal for the nature enthusiasts in the family. In that case, a trip to the beach at Clam Pass Park, which is located on 35 acres of natural wilderness, should be just the thing. This relaxed, slightly out-of-the-way beach is ideal for nature walks, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.
- Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – 11135 Gulf Shore Dr., Naples, FL 34108
If you love to spend time collecting shells on beach days, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park offers some of the best shelling in SWFL. This large, undeveloped beach typically features calm, clear waters, which makes it a popular choice for families with young swimmers as well. It's also a great place for kayaking, and you can rent equipment at the concession stand by the beach.
Of course, these are just a small sampling of all the remarkable beaches lining the Paradise Coast. For example, further south, you'll find Marco Island, which is home to beaches like Tigertail Beach and South Marco Beach.
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