VIBE: Relaxed, Upscale
North Gulf Shore Beach, 4989-4999 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL 34103
Are you longing for an easy, breezy break in paradise? Then choose Naples North Gulf Shore Beach for your next trip! It is one of the most sought-after beaches on the Florida Gulf coast. It is located on the north side of US 41, just south of Pine Ridge Road. The beach has a white sand shoreline and there are plenty of palm trees to provide shade. This beach is open from 8am to sunset year round and has lifeguards on duty during those hours. There are showers, changing rooms, and restrooms near the small, metered parking lot for visitors. Dogs are not allowed on this beach.
Naples Beach Sand
The sand on any beach on the Gulf of Mexico is incredible! Some beaches are more rocky but this beach has soft, white sand that is thick and plentiful. It's powdery and if you like lying on the sand, it will surround your body like a warm blanket. When we visited the beach, it was free of debris and a delight to walk on. Sometimes the sand is too hot on your feet, but this time of year (March) it is just about perfect. There are some large rocks on the beach which are great for photographs.
Naples Beach Water
It's hard to beat a Naples beach for beautiful Gulf water. Similar to Siesta Key Beach, the blue green hues are the first thing you see after you exit the path onto the beachfront. The water is calm, clear and you can see right down to your feet. There are only a few pebbles as you wade into the Gulf water. It's not shell covered like Sanibel Island, but you can find a few good ones if you take your time. Naples has over 10 miles of coastline and North Gulfshore Beach delivers the beauty and relaxation you expect in Florida and it is clean. When you view the Gulf of Mexico for the first time, the only thing you'll say is, "Wow!"
Beach Parking and Amenities
This beach is smaller than Clearwater, but just as pretty and not as crowded. Parking is available but limited. The parking lot has 38 parking spaces available and it's pay at the meter. But, like every other parking lot near a Florida beach, you will have to get there early! Then just walk between the condos of Seagate and North Gulfshore Boulevard to reach the shoreline. If the lot is full, there is metered parking available at several other nearby beach access areas. You can pay by credit card and it is patrolled:
Naples Beach Activities
Naples North Gulf Shore Beach is one of the nicest beach destinations in Naples. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike because it offers a wide variety of activities. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, sunbathing, yoga on the beach and more. It’s also home to the Naples Pier where you can go for a scenic walk or just enjoy the view. The pier is a little smaller than Fort Myers Beach. It is open 24 hours a day and provides visitors with an excellent vantage point for viewing the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and stunning sunsets. There is also a rack of life vests for children to use for the day and return. If you just want to feel the sun on your face and toes in the sand, then this is the beach for you! If you are feeling energetic, why not go out on a boat cruise or rent a jet ski at Pure Florida.
Look Out! This Could Happen...
We always try to warn you about the pitfalls of every beach we visit. Naples Beach is no exception. Naples is one of the most highly-priced areas in the Sunshine State, where upscale hotels, dining, and tourist outings can be expensive. You will have to shop around for accommodation and entertainment options that suit your budget. The Cove Inn has a reputation for not breaking the bank. For dining, check out Happy Hour at Riverwalk Restaurant at Tin City. For some shopping fun there is an eclectic collection of thrift store and consignment shops that include high-fashion castoffs. Check out Naple's largest luxury consignment shop Audrey's of Naples.
What We Really Think About Naples Beach
This beach has many beautiful palms and trees lining the walkway down to the beach. We love the large rocks leading into the Gulf water which are great for photos. We have been to beaches all over Florida and this one is beautiful. It's just so relaxing and less crowded than Fort Myers Beach. There are a few large condos to the side of the beach, but the foliage behind you makes it seem like a little island paradise. If you visit during when the snowbirds are gone, you will get the best water temperatures for swimming with less crowds.
Naples Beach Hotels
Edgewater Beach Hotel
Best Western Naples Inn & Suites
Courtyard by Marriott Naples
Staybridge Suites Naples-Gulf Coast
Naples Beach Restaurants
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