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Collier County’s award winning beach parks: Barefoot Beach Preserve, Conner Park, Clam Pass Park, Vanderbilt Beach Park, and Tigertail Beach Park
If there’s one thing Southwest Florida is know for, it’s our beautiful, white, sandy beaches. Collier County has 17 miles of beaches. Three of which are open to the public as park and recreation beach park and beach access’.
The beach parks offers visitors more than just sand and surf. Let’s look at the ways you can play, connect and discover some of Collier Counties most beautiful beach parks.
Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park is 342 acres located on the last undeveloped barrier island on Florida’s southwest coast. Title creeks and mangrove swamps separate it from the mainland and serve as a breeding area and nursery for sport and commercial fish and shellfish. The park boast 8,200 feet of beach and is home to numerous plants and animals including the protected Gopher Tortoise and nesting Sea Turtles in the summer. There is also a butterfly garden. Take a guided nature walk on the parks 1 mile nature trail or rent equipment and buy lunch at the concession stand. The park also boast showers, bathrooms, a picnic area and offers beach wheel chairs.
The ten acres of Conner Park, located off 111th Avenue North in North Naples, spans 2 strips of land on either side of Blue Bill Avenue. The park offers parking to the nearby beaches, walking paths, and fishing in the Turkey Bay Channel. A walking path under the bridge, that spans the Turkey Bay Channel, connects the parking on the north side with the park facilities on the south side. A continuation of the bridge links Conner Park to Delnore-Wiggins State Park for beach access. The park features a 3/4 mile walking trail and an open play area.
There are fantastic views at Clam Pass State Park. The boardwalk weaves through salt tolerant red, white and black mangroves and a title bay area that acts as a breeding ground for nursery and marine life. Birds, including Eagles, Hawks and Osprey abound in the park. Don’t want to walk all that way, take the free tram, which runs from 8am to sundown. Or paddle to the beach in a canoe from the parks launch near the parking lot. Once you get there you can get food and drinks in the food eating area and rent beach equipment. The park also has beach wheel chairs available, bathrooms and foot showers.
This 5 acre park, Vanderbilt Beach Park, is within walking distance to hotels, shopping, and restaurants making it one of the communities most popular beach parks. It has plenty of vegitation and wildlife as well as showers, bike racks and bathrooms. A 375 spot parking garage allows visitors to park steps away from the beach.
Tiger Tail Beach, located on Hernando Drive on Marco Island, is 31 acres that gives visitors a prime spot to see nesting shore birds. Got kids? Children will not only have fun in the water but can also use the playground, play on the sand volleyball court, or take a trip through the butterfly garden. A concession stand allows visitors to rent beach equipment and buy food and drinks, or you can bring your own food and grill on one of the grills in the picnic area. The park also features a bathhouse, 5 boardwalks, and bathrooms. Beach wheel chairs are also available here.
In addition to the 4 beach parks, Collier County has 3 beach accesses. Barefoot Beach access, located 20 feet off Bonita Beach Road on Lely Barefoot Blvd between Barefoot Beach Preserve county park and Bonita Beach Park. The North Shore Beach Access is a walking path between the Seagate Condominiums and North Gulf Shore Blvd. The South Marco Beach Access, which can be accessed on a short walk across Collier Blvd from a parking lot on Swallow Avenue, offers a Sable Palm lined walkway between the hotels and the condominiums of south Marco Beach.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of Collier County Beach Parks.