Clam Pass Park#3 in Best Things To Do in Naples
If you want to be surrounded by natural wonder, head about 6 miles north of Naples to Clam Pass Park. As you walk the length of the park's 3,000-foot boardwalk or take a free tram, you'll pass beautiful mangrove forests (with three species of mangrove trees), plenty of birds and even some alligators. The boardwalk terminates at a serene white-sand beach, where you'll find bathrooms, beach rental spots, picnicking areas and a snack bar.
If you want to explore the wilder part of the park beyond the boardwalk, you can rent a canoe or kayak and get a more up close view of the 35-acre park.
The park is free to enter but there is a fee to park. To get there, be sure to double check your map. As some travelers note, the entrance is a bit hidden near the Naples Grande Beach Resort.
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#1 Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
About 12 miles north of Old Naples is the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, one of the best beaches in the city. Covering 166 acres of land, the beach here has great facilities, including plenty of parking, bathrooms, beach rental equipment, food stands and picnic spots. The water is clear and serene while the sand, according to many visitors, is covered with shells but has plenty of soft spots to sit on. The park also offers quality spots to snorkel (you can rent gear here too) at a reef offshore.
You can also get a feel for the rest of the flora and fauna that call the park home with a nature tour. Rangers guide you through the area; if you're an avid watcher of Animal Planet, you might try and time your visit for the loggerhead turtles' nesting season (May through October). You're also bound to see a variety of colorful birds during your tour.
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