Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Beach
This pristine tropical beach forms a mile long of a seemingly endless stretch of white powder sands which make up a barrier island off the coast of Naples in southwest Florida. With clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to one side and tidal creeks and mangroves the other the 166 acre Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is both a beachgoer’s and nature lover’s paradise.
This is the perfect Florida beach for relaxing, but there are plenty of activities on the water too. It is suitable for swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking (rental available on the beach). Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park also offers boating. You can head north up the Cocohatchee River into the Estero Bay or out to the Gulf of Mexico through Wiggins Pass.
Delnor-Wiggins is one of the few places near Naples where you will find a hard bottom limestone reef. This makes it a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving with plenty of marine life to spot.
The park is also a fantastic spot for birding with numerous shorebirds and raptors such as osprey and bald eagles. It is easy to hike around the park as there are five miles of boardwalks and nature trails.
You will find many amenities, including a restroom, changing rooms, showers, picnic tables, an observation tower, a boat ramp, and more. There are concessions as well as a restaurant. Pets are allowed in the park, but they are not allowed on the beach. This park is named for Joe Wiggins, who was the first homesteader in the 1800s. He ran an apiary and trading post where he traded with the Seminole Indians and the settlers.
The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown every day of the year.
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