City of Naples, Florida
The City of Naples is the heart of Naples and Collier County with Naples Bay being the "destination" of both locals and tourists alike.
The western side of the city is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico. Most western bound avenues within the City of Naples end at the beach. There are entrances to the beach at each street end, many with benches and outdoor showers.
Sunsets are a daily ritual for locals and visitors year round. The accessibility of the beach encourages beach visitors to gather for parties, celebrations, bathing, and most importantly fishing!
There are mega million dollar homes flanking the beaches and they graciously share the shoreline with the rest of us. A walk down the beach gazing at the magnificent homes is a treat in itself.
The numerous canals and Naples Bay provide unlimited access to Tarpon, Snook and all the other local suspects. Marinas flank the bay including Naples City Dock where very large schools of Amberjacks congregate in the dock's shadows.
365 days a year you will find anglers working Naples beaches for bait and sports fish. Snook can be caught year round on the beach.
All west bound roads lead to the beach in Naples. Most have outside showers to rinse off the fine sand. Some have facilities with rest rooms, bait shop, and snacks.
The City of Naples and Naples Beach are free but parking is always a challenge for the popular beach. If you do not have a parking pass, make sure you load up the parking meter as they are actively monitored by authorities. You can find street parking, but you will have a long walk. Always check for No Parking signs or you will get a ticket.
Annual parking passes are free for all Collier County tax payers, check out Collier County's Beach Parking Information on how to get a permit. Before you go to the beach you might want to look at Collier County's Beach Regulations page. You can call Collier County Parks & Recreation at 239-252-4000.
You can access the beach at the end of most streets in the City of Naples and the following access points have showers:
|Naples Pier||15th Avenue South|
|Lowdermilk Park||18th Avenue South|
|2nd Avenue South||21st Avenue South|
|3rd Avenue South||33rd Avenue South|
|5th Avenue South||2nd Avenue North|
|7th Avenue South||6th Avenue North|
|8th Avenue South||7th Avenue North|
|10th Avenue South||Vedado Way Via Miramar Horizon Way|
Naples Pier and Lowdermilk Park have full rest room facilities and snack concessions.
Naples Beach 7th Ave South to Naples Pier
Parking from 7th Ave South southward on any of the parking areas allows you an easy walk to the Pier. This is a very popular stretch of beach frequented by both tourists and locals. Fishing here can be a little difficult as you have bathers splashing around in the surf scaring off the fish. If you go, fish in the early morning or late in the day for better odds. Off season (summer months) are not as crowded allowing you to bring the family, umbrella and all the other beach stuff making everyone happy. If you are serious about catching fish I would venture to a quieter stretch of beach.
25 12th Avenue South
The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Collier County. Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark visited by tourists and locals alike. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900's. Part of the structure as well as the post office located on the Naples Pier was razed by fire in 1912. Rebuilt after damage by hurricanes in 1910, 1926 and 1960, it remains a public symbol of the area's history. The Naples Pier, now over 100 years old is moving into the 21st century with renovations to come soon.
You do not need a fishing license here nor is there a fee. Just bring your pole and have fun. May anglers have fishing carts loaded with coolers and gear. See our Fishing Carts page for some ideas on getting your own and pictures of many taken on the pier.
There are cleaning stations in many areas on the pier that have clean running water for you to clean your catch. Snacks and bait are sold at the concession stand mid-way on the pier for your convenience The pier is so large you will not have a problem finding a spot. Many like to fish the end of the pier where many a shark have been caught.
Pelicans are also a common catch on the pier, so there are large net rings available to rescue them if they get hooked. They hang around waiting for you to toss in a filleted carcass or for you to loose your catch. If one seems to be after your bait, pull it from the water and wait a short while for the Pelican to find someone else to bother. See our How to Rescue a Pelican page for a story of a live rescue.
There is a large parking lot near the entrance to the pier with metered spaces. If you have a parking pass you can park at a metered spot without paying. This lot gets full fast on weekends and during the winter months, so you may have to seek out street parking. Always park on side streets where the sidewalk is not marked yellow (no parking). Do not park in the 3rd Street shopping parking lot, you will get ticketed. It is better to walk a few blocks than to pay a big ticket.
33rd Street and Gordon Drive in Port Royal
The most southern beach access point on Gordon Drive is on 33rd Street, flanked by magnificent mansions. There are no meters, so only beach pass holders can park here to fish the beach. There is a shower and garbage cans at the entrance along with a bench to gaze at the view. This southern part of Naples beach is difficult to get to so it is sparsely populated. The mansions on the beach and the clear waters make this a very special place to fish.
From this entrance you can walk a mile or so south to the end of Naples beach where Gordon Pass enters the Gulf of Mexico. There are groups of pilings and rock piles jetting out into the water from the beach I assume for beach preservation. These jetties provide cover for fish and are good spots to set up camp. You will see bait fish and sport fish hanging out around these jetties.
If you walk to the end you can fish the large rock jetties that borders Gordon Pass. It is also fun to watch the many boats coming and going. I saw countless Snook at the edge of the surf, what a treat.
32nd Street and Gordon Drive
The second to the furthest south entrance to Naples Beach is at the intersection of 32nd Street and Gordon Drive. There is end of street parking for this entrance and you must have a beach pass to park here. As with the 33rd Street entrance, the beach is pristine and sparsely populates. You can easily walk the mile of beach to the Gordon Pass or set up camp north of this entrance where few inhabit the beach. The view of the Naples Pier from here is wonderful. There are many jetties to cast your line around and tie up your bait bucket.
21st Street and Gordon Drive at Aqualine Shores
Another entrance to the beach on accessible to parking pass owners is at 21st Street and Gordon Drive, right across the street from the Aqualine Shores main entrance sign.
Park on Gordon Drive in the clearly marked spaces. If no spaces are available you must seek another entrance to the beach as this area is patrolled regularly and they are happy to give you a ticket.
Since access is only available to few, this part of the beach is very roomy and private. Angling here is the same as the rest of the south end beaches.
1301 Gulf Shore Blvd.. N. 239-213-3029
Lowdermilk Park is a popular 1,000 foot beach run by the City of Naples with metered and unmetered parking, concession stand, sand volleyball courts, rest rooms, showers and a gazebo. The beach is located north of the pier and offers the same fishing experience as the rest of Naples beaches. Just remember to fish close to shore and cast parallel in the surf.
Port Royal Canals
Port Royal is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in America. You can only get to the canals by boat, all land is privately owned and monitored so don't trespass here. The scenery is spectacular with huge houses, magnificent vessels, and neck breaking views?you may have trouble concentrating on your fishing with all there is to see here. When boating thru the canals be respectful of residents privacy?do not anchor outside someone's house or cast too close to boats.
The tarpon can be found in Port Royal canals which is called "Tarpon City" by locals. There are mangrove islands on intersecting canals where you can anchor in the the middle of the canal and cast towards land.
There are numerous private floating concrete docks that provide shade and shelter for many fish. Fishing the passes or tips of canals during tide changes brings great action.
During summer months look for shade and you will surely hook up a snook hovering in the shadows. As you can see in this picture there was a row of Snook in the shadows of a boat house in Port Royal. This is common all over Naples not just here. They lined up right on the edge of the cool shadow waiting for prey to pass I assume. I was amazed they did not flee when I took pictures, maybe they knew season was closed to catching them?
Gordon Pass is where Naples Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. It is wide but narrow considering the amount of water that flows in and out of it daily. Most days it is calm and accessible by most boats, but on a day with strong onshore winds and an outgoing tide small boats have a lot of trouble trying to get back into the pass. I did it one day in my 17' Mako and my boat literally was pushed backwards on a full throttle. It took a while for me to get in the pass, I was scared to death, and I would not go out again in such conditions. As I say repeatedly on this site, let the tide be your guide.
Most anglers catch bait on their way offshore near the entrance to the pass or at the tower located straight out from the pass. Other anglers anchor within a mile of the pass for some good fishing.
You can also walk the beach to the pass and fish the large rock jetty and watch the traffic.
Naples Bay is a huge river that transverses from Port Royal all the way north to Pine Ridge Road. The southern parts are very deep and wide, but once you go north of the 5th Avenue bridge the water becomes very shallow.
Fishing in Naples Bay can be a lot of fun. I have seen huge Amberjacks under the Naples City Docks and Tarpon rolling on the mangrove shores on the east side of the bay. Snook can be found everywhere hovering under docks in the shade.
You can fish from the shore or by boat here, just be sure to watch for no trespassing signs. Fishing from the 5th Avenue bridge is not allowed, but you can walk under the bridge and find a good legal spot to fish the tide.
The Intercoastal Waterway is just across Port Royal on Naples Bay and heads south to Rookery Bay and the 10,000 Islands. This waterway is "no wake" most of the way and is banked by mangrove islands. Fishing for tarpon, snook, red fish, and other popular inshore species is great here. Anchor off the shore and cast towards the mangrove roots. The best spots are in the shade or where channels intersect. Finding Redfish tailing in the back waters can bring a great sight fishing experience.
You can also venture into the mangroves to many "hidden" areas, just be sure to leave bread crumbs so you can find you way out (kidding, just be sure to remember how you got in or keep your GPS on).
For GPS Coordinates of Offshore Reefs visit Collier County Reefs