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Vanderbilt Beach

Florida

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Vibrant Vanderbilt

Craving some time in the sun on an action-packed Gulf coast beach? In the southwest Florida city of Naples, there’s a gem of a beach called Vanderbilt, which brings out wealthy retirees, young families and friends on vacation to stretch out on its plentiful shores.

Couples looking for some private time or those who prefer quieter tropical stretches should look elsewhere. Vanderbilt is an animated beach by design, and most who come here wouldn’t have it any other way.

Best for Early Birds

The key to making the most of your day at Vanderbilt Beach is to come early. Luckily, a 375-unit parking garage can accommodate many beachgoers, but that means you’ll have more people to share the sand with. Beat the crowds and be the first to claim your spot. A beachside concession stand can supply any equipment you need, and there are restrooms here too.

Got kids in tow? Vanderbilt Beach is a great place to search for seashells and to make sand castles. Adults might be more interested in scoring a cold beach drink, and though you can get a darn good one at the swanky Ritz-Carlton nearby, it will not be cheap. Speaking of expensive, plan to head to Fifth Avenue in Naples for high-end shopping and dining.

Don’t Pass Up Clam Pass

If the crowds at Vanderbilt Beach get to be too much, wander away from the main beach access points; you’ll come across some more tranquil spots. Alternatively, you can head south to Clam Pass Park, a nature-lover’s dream, complete with a boardwalk through ample mangroves, a kayak launch and even a tram to get you to the coast, where a lovely, calm beach awaits.

Vanderbilt Beach at a Glance

City:Naples

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:2 miles

Access:By car or taxi

Best time to visit:Late spring, early summer

High Season:November to May

Low Season:June to October

Beach Hours:8 a.m. to sundown

Facilities:

  • Beach equipment rentals
  • Restaurants and shops in nearby Naples
  • Lifeguards on duty

Beach Type:

  • Public restrooms

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