Naples, Florida is a premier vacation destination, but a lot of visitors are not aware of the iconic Naples Pier, which sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This extraordinary Pier extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and allows visitors a stunning setting in which to take photographs, both day and night.
Anytime I have visitors in town, I take them to Naples Pier! While this beach and Pier are about a 45 minute drive for me, I get down there as often as I can because the ocean is almost always calm and the scenery is spectacular!
Enjoy the Beach
The city beach that surrounds Naples Pier is as breathtaking as the Pier. It is ten miles long and has soft white sand and clear blue water on most days. I literally lay in the water on my float for hours! No kidding!
The beach also includes volleyball nets for the sports enthusiasts and a children’s life jacket stand for the little ones. The life jackets are free to borrow and return at no charge.
The Naples Pier is a complete destination on its own with bathrooms, rinse off stations, a concession stand and some shaded seating areas. These are some of the nicest amenities of any pier that I have been to around the United States and I’ve been to many. Everything is clean and top notch! Another perk is the blanket fishing license of the Pier, which allows visitors to fish on it without a license.
Don’t forget when you’re on the Pier to look down. The pier gives you a bird’s eye view of the ocean and you will often spot bottlenose dolphins in the waters below the pier. It’s quite the sight seeing them from above. I see them almost every time I have visited! Of course, you will almost always see dozens of sea birds on and around the Pier as well.
History of Naples Pier
Naples Pier was originally built in 1888 and has been rebuilt many times due to damage from storms and fire. In 2015, the Pier went through a very extensive renovation to replace the existing wood with incredible Brazilian ipe wood, that is more durable, cooler to the touch and can potentially last 30 years. This really has transformed the look of the Pier!
Location and Parking
Naples Pier sits at the western end of 12th Avenue South. There is a parking lot at the corner of 12th Avenue South and Gulf Shore Blvd and some street parking along 12th Avenue South. Both of these cost $2.50/hr. It is worth it, trust me!
I highly suggest getting to the Pier early in the morning, especially in season (October-May), for the best chances of finding easy parking and to avoid the crowds that increase during the afternoon. Of course, sunsets off the pier are gorgeous so you may plan to spend the whole day enjoying the beach and pier. Why not?
The neighborhood by the Pier is pretty exclusive and you can people watch as you walk along the beach or turn around and be astounded by some of the ocean front homes. Honestly, many look like hotels! It’s crazy! If home gawking is your thing, as you leave the Pier area, drive south on Gordon Drive. This will take you to Port Royal, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the world. Your jaw will most likely drop…
A Must See
I hope you will consider going to the Naples Pier the next time you are in the Naples area. Like I said, this is my go to for all of my visitors! If you would like more information about Naples Pier, click here. If you’ve already been, share your experiences in the comment section. I would love to hear from you!