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Beach Walk on the Gulf
After a 15-minute boat ride, you can find unpopulated Gulf beaches with soft, white sand ideal for strolling, picnics, and long walks.
A number of these island beaches are designated for people to enjoy as part of the Everglades Wilderness Trail. Kayakers, boaters, canoeists, sailers, and fishermen stop on these islands, but you'll never see a crowd.
The Beach at Marco Island and Naples
If you want a beach scene and crowds looking for fun, you have many choices.
Tigertail Beach at Marco Island, at left, is a five mile stretch of pristine sand and turquoise water, warm and swimmable all winter. It's a 40-minute drive with some excellent birding at low tide.
Naples Beach a few miles farther north includes miles of pristine sandy Gulf beach plus a board walk for fishing.
Lot owners can get free beach stickers at the Everglades City Town Hall for all Collier County beaches.
Fort Myers Beach is about 1.5 hours north and is fun day trip. Along with beaches, Ft. Myers has a 560 foot fishing pier and tons of food stops and shops.