Recipient of Dr. Beach’s 2015 award for one of the top ten beaches in the country. Its beauty lies in the absence of development. Delnor Wiggins Pass State Beach Park comprises 166 acres on a barrier island entered at the north end of Gulf Shore Drive in the Vanderbilt area. The gentle, turquoise hued Gulf of Mexico, abundant shells, and sugary sand the beach lovers’ sanctuary.
A forested beach path offers shaded picnic and BBQ areas with restrooms and cooling outdoor showers. A pavilion is nestled in the coastal hammock that can be reserved for parties. An observation tower offers the perfect perch to sight bottle nose dolphins, the elusive manatee, and plentiful shore birds including the coasts magnificent, gregarious pelicans. A handy concession truck is planted in parking lot # 4 for treats, beach toys, canoe, kayak, & paddle board rentals, and beach essentials.
Anglers love the north end of the beach where the Cocohatchee River and Vanderbilt’s bay waters spill into the Gulf, known as Wiggins Pass. Here snook, sea trout and red drum are common. The only area along the beach where swimming is prohibited due to the rip currents from the intersecting waters.
The bay waters lurk behind a lush mangrove swamp where a boat ramp, canoes and kayaks are located & accessed for a nominal additional fee.
This pristine beach is so popular that folks quickly learn to avoid the Bluebill bridge in season if you are trying to access Gulf Shore Drive- quickly- for cars are often lined up over the bridge in wait for entrance to Delnor Wiggins.
Consider that all the other beaches are free to enter in Naples, albeit, with the cost of parking to be negotiated. Resident beach stickers afford free parking up and down the coast. Delnor Wiggins Pass State Beach Park charges an automobile entrance fee determined by the number of folks in your car. Alternately, you can purchase a yearly pass. Here resident beach stickers do not apply. As attendance attests, folks are rarely dissuaded from the cost of entering this beach.