Saturday, January 2, 2010

Naples Public Beach at Horizon Way

The city of Naples have an enormous amount of things and activities to do for visitors. As a frugal traveler I tend to steer away from all of the costly activities, and the beach is always a fantastic alternative. On our second day in Naples, I took my boys for a walk to find the nearest beach. After a walk through a beautiful Naples neighborhood, we found the Horizon Way public beach by Clam Pass in Naples.

To get to Horizon Way we walked to the end of Park Shore Drive, and at the end we turned left. It was about a 1.5 mile from the hotel,  and it was a very beautiful walk. The beach access could easily be missed, but it is located right by a huge waterfall sculpture.

The beach was more shallow than we are used to from Florida's west coast, but the water was completely calm, the sand felt like velvet and the water looked very welcoming.

As I went to dip my toes in the beautiful sparkling water, I soon discovered that the water was not as welcoming as it seemed. It was freezing, and it was definitely not like walking in to a heated pool.

We put our picnic blanket down in the shade from a condo, and the boys unpacked their buckets, their boats and their nets. While they thought the water was cold, they did not seem to mind too much. A few other beach goers actually made it into the water, but most were satisfied by enjoying the sun, and a lot of boaters and kayakers were enjoying the calm water.

It was a beautiful day at the Horizon Way Beach in Naples, and if the water had been just a notch warmer, I would gladly have spent all day swimming.

After a couple of hours on the beach, I had run out of shade, and we decided it was time for lunch. In an effort not to spend any money, we had brought bagels and drinks from home, and it was a perfect way to have lunch on the beach.

To find other public beach accesses in Naples just drive down along Gulfshore Boulevard, and you will find many entries into the beautiful Naples beaches. We did not have much time to spend on the beach, but if we had more days in Naples there would have been plenty of beaches and nature areas to explore.

If we had had more time we would definitely have had to explore Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Barefoot beach North of Naples.

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