Relax atDelnor Wiggins Pass State Park & Beach. This natural beach offers plenty of privacy, shade trees, shoreline fishing, dunes, and trails. Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and/or explore the park and beach. Walk north to see the Cocohatchee River watershed. Collect sea shells along the shoreline. Watch dolphins and pelicans fish. Stay until sunset and be amazed!
Hang out at Vanderbilt Beach if you want a beach with more activity. Play sand volleyball, rent a jetski/kayak/sailboat, go parasailing, or try stand-up-paddle (SUP) surfing. Watch kite boarders. Be a bathing beauty… or meet some bathing beauties! If you want to get away and you are an avid walker, head south to the secluded area between Inner Clam Bay and the Gulf.
Rent or charter a boat at South Bay Marina in Vanderbilt Bay. They have pontoon, bow rider, and center console boats. Charters and fishing trips are also available. Remember, Vanderbilt Bay is not just connected to the Gulf but also the extensive Cocohatchee River watershed.
Rent kayaks at Cocohatchee Nature Center and explore the Cocohatchee River watershed. Paddle west towards the Gulf and you’ll have a good chance of seeing some dolphins. If kayaking is not your cup of tea but you want to see the Cocohatchee River watershed, guided tours via pontoon boat are also available.
Rent bikes at one of three nearby bike shops – Fuel Free Recreation, Trek Bicycle Store, or Naples Cyclery. Ride north to Bonita Springs on the Vanderbilt Drive trail, ride through picturesque Pelican Bay, ride to downtown Naples, or just hug the coast line & explore.
Take the kids and enjoy waterslides and pools at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. This Naples water park is just 6 miles east of Naples Nests. Head east on Immokolee Road and look for the park near I-75. The water park includes five water slides, a lazy river (for Mom & Dad!), water obstacle course, a diving pool, and lap pool.
Visit the Everglades to see alligators and other SW Florida wildlife. If you are out that way, look for many of the airboat operators to experience a unique way of seeing the Everglades and all their majesty.
Eat and shop at the Mercato. Pick up some healthy food at Whole Foods store or see a show at the upscale Silverspot Theaters. You’ll also find live music at some of the restaurants and pubs in the Mercato.