The Lower Gulf Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lower Gulf Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This wide, virtually untouched expanse—about 166 acres—of open beach makes visitors feel transported from the bustling high-rises and resorts...Read More

  • 2. Alison Hagerup Beach Park

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    This park, once called Captiva Beach, is acclaimed as one of the nation's most romantic beaches for its fabulous sunsets—the best view on Sanibel...Read More

  • 3. Barefoot Beach Preserve

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    This one isn't exactly easy to find since it's accessible only by a quiet neighborhood road around the corner from buzzing Bonita Beach Park...Read More

  • 4. Bonita Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    The joint is always jumping on this rowdy stretch of coast, the easiest by far to reach from the inland areas south of Fort Myers. Local favorite...Read More

  • 5. Bowman's Beach

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    This long, wide beach on Sanibel's northwest end is the island's most secluded strand, but it also has the most amenities. Park facilities include...Read More

  • 6. City of Naples Beach

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    There's something here for everyone just west of the 3rd Street South shopping area, but what gets the most attention by far is the historic...Read More

  • 7. Clam Pass Beach Park

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    A quiet day at the beach gets an adventurous start when you board a tram and careen down a ¾-mile boardwalk through shaded mangroves and a network...Read More

  • 8. Gulfside Park Preserve

    Beach–Sight

    The beach is quiet, safe from strong currents, and good for solitude, bird-watching, and shell-finding. There are restrooms, and long stretches...Read More

  • 9. Lighthouse Beach

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    At Sanibel's eastern tip, the beach is guarded by the frequently photographed Sanibel Lighthouse, built in 1884, before the island was settled...Read More

  • 10. Lovers Key State Park

    Beach–Sight

    Once a little-known secret, this out-of-the-way park encompassing 1,616 acres on four barrier islands and several uninhabited islets is popular...Read More

  • 11. Lowdermilk Park

    Beach–Sight

    Do you prefer your beach loud and active with a big dose of good old-fashioned fun? Kids running around in the surf, volleyballers hitting the...Read More

  • 12. Tarpon Bay Beach

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    This centrally located beach is safer for swimming than beaches at the passes, where waters move swiftly. It is, however, one of the more populated...Read More

  • 13. Tigertail Beach

    Beach–Sight

    On the northwest side of the island is 2,500 feet of both developed and undeveloped areas. Once Gulf-front, in recent years a sand spit known...Read More

  • 14. Turner Beach

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    Looking for some romance? This is a prime sunset-watching spot on the southern point of Captiva. Strong currents through Blind Pass make swimming...Read More

  • 15. Vanderbilt Beach

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    If a day at the shore just doesn't seem quite complete without a piña colada and serious people-watching, this place is for you. The white powdery...Read More

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