Lush trails lead from six parking lots to the pristine Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples. (Kelly Jones)

Summer Guide / Beaches

Sandy Shores, Barrier Islands and Private Coves

The Gulf of Mexico’s breathtaking sunsets, endless stretches of sand, crystalline water and magnificent wildlife can easily leave even the most seasoned beachgoer spellbound. Here’s where to go to have fun in the sun in Port Charlotte, Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Marco Island and all points in between. Call or check the organizations’ websites for the latest information.   CHARLOTTE COUNTY Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda Port Charlotte Beach Park, 4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, (941) 949-4615. Amenities include a boardwalk with fishing pier, boat ramp, canoe/kayak launch, horseshoe pits, bocce, basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts, playground area, sheltered picnic tables, restrooms, heated swimming pool and a recreation center. Englewood Beach at Chadwick Park, 2100 North Beach Road, Englewood, (941) 681-3742. This beach features a 900-foot boardwalk with three covered lookouts, restrooms, showers, water stations, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, playground area, food vendors and sheltered picnic tables with grills.   COLLIER COUNTY Marco Island South Marco Beach Access, 870 County Road 951, (239) 252-4000. A beach with parking available a short walk across the boulevard on Swallow Avenue. Includes restroom facilities. Tigertail Beach, 480 Hernando Drive, (239) 252-4000. This county park has restrooms, boardwalks, a picnic area, playground, butterfly gar
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