The Naples Pier is one of Naples’ most visited and best-known landmarks. It’s charming and full of character and I feel it embodies what Southwest Florida is all about: warm weather, warm people, wildlife watching and beautiful scenic views.
Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock a narrow gauge train transported freight and baggage in the early 1900. Razed and damaged by hurricanes in 1910, 1926 and 1960 it has been partially rebuilt many times and it stands as a symbol of Southwest Florida history.
Why It’s Worth Visiting
The pier offers beautiful views of the Gulf and of the shoreline. It’s a great place to take photographs and observe pelicans and other ocean birds as well as dolphins. It’s also a good place to people watch and to get a sense of Southwest Florida life and the view of the sunset from the Naples pier is truly breathtaking.
There are many places where you can fish directly from the pier and you are not required to have a license. There is kiosk halfway down the pier where you can get beverages, popsicles and smoothies.
There is also a beach access, although the beach might be a bit crowded on weekend and especially in season. After taking a stroll down the pier and grabbing an ice cream or something to drink in the kiosk we love to spend the morning or afternoon at the beach. The kids will splash around in the warm Gulf waters and we usually have a pick nick there as well.
Whether you go in fishing or dolphin watching in the morning, visit at dusk to watch the sunset or take a romantic walk under the starry sky, the Naples pier is a great place to visit any time of day.
Parking can sometimes be a challenge, specially in season. So expect to walk a bit to get there.
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