Located in Naples’ Florida, this popular state park was voted as one of the top beaches in the United States. A swimmers, sunbathers and beachcombers paradise, it is also home to some of the best fishing and scuba diving in the area. An offshore reef provides ample opportunities to view or catch Florida’s diverse undersea creatures. Boaters frequent the area and can be seen daily tooling the waters of Wiggins Pass and the Chocohatchee River for both freshwater and saltwater fishing adventures. Several local charters are nearby in Naples.
The beaches are the parks biggest draws and tourist from all around come here to sunbathe, swim or snorkel these amazing waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shell gathering and beachcombing is some of the best in the world. Winter months are especially good as the shores are empty of people and full of shells. Live shelling is not permitted.
A boat ramp is available in the park and this is probably the second biggest activity at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Boating enthusiast and anglers can launch their vessels into the Gulf of Mexico or nearby Chocohatchee River. Boats are found all along Wiggins Pass leading to the Gulf of Mexico and back into Estero Bay. Boat must maintain 300 feet distance from the swimming area and 100 feet away from the fishing area.
Due to its sensitive ecosystem, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a day use only park. No camping is permitted within the park. However staying the day can be just as much fun when you rent the covered picnic pavilion. It’s just $7 a day with electricity. It has ceiling fans and open air sides, perfect for that afternoon picnic with the family. A grill and several picnic tables are available as well.
Even though the park doesn’t have camping, doesn’t mean you can’t stay overnight. Lodging, restaurants and other concessions are just a short drive from the park entrance. Summer time and spring break can be busy seasons, so call ahead for reservations to a hotel or resort.
Several boardwalks lead down to the beaches and around parts of the park. Sand can get hot in the sunshine, so be aware that sandals or shoes are a must, especially during summer months. The boardwalk leading out onto the Gulf of Mexico has some spectacular views and awesome sunsets.
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