Beaches

Outdoor things to do in Naples, Florida:  Nature, beaches, boating

Outdoor things to do in Naples, Florida: Nature, beaches, boating

Naples is a wealthy enclave with lush, tropical neighborhoods and lots of natural beauty close and accessible. Here’s a guide to things to do outdoors in Naples and surrounding areas.

Canaveral National Seashore: Florida’s longest unspoiled beach

Canaveral National Seashore: Florida’s longest unspoiled beach

Canaveral National Seashore is quiet and peaceful with bountiful wildlife, and you can always find your place in the sand.

Bahia Honda: One of Florida's top 10 beaches.

Florida’s best beaches? Here’s the all-time top 10

Every year, Dr. Beach lists the 10 best beaches. But to keep his list fresh, he “retires” a beach after it wins. Yet aren’t those retired beaches the best of the best? Here, using previous No. 1 beaches, then, is a list of the ALL-TIME top 10 beaches in Florida.

Kayaks on the beach at Cayo Costa

Cayo Costa island: A remote, romantic getaway that is wild Florida at its best

This wild island on the Gulf coast is never crowded — it’s too hard to get there. For those who drive to Pineland on Pine Island and then take the hour-long ferry to the state park, the rewards are many: Nine miles of perfect beaches, shaded jungle-like trails and wildlife that includes osprey nests, dolphins, stringrays and all sorts of bird and sea life.

Fort DeSoto Dog Beach

Swim, Spot, Swim! In search of the pawfect ‘Dog Beach’

Not every beach in Florida is pet-friendly, but there is one near you. You might be surprised by our statewide list.

Near the north end of the beach at Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Lovers Key State Park: Great beach plus kayaking, manatees & birds

It’s not the best known destination in southwest Florida, but there are a lot reasons that make Lovers Key State Park so lovable: A 2.5 mile beach lined with natural vegetation that is perfect for beachcombing and bird watching, and mangrove-lined waterways that are draws for both manatees and kayakers.

Coconut palms on Crandon Park Beach

Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Beach is postcard-perfect

Crandon Beach Park is the Miami that you see in magazine ads, tourism brochures and movies. Relax on the picture-perfect beach, picnic under the canopy of live oaks, visit the gardens and ride an antique carousel.

Kayaking Imperial River Bonita Springs

Kayaking Imperial River + strolling Barefoot Beach = Great outing

Here’s the recipe for a great day: a kayaking trip plus a walk on one of the best beaches in America, both in Bonita Springs, both out-of-the-way spots worth discovering.