The Naples Pier
A Popular Naples Attraction!
The Naples Pier is THE most popular of all Naples attractions!
Take in a romantic walk, some fishing, a spectacular sunset or just people watch! There’s always a lively atmosphere at the Naples Fishing Pier!
This well-known Naples attraction is a great source
of entertainment at any time of the day! There always seems to be lots going on!
The Naples Pier is centrally located on the Municipal Beach in Naples, Florida, extending out into the water of the Gulf of Mexico.
Don't expect a new, high-tech, state-of-the-art structure! It’s a pretty old, wooden structure, with lots of character! It is well-maintained and safe of course, owned by the City of Naples.
Unlike many of the other Florida piers, this pier in Naples has free access. There are restroom facilities and outdoor showers.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any restaurants on the beach in the immediate area. The nearest restaurant is about 2 blocks away.
There is a spot to purchase snacks and drinks from a seasonal vendor at about the half-way point on the Naples Pier.
The Naples Pier is my destination on beach walks when staying
at the Edgewater Beach Hotel or the Naples Beach Hotel.
Both are just the perfect walking distance
on the best stretch of beach in the Naples area!
People are very
friendly on the pier too. I’ve had some great conversations with
visitors from various parts of the world, who are also simply there
to enjoy the scenery!
Naples Hotels Close to the Pier
Many folks on their beach vacation to Naples, fall in love with the Pier. It's not the average attraction that you visit once, and never go back. It's pretty common for visitors to make at least a daily visit to the Naples Fishing Pier, during their stay in Naples.
Here are 3 hotels which may interest you, that are relatively close to the Pier and Naples Municipal Beach area.
Inn on Fifth is located in the heart of Naples, on Fifth Avenue South, within walking distance of the Pier.
It's also situated conveniently in the middle of Downtown, with lots of superb restaurants, shops and boutiques nearby.
The Naples Beach Hotel is a charming resort on the beach. It's a great choice if you're planning on regular beach walks, with your destination as the Pier. You can see the Pier from the beach in front of this resort.
This hotel is not as close as the Inn on Fifth, but it's a fantastic, invigorating walk to the Pier, if you're up for it!
The Edgewater Beach Hotel is further north up the beach from the Naples Beach Hotel. A beautiful, luxurious hotel, situated directly on the Naples Beach.
History of The Naples Fishing Pier
The Naples Pier history dates back to 1888. It was originally used as a passenger and freight dock, and used mainly for commercial purposes. It was used to bring in freight and passenger’s baggage from ships docking at the pier, as the
ships were unable to get closer to shore because of the shallow waters.
Fishing on the Pier
On your walk to the end of the pier, you'll pass lots of people casting a line and cleaning fish!
There are plenty of places to fish from the pier. There are no rentals
available for fishing gear or bait, so you’ll need to bring your own.
You won’t need a fishing license to fish here, as the City of Naples has
purchased a bulk fishing license for the pier.
There are sharks around the pier! If you happen to catch one, don’t
pull it up on the pier! You’ll get a stiff fine for it! You probably will
see fishermen pull sharks up and then let them go, which
is quite entertaining!
The Pier at Sunset
The Naples Pier is a perfect destination for an early evening romantic
walk along the beach in Naples.
The Naples Fishing Pier is THE place on the Gulf of Mexico’s Florida
coastline, to catch a spectacular sunset!
It’s the best place to get the
clearest view of the sunset, without any obstructions! It’s one of the
‘most photographed’of all Naples attractions!
Parking in the pier area can be a challenge, as it’s such a popular
spot and there just isn’t ‘enough' parking for this popular Naples attraction. There’s metered parking close by, and a few parking lots, but on a busy day, it may be
necessary to park and have a fairly long walk to the pier. But, it’s certainly worth it!
Dolphins, Manatees and Lots of Birds!!!
You’ll certainly see dolphins jumping and playing in the water.
They are often very close
to the pier as they like to eat up the ‘extra bait’ that’s left floating
around by the fishermen!
Manatees are also seen in the spring too. There
are osprey and pelican
encounters too, often ‘very up close and personal’! They
are looking to scoop the juicy
bait scraps lying around!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display
There’s a fabulous fireworks display on the Naples Pier
annually, from 7:30-8:00 pm. The show usually lasts about 30 minutes. The fireworks are launched off the end of the Pier and make for an absolutely fabulous show!
The best seats are anywhere on the beach, north of south of the pier.
Parking can be scarce for this event! Twelfth Avenue South, by the pier in Naples, is usually closed from noon on New Year's Eve until 10 p.m. You can park at the public parking spots on any of the city's beach access points. Residents can park in the 'rights-of-way', as long as the vehicle doesn't block an entrance to a driveway or where there are no parking signs!
The cost of the event is completely funded by a generous private donor!
What a wonderful way to ring in the New Year in Naples Florida! It's definitely an event you won't want to miss!
Other Naples Attractions
The Naples Pier is but one of the numerous Naples attractions!
There’s the Naples Zoo,
the Naples Princess, Collier County Historical Museum,
Naples Trolley Tours, Philharmonic Center
for the Arts, several stellar nature and wildlife oriented
attractions such as The Corkscrew Swamp
Sanctuary, Collier-Seminole State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve,
and The Florida Everglades!
The beaches, shopping, golfing, fishing, boating, jet-skiing, para-sailing, canoeing, kayaking,
swimming, eating out, site-seeing, and boat cruises, are just a few of the Naples attractions
to take in when visiting this beach vacation paradise on
the Gulf of Mexico coast, in sunny Southwest Florida!
If you're interested in other piers, there's lots of other fascinating
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