During the COVID-19 shutdown, local governments across the country asked residents to practice social distancing. They closed government buildings, parks, and beaches to the public in an effort to flatten the curve. Just before Memorial Day weekend, Naples beaches reopened to the public. But when social distancing requests were mostly ignored, government officials decided to impose more restrictions to try to keep everyone safe.
Naples Beaches Re-Open…with Limits
First, the beach stays open from sunrise to sunset every weekday (Monday through Friday). They allow visitors to bring chairs and umbrellas for their comfort. However, you must leave your pop-up tents and coolers at home. You may walk, run, swim, paddleboard or fish while at the beach. For now, though, you must refrain from any other activities while at the beach.
On weekends, the public can spend time at the beach only in the mornings (7 am to 11 am) or in the evenings (5 pm to sunset). The beach shuts down access to the public between 11 am and 5 pm. Leave your tents, umbrellas, and coolers at home on weekends as well. But, in a bit of good news, government officials allow chairs at night. That makes it much more comfortable to watch the sunset.
Parking at the Beach
Like the rest of Collier County, Naples beaches require beach parking permits in order to park there. You won’t find any metered parking here. But, if you choose to park outside any designated parking areas in the surrounding residential community, expect to receive a fine. Right now, those fines have been doubled to $200. Plus, you run the risk of your vehicle getting towed. Then, you’ll have to pay to get it out of impound. So, it’s really not worth it to chance parking outside the designed area. Visit a Collier County park’s community center to pick up your beach sticker today.
Please remember to practice social distancing while at the beach. If not, government officials may impose even stricter limits in the future. Let’s stay safe and play safe so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful beaches.