The sun is shining, the breeze is warm, and the seashells are rolling in on the gentle Gulf of Mexico surf. Southwest Florida beaches have reopened! We know you’re looking forward to feeling that powder-soft sand between your toes. And we’ll be here to welcome you to our family-friendly beaches when you arrive.

We can’t wait to see you on our Southwest Florida beaches!

Our beautiful sandy beaches have something for everyone. Some beaches on our barrier islands offer quiet, pristine nature in city, county, and state parks, while others offer family fun and nightlife with beachfront cafes that offer food and drinks, live music, and even a game of volleyball.

Those who love Southwest Florida beaches have been eager to get out for a little vitamin sea and are excited about visiting the beach parks and preserves that are now open.

We’re happy to report that most Southwest Florida beaches, beach accesses, beach parking lots, and free-standing bathrooms are now open during regular hours.

We can’t wait to see you on our Southwest Florida beaches!

What beaches are open in Lee County?

Lee County’s beach parks and beach accesses are open.

Lee County Beach Parks

  • Sanibel Causeway Islands
  • Bowman’s Beach Park, Sanibel Island
  • Turner Beach Park, Captiva Island
  • Alison Hagerup Beach Park, Captiva Island
  • San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve, Fort Myers mainland
  • Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park, Fort Myers Beach
  • Crescent Beach Family Park, Fort Myers Beach
  • Bowditch Point Park, Fort Myers Beach
  • Bonita Beach Park, Bonita Springs
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park, Bonita Springs

Lee County Beach Accesses

  • Andy Rosse Lane beach access, Captiva Island
  • Estero Island beach accesses, Fort Myers Beach
  • Dog Beach, Fort Myers Beach
  • Bonita Springs beach accesses
  • Boca Grande beach accesses

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will assist with monitoring and educating the public at county beaches. County staff is assigned to clean all parking pay machines. Beachgoers should continue to follow CDC guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.


These amenities are also open in Lee County:

  • Piers
  • Playgrounds
  • Pavilions
  • Recreation centers
  • Soccer, lacrosse and football fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Splash pads and pools

Staff will be onsite to help encourage people to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing. For more information, visit Lee County Parks and Recreation.

Are Sanibel beaches open? Yes!

COVID-19 related parking restrictions at all City-owned and operated parking lots have been lifted:

  • Lighthouse Beach Park
  • Gulfside City Park
  • Tarpon Bay Beach
  • Blind Pass Beach

Please note: Causeway Islands Beaches and Bowman’s Beach parking lots, as well as Captiva Island and other Lee County beach parks and accesses, have been open since April 29.

Is Fort Myers Beach open?

Beach parks, beach accesses, and parking are now open to the public on Fort Myers Beach. To stay updated, visit Town of Fort Myers Beach updates.

What is open in Collier County?

What Collier County beaches are open?

Collier County Beach Parks and Accesses 

Collier County beaches are now open without restrictions. Those without county or City of Naples beach parking stickers may purchase a daily parking pass for $8. For more information, visit Collier County’s COVID-19 page.

Collier County Beaches and Beach Accesses
  •  Barefoot Beach Preserve, Naples
  •  Bluebill parking lot access, Naples
  •  Clam Pass Beach, Naples
  •  Conner Park Beach, Naples
  •  North Gulfshore beach access, Naples
  •  South Marco beach access, Marco Island
  •  Tigertail Beach, Marco Island
  •  Vanderbilt Beach, Naples
  •  Vanderbilt Beach access, Naples
  •  Vanderbilt Extension, Naples

Beachcombers must continue to practice social distancing. For specific information about restrictions at beach parks in Collier County, visit our COVID-19 Update page. For Collier County beach locations, visit Collier County beaches and beach accesses.

City of Naples Beach Parks and Accesses

The City of Naples reopened beaches and beach parking with restrictions. Please note weekend hours differ from weekday hours.

  • Monday through Friday: sunrise to sunset
  • Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 p.m. through sunset

Beachgoers should continue following CDC guidelines: practice social distancing, limit groups to 10 people or fewer, wash your hands frequently, and stay at home as much as possible. For details about restrictions on Naples beaches, visit Royal Shell’s COVID-19 Update page.

City of Marco Island

Marco Island city-owned pedestrian beach accesses are open. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. The accesses near Marriott’s Crystal Shores hotel and Madeira condominium are open from sunrise to sundown.

Marco Island’s city-owned beaches, beach accesses, and parking lots are open. For more information and frequently asked questions, visit Marco Island COVID-19 information.


Which Southwest Florida Beaches in state parks are open?

Southwest Florida boasts many beautiful state parks. These four are most popular for their gorgeous beaches and pristine natural environments:

  • Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande: Day use parking only. Lighthouse and museum are closed.
  • Cayo Costa State Park: Beachside boat access only.
  • Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach: Day use and boat ramp only. Tram service is not available.
  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples: Open for day use activities. Boat ramp and canoe launch are open.

Follow social distancing guidelines and limit groups to ten or fewer people. Some of our state parks are open or partially open during Phase 1. For current information about the status of Florida’s state parks, visit Florida State Parks’ safety updates.

Continued practice of safety recommendations

To keep our guests and team members safe as we proceed through Phase Two of reopening Florida’s beaches and businesses, we continue to follow the CDC’s recommended safety guidelines. Check our Guest Safety page to find out what else we do to ensure guests’ and the Royal Shell team’s safety. Also visit our COVID-19 Update page for current information.

Let us help plan your next Southwest Florida Beach vacation!

Have you been dreaming about a beach getaway? We’re taking reservations for summer and fall, with June through December filling up fast. Contact us and book your stay today. We can’t wait to see you on our sunny Southwest Florida beaches!