The sun is shining, the breeze is warm, and the seashells are rolling in on the gentle Gulf of Mexico surf. Many Southwest Florida beaches have opened! 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 Lee County’s beach parks and preserves that are now open.

We’re happy to report most beaches, beach accesses, beach parking lots, and free-standing bathrooms are now open during regular hours. There are some rules to follow, as reopening is being done in phases. Most local governments are aligned with Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 for Phase 1 of reopening Florida, effective May 4.

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.

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These amenities remain closed in Lee County:

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

Are Sanibel beaches open?

Bowman’s Beach Park on Sanibel Island and the Sanibel Causeway Islands beaches are open to the public, including parking lots and bathrooms, as these beach parks are controlled by Lee County.

Most of the beautiful shell-strewn beaches on Sanibel remain open to residents only, through May 31. On June 1, the public City-owned beach parking lots will reopen. Currently, limited parking is available for residents only, in areas where Sanibel resident parking permits are required. For more information, visit City of Sanibel proclamation 20-028.

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 and restrooms are open with restrictions. Weekdays, the beaches are open from sunrise to sunset but on weekends, the hours and activities are restricted. Also, during weekends all County parking garages, lots and facilities are open only to County residents whose vehicles have Collier County/City of Naples beach parking passes.

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

City of Naples beach parks, beach accesses, and parking lots are open with restrictions similar to Collier County beaches. Weekdays, the beaches are open from sunrise to sunset but on weekends, the hours and activities are restricted. Also, during weekends parking is restricted to those whose vehicles have City of Naples or Collier County beach parking permits. There will be no hourly (metered) beach parking on weekends and parking rules will be strictly enforced.

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

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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: Roadside day use parking only
  • Cayo Costa State Park: Beachside boat access only
  • Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach: Boat ramp only
  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples: Open for day use activities. Boat ramp and canoe launch are open.

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 1 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!

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