The official source for visitor information about Naples and all of Collier County, Florida's Paradise Coast, is the Naples, Marco Island , Everglades  Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Complete listings of where to stay and things to do, as well as online booking, can be found at www.ParadiseCoast.com , or call 1-800-688-3600 to request information and a free copy of the visitors guide magazine, Paradise Coast Visitors Guide.  

Note that parts of the beach are closed in October and going through the busy season.  Very large deisel trucks are depositing sand as part of a programme stretching out for the next  few months.  It means access to the beach for those staying in North Gulf Shore areas is extremely difficult.  Walks along the beach are impossible.  Also, noise and deisel pollution are problems for visitors.  The Council have established a web site to provide further information about the disruption.

The convention and visitors bureau sponsors an added value promotion.  The Paradise Pass card is free to all visitors.  Upon arriving in the destination, simply go to one of the area’s Chamber of Commerce visitor centers (Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Immokalee) and pick up a free Paradise Pass card.  The card folds includes a tag for smart phone users linking to the www.paradisecoast/pass online site listing all of the many deals and discounts in the region.  Offers include two-for-one meal deals, buy-one, get-one-free offers, or percentage discounts of at least 20% off at attractions, shops and restaurants. 

Most beach parking at the west end of Avenues in the City are open to permit holders only, along with some metered parking spaces. Beach parking permits, good at City and Collier County beach parks and access points, may be purchased by non-residents for $50 and are good for one year.  You may purchase this beach parking sticker from the Cashier at Naples City Hall, 735 8th Street South. Parking meters take quarters only, with each quarter allowing 10 minutes of parking, or a total of $1.50 per hour.  There are no vendors that will provide change, so plan to bring your own quarters.

Two parking areas have multi-space parking meters. If you visit Lowdermilk Park or the Naples Pier, you’ll find the “pay to park” machines. These machines, located near the entrance to the parking area, accept coins, bills and VISA/MasterCards.   Every ten minutes of parking costs $.25, or a total of $1.50 per hour.  When you exit your vehicle, make a note of your parking space number, because you’ll enter that information into the parking machine.

There may not be clear signage stating that the parking spaces are metered - be very aware of where you are parking to avoid being ticketed. 

Most parking violations (tickets) at the beach ends cost $32, although some may be higher, such as parking in a no-parking zone or in a handicapped zone.  Therefore, please be sure to follow the parking regulations to avoid a parking ticket.