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Barefoot Beach State Preserve

Barefoot Beach State Preserve During a weekend camping trip on the west coast of Florida, we decided to trek down to Barefoot Beach State Preserve in Bonita Springs to watch the sunset. It's a 342-acre preserve located in Collier County.

I was beyond impressed. First, the walk to the beach is amazing, taking you up a dune and through copious sea oats until you finally catch a glimpse of the ocean. This beach is STUNNING, pristine and beautiful with tons of humongous shells and sea "trash" on the shores. Small birds darted up and down the edge of the water with the waves. I've seen sunsets many times in Key West, which are fun for the carnival atmosphere, but Barefoot Beach provides a much more intimate experience.

We arrived at the preserve quite late, so we were unable to take advantage of the other amenities at the park including a mile-long nature trail and equipment rental. Rangers often offer interpretive walks.

Getting to this beach was a little strange, as it's located on the tip of a barrier island, and you have to drive through a rental community to get to it. There are over 350 parking spaces - a fee is required.

To get to Barefoot Beach Preserve from either I-75 or Tamiami Trail (US 41), take Bonita Beach Road west. Just before reaching the Gulf, turn left (south) onto Barefoot Beach Blvd. Pass through the gate and continue south to the Preserve's North entrance gate. The beach is open from 8AM to sunset.

Location:

Barefoot Beach State Preserve
Bonita Springs FL
239-591-8596
342 acres

Web site:

www.colliergov.net/Index.aspx?page=455


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