Barefoot Beach is actually on the same land mass - Little Hickory Island - as Bonita Beach. The south end of the island is home to a preserve. County rangers offer a long list of activities and educational programs, ranging from guided canoe trips to presentations on protected species like sea turtles and wading birds.
Pros: Little development on the south end of Barefoot Beach. Secluded from condominiums and commercial strips.
Cons: Slow drive from Bonita Beach Road to the preserve through the upscale development. Lone entrance at Barefoot Beach Boulevard, with a gatehouse and guard for private residences, can make it hard for potential visitors to find the beach.
Likely visitors: People seeking a more natural beach.
Getting there: Heading west on Bonita Beach Road, make a left on Barefoot Beach Boulevard, just before Bonita Beach. Continue through a series of private residences to reach the park entrance.
Parking: $8 entrance fee per vehicle or free for Collier County residents with a beach parking permit. There are three parking lots.
Facilities: There are restrooms, showers, concessions and picnic tables.
Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset
Other details: There is fishing gear and fishing ramps, two nature trails, butterfly and cacti gardens, shelling, lectures and guided tours, water equipment rentals and gopher tortoises.
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