With space for snorkeling, sunbathing, wildlife watching and fishing, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park emerges as a natural gem of Southwest Florida. This unique destination serves up one of the most naturally beautiful beaches on the planet, complimented by plentiful outdoor recreation at every turn.
With prime space for fishing designated on the northern side of the park, boaters will also delight launching into Turkey Bay, then on to the Gulf. There’s also an observation deck on the northern side of the park.
A big draw, however, is the mile-long beach with its powdery white sand and clear water. You’re sure to find numerous sea stars and shells here, surrounded by a stunning setting.
When you’re ready for a break from the sun, you’ll also find some picnic tables set up under the shade trees. If you forgot to pack a little something for your trip, you’ll likely be able to grab that too in parking lot 4. This is where you can purchase some food and beverages for your visit, as well as rent out beach chairs and umbrellas, plus things like canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.
Kayakers are sure to enjoy exploring the mangrove islands with plentiful birdlife along the way. You can also take part in a number of planned events at the park, like beach combing, introductory paddle boarding and cast netting, plus learn more about local wildlife and marine life.
The park is open every day of the year, from early morning to sundown. Admission fees are charged per vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle, plus there’s also an added fee for using the boat ramp. Remember to leave your pets at home, though, for they’re not allowed on the beach.
A state park since the mid 1970s, Delnor-Wiggins Park continues to draw in countless visitors to this day. While there’s lots of parking in the state park, keep in mind it can get busy at times, especially on the holidays.