Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Weather & Beach Conditions
October 20, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew had no impact on the Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City areas. The entire Paradise Coast region, located on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast, escaped damage from the storm's winds, rain and storm surge.
Beaches throughout Naples and Marco Island are clean and clear with no signs of red tide. One day after Hurricane Matthew, winds blew a bloom of red tide that had been occurring to the north in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties to the area and fish that died from the red tide blooms washed ashore. All dead fish were immediately cleaned off the beaches.
Red tide in low concentrations is still present offshore to the north and south of this area.
Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, fresquent occur in the Gulf of Mexico in late summer or early fall. Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents. The current ride tide bloom has been evident in waters offshore of the Sarasota and Sanibel areas in recent weeks and months. Winds out of the north caused by Matthew pushed the bloom into the Gulf waters offshore from Naples through Marco Island.
To report dead fish or red tide symptoms, please call Collier County Pollution Control at (239) 252-2502. To speak to a health professional regarding red tide symptoms call the Florida Poison Information Center toll free at 1-800-222-1222.
Collier County Red Tide Updates are also available on the Red Tide Hotline at (239) 252-2591. This is an automated recording with the most recent Red Tide information for Collier County available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit www.colliergov.net/redtideupdate for more red tide information.
Current weather forecasts call for sunny days with moderate breezes and temperatures in mid 80's. You can check the detailed local weather forecast here. Find links to area beach web cams below.
See For Yourself!
View the live web cams to see how things look on Naples and Marco Island beaches.
Check the weather on Collier County's Online Weather Center page and see a live view of the beach on Marco Island.
Top Ranked Beaches
Marco Island was voted the #1 Island in the U.S. and #4 in the world in the 2014 TripAdvisor Readers’ Choice Islands Awards! The rankings are based on the quality and quantity of positive reader reviews. Come for a visit and see why so many people have enjoyed their stays on Marco Island!
Marco Island is also named one of the “100 Places That Will Change Your Child's” Life in the National Geographic Book by the same name. Learn about the amazing Dolphin Explorer trip and enjoy the wonderful beach resorts in this new book by former National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief Keith Bellows.
"Dr. Beach" ranked Barefoot Beach in north Naples as the #2 best beach in the USA for 2015, and the beach at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park as the #9 best beach in his latest list of Top Ten USA Beaches. That's TWO beaches in the north Naples area in the national Top Ten! Be sure to visit one or both of these beautiful beaches on your next visit. Watch a video about them on our Video page.
The Travel Channel named Naples America’s Best All-Around Beach in 2005.
FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of Leading travel site TripAdvisor has announced Naples, Fla. as a Top Gulf Coast Beach Destination. This designation is based on industry research and traveler feedback. Read the story here:
Did you know that Keewaydin Island, an eight-mile-long barrier island beach between Naples and Marco Island, was named one of the Top Ten Secret Beaches of the South by Southern Living magazine? CNN also named it to its 2014 list of “Top Ten Secret Beaches.” It's definitely worth a visit, but is only accessible by boat. Rent one, hire a captain, take one of the area sightseeing cruises that includes a stop on these beautiful white sands, or hop on board the Keewaydin Express water shuttle service from various locations around Marco Island. This shuttle offers multiple round trips daily to the island, weather depending. Keewaydin's beaches, and the Keewaydin Express water shuttle, are dog friendly!