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Date Posted:11/27/2003 10:40:03Copy HTML

Does anyone know a good beach in the Naples area for wearing a thong?  We're planning a trip down there soon.  I know all about South Beach and the Keys but not about Naples.  We're planning on hitting South Beach too.  I've seen some reports on topfreedom.com of topless sunbathing in Naples but don't know where exactly.  The past times I've been there it seems to be a quiet, conservative place without any European or Latin influence.  I've seen only one or two women in thongs there about ten years ago on the beach not far from the pier.
JM_Runs #1

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:11/28/2003 02:02:54Copy HTML

I have thonged in Naples.  Town is still a little conservitive.  Was very conservitive a dozen years years ago when I first started to go there. 

Beach access from a lot of little parking lots along the road by the beach.  Unfortunatly the locals have passed silly parking laws where most of the spaces are reserved for locals.  (One day some one will chalange that based on the fact that some of them are made from the ends of streets that once ran right out onto the beach.  As such the land under some of the paring lots is still public right of way.  Since they use state funds for roads I dont see how they can legaly exclude state resedents.) 

You will probably be the only male thonger you see but you should not have much problem.  Self confidence helps.


taninind #2

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:11/30/2003 10:41:32Copy HTML

sailor250 #3

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:12/01/2003 08:26:00Copy HTML

About these "beach patrols":  Are they there to watch for drowning swimmers?  Are they going to hassle those wearing thongs?   I've heard about some toplessness on the Naples beaches, is this their response to make people behave?
okeemm #4

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:12/03/2003 06:49:34Copy HTML

Reply to : sailor250

About these "beach patrols": Are they there to watch for drowning swimmers? Are they going to hassle those wearing thongs? I've heard about some toplessness on the Naples beaches, is thistheir response to make people behave?

A few months ago I was planning a Florida vacation. Like you I was going to go to Naples for the first time. I did a little research by searching the municipal code web site. All the beaches in Naples are County beaches except De Lnor Wiggins Pass a State Park.

I didn't see any restrictions from searching through the Municipal Code web site so I thought I would be absolutely sure, so I e-mailed the County. I received an immediate reply stating that there was a ban on thongs.


Yes there is an ordinance that that does not allow thong swimwear at public beaches.


I sent a reply stating that I had searched Municipal Code web site and could find no restrictions.

Where can I find it? I have looked for it.

I have been to the municipal code web sight under Collier Co Ordinances and there is no mention it.

Can you send me a link to it. Wherever it may be. Or if you have it cut and past it into a e mail back to me.



A few days later I received another e-mail with an apology that the first e-mail I received was totally incorrect. I have enclosed a copy of this e-mail for your examination here.


I apologize for my first response ( I was mis informed), The state park system at one time had a statue that required there be 1 inch of material on the rear of swimsuits. I do not know if this still applies?

The County does not have this statue. We do however have a policy at the public pools "no thongs allowed'.

I have been informed that our beaches are not regulated under this policy. I hope this answers your question.


Annie Pappalardo Alvarez


I went to Vanderbilt Beach on a beautiful midweek day just before Halloween. The place was packed. There must have been at least 500 people there. I really gave the old ladies something to talk about because I could see out of the corner of my eye, every time I went to take a swim, they were just going nuts. No one said a word and there were plenty of lifeguards around. I had a copy of the e-mail I received from the county with me just in case. I didn't need it, and had a wonderful afternoon. Go and enjoy yourself

flthonger #5

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:12/03/2003 07:36:22Copy HTML


I did the same thing a couple of years ago with Velusia County (New Smyrna Beach).


I had a letter in hand and never needed it.


Make this effort before you travel anywhere and ENJOY YOUR THONGS!!!



sailor250 #6

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:01/21/2004 05:30:53Copy HTML

Well after going there I'd say that Naples is much more conservative than the east coast of FLA.


We stayed at the Vanderbilt Inn on Vanderbilt beach, north of Naples beach.  I wore thongs on the public beach without a problem, but didn't see another woman or man with one on.  My wife didn't want to wear one out there.  I wore several different thongs and g strings in the pool and hot tub without a problem.  I got lots of looks and curiosity however.   I got more attention it seemed from a suit that I recently bought, that isn't a thong at all.  Its a skin tight shorts type suit which I'll admit leaves little to the imagination.  It seems some teenage girls, less than about 10 years my senior seemed to giggle and laugh at it.  It would look obsurd if I were out of shape, or didn't have flat abs.


Overall I'd have to say Naples is "thong tolerant"...unlike South Beach which is "thong common".

rock1212 #7

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:03/17/2004 03:46:26Copy HTML

Reply to : sailor250

Thong-tolerant is better than thong-hostile!

sailor250 #8

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:03/04/2005 07:05:18Copy HTML

Got another chance to wear thongs on Naples beaches this year. 


I was the only thong I saw, no other women or guys.  I was surprised to see a couple sitting in beach chairs amongst others and he had his suit unclipped on the sides. It didn't seem to be a thong.

I wore conservative thongs down to a low cut Dore thong.  I had no hassles, quite a few looks, and a few comments.  I didn't walk up and down the beach, but got up to swim and stood.

sweetabix #9

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:07/26/2008 11:13:56Copy HTML


I am heading to Naples, FL for a week at end August. Will be staying south of naples.
Any advice on thong friendly beaches near Naples?
I may also have a chance to visit Keewaydin Beach -- so any info. on thong friendly/allowed here will be appreciated.

sailor250 #10

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:11/27/2010 07:09:58Copy HTML

Well in 2010 I'll have to say I was pleasantly surprised about Naples beaches.

Recently was able to spend several days there and tried out a few beaches.

North 9th St one day fed the parking meter with tons of quarters and headed out.  I wore a boy shorts type thong which is very low riding and small in the back.  I found a spot and took off my shorts and no problem the whole afternoon.  Even walked a few blocks in just the thong later in the day on the way back to the car.  Got a few cell phone snaps from some young girls.

South 12 th St south of the pier.  Wore a white thong bikini from Nu Parr, rather transparent while wet.  Again no problems at all. 

Gulf Shore Blvd North Beach access not far from the Villages shopping center was told about it by a local.  I went there three days. There were always several hot young girls around to watch and even saw some other thongs..  One day a woman about 40 was wearing a modern looking thong suit shired horizontally ( so it was sort of a double diamond shaped V in the back).  Nearby a couple of Latin early 20's girls were imp thonging- pulling up there already small backs into improvised thong.  Wore G string bikinis with no issues (look like tiny bikini from the front but G string back- Dubio Viper-one mesh one solid).  This place always surprised me- the first day with the women in thongs
jtanguy #11

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:11/27/2010 08:36:29Copy HTML

Sailor250 - Good to hear you had a good experience visiting Naples.
One of the better places to go in Naples and be able to take a decent walk with no problem is from 18th street & 21st street and further South from the Naples Pier. Meters are limited but I would suggest you trying that end of Naples next time. It's doubtful that the Millionaire homes that you'll be passing by will even have anyone laying out in front of them.
The other decent beach to go to is "Barefoot Beach" in North Naples. Without a resident sticker you can park all day for either $6 or $8 bucks. Best area to lay out is the Very South end of the beach (about a mile walk) close to where Wiggins Pass is located. There's a lot of down trees near the water... but gives a good place to be out of the sun if you want.
Thongers can be found at either of these two locations - enjoy on your next visit to Naples.
sailor250 #12

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:11/28/2010 02:17:21Copy HTML

I did visit Barefoot Beach, and I'll post on that thread.It never ceases to amaze me how old the population is in Naples but did see younger people at the beach and at the mall.

At Gulfshore I was surprised to see a very hot 20's chick in a brazilian backed bikini wading and fishing on that beach.  Next time I went I was looking up at the highrises which are right on the beach and was surprised to see on the 11th floor penthouse wraparound balcony on this one building a guy maybe 70 completely tanned and nude in the sun, sometimes walking around talking on his phone and leaning on the railing which was only aluminum tubing so didn't shield him, and this building is maybe 100 feet from the water, and he's 140 feet up, so he's less than 250 feet from many beachgoers- I guess no one looks up- or down because the building nextdoor was taller. The last time in a mesh suit I was laying on my back reading a book with one leg crossed at the knee and this 70 year old woman walking with her 40 year old daughter was staring at me as they walked and talked, she said as they just passed me "Looks like it's King Size"

The six times I was on these beaches never saw a "beach patrol" or ranger, at some locations no tracks even.

I decided to go on the low end on the lodging but my criteria included a 24 hr pool access.  I stayed at the Le mon Tree Inn and found it was full of europeans- mostly German and Dutch, and no problems with thongs.  Wore G strings there to swim, or less late at night, it's a sleepy place,  in Naples the sidewalks roll up about 9 pm.

So all in all I'd say quite thong tolerant- no negative comments or looks.  I think the key is just act naturally like you belong, and not like you're worried.
SlidingG #13

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:03/11/2011 04:03:35Copy HTML

Just back from South Florida, two nights in Naples at the Lemon Tree Inn, old and quaint, I'd say.  Worked out fine.  No time for beach sunning (visiting relatives, etc.), but watched the sunset from the beach just south of the pier, and next morning at 3rd Avenue S ran in shorts and swam in a thong.  Before eight am, the meters needn't be fed.  The vibes I got match Sailor250's experience, sunning in thongs would have been fine, wish I'd had the chance.
sweetabix #14

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:03/20/2011 07:02:24Copy HTML

I will be visiting Keewyadin Island in 2 weeks. Any reports on thong tolerance/things allowed here?
sweetabix #15

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:03/26/2011 11:32:20Copy HTML

Spent a day at Keewaydin Island. Great beach. Very quiet. Saw maybe 10 people in total. Was able to wear a Dore VLC with no bother at all. Weather was great. 82-85.
shs92645 #16

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:01/09/2012 07:40:11Copy HTML

Nice to read your posting Sliding G about spending January in Naples......my family settled there in the late 60's when it was a very small town, so I have a long history of visiting there - which perhaps is why now I rarely do!!  I have worn my skimpy attire on Naples beaches but, for some reason, have never really felt very comfortable doing so as on the East Coast Florida beaches.  But you are correct in noting that they are perfectly legal and the beach patrol will not hassle you.  I found that north of the pier (around Central) the beach is wider and provided more room which I like at all beaches. 

Enjoy your month - this is my first year in ages NOT coming down to Florida in January......bought myself a new adult toy (Audi) instead and busy sitting for artists in Rhode Island and Boston...:)
1skinnydipper #17

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:08/26/2015 12:43:26Copy HTML

I'm spending the winter, Nov - Apr. in Naples and plan to thong as much as possible. Has anyone had any problems thonging at any of the beaches? My lady friend says Pelican Bay is probably out but she thinks the other beaches are probably ok.  She has lived in Pellican Bay about 15 years but doesn't thong and hasn't seen anyone thong there.  Any suggestions as to which would be the best for thonging?  Anyone know of any beaches which might be nude friendly.  I know its against FL law to go nude but the law is vague as it specifically mentions "where it may excite others or be viewed as provocative" (paraphrased).

ron1261 #18

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:08/26/2015 01:30:09Copy HTML

best place the far end of barefoot beach last parking area ( dirt) then walk to your left
jtanguy #19

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:08/26/2015 03:51:14Copy HTML

 I agree ron1261 - the last parking lot area (dirt parking lot) is generally a good area to thong. The weekends are more crowded (even in the summer) especially with those with boats pulling up.  You can hang out down on the far South end of the beach just before the inlet to get some privacy away from the walkers and the boats. The water temps are very warm this time of year.
ron1261 #20

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:08/27/2015 01:16:58Copy HTML

never had a problem there, sometimes the rangers even stop to b,s
Yogaone #21

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:02/28/2017 12:07:19Copy HTML

Down in Naples for a few days love to hit the beach in my Skinz gstring. Have seen ladies thonging no guys.   Should I dare to be so bare or keep it conservative?
orlcpl #22

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:02/28/2017 01:01:30Copy HTML

Do what you want, don't wait for others.

Yogaone #23

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:02/28/2017 07:55:20Copy HTML

 Had a nice half of day in my Joe Snyder black thong. No issues beautiful place!
orlspeedo #24

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:05/03/2017 05:14:34Copy HTML

 I might be down in Naples the week of June 3 staying at the SeaChase condos near the Ritz.  Anybody been lately?  Was hoping to be able to tan in either my Joe Snyder thong or Muscleskins without a problem.
Tic #25

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:05/06/2017 08:21:17Copy HTML

Barefoot beach in Bonita Springs is a great place to go.  Going to be there for a couple of days this week.  Unfortunately will probably not have the time to get out..
orlspeedo #26

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:05/15/2017 03:30:43Copy HTML

Man, I'd love to meet and thong with you if your going to be around the first week of June.
orlspeedo #27

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:06/12/2017 04:22:56Copy HTML

Well I am happy to report I just spent a week in Naples on Vanderbilt Beach and spent everyday sunning in my thongs.  I was staying at a condo so I wasn't at a public beach, but I did not receive any negative comments the entire week I was there.  I even sunned at the condo pool in my thong and went swimming and talked to one of the other residents who could clearly see I was in a thong.  He had no issues and it was such a great experience I am ready to go back as soon as I can.  Thongs are alive and well in Naples!
butterball21044 #28

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:06/12/2017 06:53:40Copy HTML

Naples remains a pleasant surprise for thongers--both male and female. For the under-30 female crowd, the little-black-thong seems to be the uniform of choice now that school is out, and parents may not always be along. For males, unfortunately, board shorts continue to dominate with the occasional Speedo, and slightly more frequently, thong. Once again, peer pressure among girls helps increase thonging, while among males depleting the number of briefs and thongs.

Having said that, thongs are tolerated, if not accepted, on most Naples beaches. It's best to avoid high-traffic areas at parks like Vanderbilt Beach, Lowdermilk and the Naples Pier. The beach end of streets tend to work the best, attracting fewer large crowds and more beach goers content to just live-and-let live. (I favor 4th to 7th Ave. North with decent parking in the off-season and alternating streets with water and showers.) Don't forget to buy your parking hours or arrange for a non-resident parking permit, good for a year and the break-even point is about eight days of use.

While summer may bring more family vacationers, it also brings a higher percentage of non-USA families often more used to skimpier swimwear. (Last summer, I was thrilled to see a Central American family walking along with mother, father, twelve and fourteen year old daughters all in thongs; the only one in a standard bikini was an eight year old who evidently didn't have a thong as I would imagine they're hard to acquire, even outside the USA.

As frequently mentioned on this Board, always, check the crowd first, and please don't be tempted to display see-thru and torpedo-style suits. Girls and women should feel free to walk along most, if not all, beaches, and men and boys should be OK to tan most everywhere and walk where there are fewer peer-induced groups wishing to cat call. Also, spring break can be contradictory, more young girls in thongs, but also more peer-influenced negativity by males. 

By the way, thongs are legal on all Collier County and Naples beaches and only prohibited in state parks and where otherwise deemed illegal by local ordinance. Enjoy Naples!
SlidingG #29

Re:Naples , Florida

Date Posted:01/01/2019 08:43:27Copy HTML

This New Year's morning at 9:00 on the beach at Lowdermilk Park in Naples was Big Dave's Polar Plunge, to benefit Drug Court Kids. A good turnout, with plenty of women in bikinis, plus an occasional square cut, jammers or triathlon skinsuit on the guys. Except for me. With my Santa's cap (we're still in the middle of the Twelve Days of Christmas), white beard, red running shorts and white tank top, I strode onto the beach looking and feeling good. Under the shorts was a blue Speedo square cut for the swim, plus my trusty old red Speedo thong underneath should I work up the nerve to bare my buns. No problem, I soon ditched all but the Santa's cap and thong, then stood around in the throngs while a man and a woman gave testimonials about how Drug Court Kids got them clean and saved their lives. Impressive and lots of cheers. Then into the water, I led the way. Did my daily long swim with the Santa's cap on, then onto the beach for chatting and photos (declared the best-dressed there!), then showered off (lots of kids around, never a harsh word from anyone) and headed home. Truly an excellent morning, a great way to celebrate the new year. Already planning for next year, but I'll get '20' / '20' painted on my bare buns in big red numerals. Should draw appreciative comment. Maybe even make the local news!
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