The Naples City Pier
Wed Aug 14th, 2019
The Naples Pier has been a landmark in Naples, Florida for over a century. Built in 1888, the pier is located at the end of 12th Avenue South and is just down the street from the oldest home in Naples. The cottage home was built in 1895, which puts two of Naples most historical structures minutes away from each other.
Before the completion of Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), anyone who wanted to get to Naples had to do so by boat, which made the pier a critical part of early Naples infrastructure. In the early 1900’s, narrow gauge rail tracks ran the length of the pier to move cargo and baggage that arrived.
Believe it or not, Naples’ first post office was built on the pier, but it was destroyed in a fire in 1912. Although the pier made it through the fire, it endured severe damage by hurricanes in 1910, 1926, 1960 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. After each disaster, the pier needed substantial renovations.
Today, the Naples Pier is a fishing hotspot and an ideal location for leisurely strolls. Since the pier stretches 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll be cooled off by the gentle Gulf breeze. The pier has concessions, a bathroom, a bait shop, food and beach supplies all about halfway down the boardwalk. So, if you need anything, it’s right there at your convenience!
The next time you’re in Naples, make sure and stop by the Naples Pier and check out one of the most scenic views in the USA!
Source: USA 10 Best, Must Do Visitors Guide