NAPLES, FLA., May 23, 2014 – Two popular beaches from Florida’s Paradise Coast (Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades) have been included in Dr. Beach’s 24th annual Top 10 Beaches List. Both Barefoot Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park are featured on the list at number two and number 10, respectively, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach”.

This is the third time Barefoot Beach has made the list. It was previously listed as number six in 2013 and number 10 in 2006, while Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is making its debut on the prestigious list in 2014. According to Dr. Beach, this natural, unspoiled beach regularly makes it on to his top 20 list of America's Best Beaches. 

Barefoot Beach, which is located 12 miles north of downtown Naples and is accessed through Bonita Springs, covers 8,200 feet of beach and sand dunes. Part of Barefoot Beach Preserve, an area which spans 342 acres of natural land, it is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. Leatherman praised the beach for its shallow water and gentle surf, declaring it ideal for bathing and swimming.  The Barefoot Beach Preserve Park is maintained and operated by Collier County Parks & Recreation. 

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a 166-acre beach park characterized by sea oats, sand dunes and fine white sand sprinkled with seashells. Leatherman named it on the list because of its fascinating observation tower and exceptional amenities including bathrooms, changing stalls, and outside rinse showers. 

As “Dr. Beach” (, Leatherman has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991; past National Winners are retired and listed on the website. Fifty criteria are used to evaluate beaches, which include water and sand quality as well as safety and environmental management. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally known coastal scientist who has published 16 books and hundreds of scientific articles and reports about storm impacts, coastal erosion and ways to improve beach health and safety. 

The complete list of Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches for 2014 can be found at For more information about Florida’s Paradise Coast or to schedule a trip, visit

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About Florida’s Paradise Coast
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations (39 domestic and 4 international) on 17 different air carriers.

For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at

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