This access to the beach is nothing more than a walking path between Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach State Park to the north and a luxury condominium building called Moraya Bay to the south (located where the old Vanderbilt Inn used to be). However, a few things are noteworthy and fall into the local tips category.
There are about 20 free parking spaces immediately at the beginning of the pathway before you would get to the entrance to Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach State Park. As you might imagine, those spots fill up quickly in the morning. But if you hover around for awhile it’s likely that one will open up in a reasonable amount of time.
Position your car facing east at the beginning of the path with your right blinker turned on so that other people trying to do the same thing as you are realize that there is a line behind you for the next available spot. If you don’t have a need to actually enter the state park, you save yourself the entry fee and you’re very, very close to the beach.
The location of this access is at the top of Vanderbilt Beach and the most southern end of Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach State Park. If you’re a beach walker, this is an ideal starting point because you can choose to either walk south along Vanderbilt Beach towards the Ritz Carlton Beach Hotel or you can stroll the beach going north all of the way up to Wiggins Pass and around the point.
If you walk from this access point along the Delnor-Wiggins Pass beach all of the way around the point at Wiggins Pass, you’ve walked about a mile and a half in one direction. Likewise, if you walk south down Vanderbilt Beach all of the way to the Ritz Carlton Beach Hotel, you’ve walked about the same distance.
Just FYI, the “Bluebill” moniker is because the short section of road and the bridge that goes from Gulf Shore Drive to Vanderbilt Drive is called Bluebill Avenue (which becomes 111th Avenue at Naples Park and then becomes Immokalee Road when it intersects with Route 41 / Tamiami Trail). There is a bike rack here as there is at almost every single beach access point.
Rumor has it that the county is going to build a boardwalk to access the beach in this location. There is talk about installing restroom facilities at this beach access point in the future. Stand by.