With one of the best-rated beaches, filled with tropical vegetation and a plethora of birdlife, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park offers you a chance to relax and renew as well as observe or be active. Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, kayaking, boating, fishing, birding and strolling are just some of the fun available at this state park. With one of the most pristine stretches of beach in the world, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park beckons.
Boating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Whether it’s kayak paddling through mangroves or doing standup paddleboarding, this barrier island, with the Cocohatchee River and surrounding backwaters, offers a relaxing paddle. It can also be the spot for great exercise. Some enjoy paddling the beach; you’ll have a choice for whichever conditions and surroundings you prefer.
If you’re boating, the launch area into Turkey Bay is very accessible. You’ll cruise the estuaries of the Cocohatchee River, which eventually leads out to the Gulf of Mexico. The river offers good fishing, for those who enjoy the sport.
Within the park of 199 acres, you’ll find many different species of birds as well as dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and other marine life. Much of the park is submerged and home to abundant mangroves.
Stroll or hike along the beach shore, where you can collect a variety of shells, but collecting sand dollars and starfish is prohibited. While hiking, you might spot gopher turtles, pods of dolphins, a plethora of birds and more. Many visitors enjoy the area between boardwalks. The Boardwalk Trail is a 0.7-mile trail with scenic views that appeal to all levels of hikers.
White quartz in its purity lines the beaches of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. You might hike near the white sand beach. Seagrapes, coco plums and seven-year apples are some of the interesting newer plants that can be spotted in the hammock area of the park.
A popular swimming destination, you might be aware that the park’s southern boundary up to the middle of parking lot five, a distance of almost one mile, is the designated area for swimming. Wiggins Pass, to the north, has strong currents, and swimming is not allowed there. Swim in the beautiful Gulf waters or relax in the Florida sunshine.
Snorkel the beautiful waters near the beach area as well.
Picnicking is available throughout the park; just bring the food, as the grills and tables are there for your use. You can even reserve the pavilion, at the northern end of the park, for a wedding, celebration or party. Enjoy the views as well as shady areas to take a break from the sunny beach.
Things to Know
The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, every day of the year. It is protected, and the collecting of plants, animals and park property is prohibited.
Should you bring Rover? Pets are only permitted in designated areas; they are not allowed on the beach. They must be kept on a leash and act well-behaved at all times while visiting Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.
Camping, fireworks, and hunting are prohibited as well as is the consumption of alcoholic beverages within the park.
Food and beverages are available at the concessions trailer in parking lot number 4. You can also rent umbrellas and beach chairs. Those wanting to get on the water can find rentals of paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. Beach wheelchairs are available from the park by reservation.
Whether you plan to spend the day kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico waters or watching an amazing sunset, you’ll love Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.