Florida Nature July 22, 2016
10 Of The Best Secret Beaches In Florida To Escape The Tourists
Even though it’s not exactly tourist season, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful beaches where we can relax and soak up the sunshine. Check out these almost-private secluded beaches, which also happen to be some of the most beautiful in Florida. They’ll make your summer awesome and save you from the crowds when tourist season rolls around again.
1. Cape San Blas
Cape San Blas is a barrier peninsula that is 17 miles long. The Gulf side offers white sand and calm shallow water, which is great for kids. The Cape is an excellent family destination because of the clear, calm water and plenty of privacy.
2. Caladesi Island
This natural island on the Gulf coast has a fascinating 3-mile nature trail. It is a great place to go kayaking, picnicking or just swimming and sunbathing.
3. Lovers Key State Park
This barrier island near Fort Myers will feel like your own private island. Wildlife is waiting around every corner, and there are five miles of trails on hard-packed shells. Even if you don't have a sweetheart to bring, you'll fall in love with Lovers Key.
4. St. George Island
The beaches here are often regarded as some of Florida's very best. This barrier island off the coast of North Florida has remained refreshingly free of high-rises thanks to protective zoning. Pet lovers will adore this quaint beach community that is well known for being super pet-friendly.
5. Boca Grande
The "Big Mouth" is named after a waterway at the southern tip of the island. It is located on Gasparilla Island. If you love tarpon fishing, then this is the beach for you. This is a beautiful beach where the sand is as fine as sugar and the water is sapphire blue.
6. Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa is a hidden gem in Florida's Emerald Coast. Relax at the beach or hike through the unbridled nature of Washington State Forest for an unforgettable beach vacation.
7. Blowing Rocks Preserve
This incredibly unique beach located on Jupiter Island is actually an environmental preserve. Breaking waves hit the limestone outcropping to create huge sprays, especially in stormy weather. Kids will love the butterfly garden.
8. Cayo Costa
Cayo Costa is a large barrier island west of Fort Myers. It is seven miles long and reached only by ferry or private boat. The wilderness here is full of unique plants and vegetation for all of you nature enthusiasts out there. If a secluded beach full of wildlife and seashells is on your vacation wishlist, this is the beach for you.
9. Tigertail Beach
It was just a sandbar a decade ago, but Hurricane Wilma did its part piling up and on the southern end, which connected the sandbar to the Marco Island. On Tigertail Beach, you can enjoy an unspoiled natural beach with ample shelling and birding opportunities.
10. Little Talbot Island
Little Talbot Island is an undeveloped barrier island in Northeast Florida. It boasts sand dunes, maritime forests and salt marshes, inhabited by otters, marsh rabbits and even bobcats. The fishing here is a world class activity.
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