Florida in the summertime is a place unlike any other. With stunning beaches, thriving wildlife, and tons of outdoor adventures, the Sunshine State is the perfect place to soak up the sun. However, with all those opportunities for fun comes huge crowds of other visitors. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to enjoy the ocean in solitude, here are six of the best secluded beaches in Florida.
Untouched beauty runs wild at St. George Island State Park. With an impressive nine miles of white sandy beaches, this oceanfront park is quiet and picturesque. Sand dunes speckle the land, adding to the park’s already impressive terrain. Trails weave through the forest, giving beachgoers a variety of activities to partake in.
When you venture to Sanibel Island, you won’t find the typical chain restaurants and fast food joints. Rather, you can enjoy a quiet and uncommercial vibe at Bowman’s Beach. Try your hand at shelling here: this beach is renowned for being one of the best shell-hunting spots in the world. Once you’re finished, you’ll have all the room you need to plant your umbrella—and all the quiet you need to enjoy your book.
Hoping to spot some dolphins? Caladesi Island State Park’s secluded beach may be your best bet. An untouched island filled with natural wonders, this destination is unlike any other. The island is only accessible by boat, but that just adds to the park’s quiet charm.
This beach has a heartwarming story to match its romantic name. In the early 1900s, this island was only reachable by boat, and lovers were the only people who would make the trek to the secluded spot. Today, you can access the beach by road, but the locale is still just as romantic. A popular spot for beachside weddings, this quiet beach makes for the perfect getaway.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, E.G. Simmons Park’s beach will give you the excitement you’re looking for. The perfect spot for both fishing and camping, this beach allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature without the disruption of tourists. Seven miles of shoreline and 469 acres of wildlife make this area a natural wonder.
Garden lovers will be in their own personal paradise when they visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The formal garden here is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including azaleas, roses, and camellias. Along the beach itself are some truly stunning formations. The iconic coquina rocks that line the beach—not to mention the sparkling ocean itself—make for some spectacular views. Thanks to the lack of crowds, you can fully enjoy the natural splendor of the coastline.
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