Florida Secret Beaches
Do you like to explore beaches that are off the beaten path? Do you like beaches that are a little more difficult to get to, traversing Florida's natural coastline to an unknown beach?
Explore these out of the way beaches and enjoy nature to its fullest.
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Secret Florida Beaches
Amelia Island is one of Florida's most highly rated beach community, and yet is not visited by huge crowds. 2013 awards for Amelia Island include TripAdvisors Top 10 USA Islands, Condé Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards Top 25 Islands in the World, and Travel + Leisure America's Favorite Towns.
Anna Maria is the most northern of the 3 communities making up Anna Maria Island. As primarily a residential area, with many part-time residents, Anna Maria features a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The entire city is a bird sanctuary, which perfectly fits into its relaxed atmosphere, along with abundant aquatic life that makes for awesome beaches and water sports.
Atlantic Beach is not frequented by crowds of people, but this secret Florida beach was rated as one of the Top 10 Beaches for 2013 by the Travel Channel.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is one of Florida's best kept secret beaches. It was ranked #7 in 2013 and #8 in 2012 among USA beaches by Dr. Beach, and features pristine beaches with activities like sunbathing and swimming, and eco-adventures like biking, kayaking, guided tours, camping, and boating.
Caladesi Island was ranked the #1 USA Beach in 2008. The 3 miles of unspoiled beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, snorkeling, strolling, picnics, and other activities.
Flagler Beach is a historic beach town that is uncrowded and laid-back that features 2 state parks. It was a finalist in Budget Travel Magazine's 2013 Coolest Small Town Contest, and chosen by Where to Retire magazine as one of the top retirement destinations in Florida.
Lovers Key was only accessible by boat in the beginning, and eventually became known as a remote and solitary beach to which lovers traveled in their boats. Today, Lovers Key is accessible by car, making it easy to enjoy its private beaches.
New Smyrna Beach is a little known beach, but one of the most highly rated beaches in the United States. In 2013, New Smyrna Beach was voted among the top 10 beaches in Florida in a USA Today reader survey, recognized as one of the world's top 20 surf towns by National Geographic, again voted Best Beach by readers of the Orlando Sentinel, and ranked one of the top 15 "World’s Coolest Surf Towns" by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
North Captiva Island is a remote and private island only accessible by water or air with the luxurious amenities, privacy, and pristine sandy beaches you're searching for.
Perdido Key is one of the secret gems of Florida, sharing the distinction of being rated the #3 USA Beach and #18 World Beach by TripAdvisor in 2013, and has been ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 beaches by Dr. Beach.