If youre craving seclusion and relaxation, the most popular beaches wont do. Here are few beautiful beaches that are always worth a tank of gas.
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Bowditch Point Park 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes Bowditch Point Park is found at the northern tip of Estero Island, and its beaches provide a laid-back atmosphere for beachgoers. Swim, sunbathe, and maybe even build a sand castle on its shores. Parking is $2 per hour though, so keep that in mind.
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Atlantic Beach 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes Many people believe Atlantic Beach was the site of the first year-round Native American Settlement in North America, but today it claims miles of beaches with some great surfing. And when you need a little city life, you can head into Jacksonville.
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Bean Point Anna Maria Island Beach, Anna Maria Island, Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes Anna Maria might be a beach hot-spot over the summer, but Bean Point is at the very northern tip of the island where most visitors never reach. The beach is quiet, and here you can enjoy a great sunset without the obstruction of peoples rainbow umbrellas.
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Blowing Rocks Preserve 574 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound, Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes Named for its Anastasia limestone shoreline, Blowing Rocks Preserve is a barrier island sanctuary that underwent a lot of coastal habitat restoration. Daily beach access is $2, and you can swim, scuba and snorkel. During the summer, loggerhead turtles use Blowing Rocks Preserve as a nesting ground, so there is a chance for you to spot a couple.
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Clam Pass Park Beach 465 Seagate Dr, Naples, Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes In order to get to the beach at Clam Pass, you have to walk through a three-quarter mile boardwalk, which gives a new meaning to secluded beaches. But the walk is half of the fun. It runs through a mangrove forest which houses a variety of wildlife, marine life, and birds.
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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Preserve 13640 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes Since it is a wildlife preserve, there are no condos, no hotels, and practically no people to disturb you at Hobe Sound. There is an entry fee of $5 per vehicle, but there are very few beaches in Florida that will truly be empty in the summer, so this one is worth it. There are no signs alerting you to where the beach is, but with a little exploring, youll find it. Just keep walking north.
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Little Talbot State Park 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes Little Talbot Island is one of the last remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida, and youll be able to relax all along its 5-mile stretch of beaches. Youll be able to do all of your favorite summer beach activities without the summer crowds. From surfing to fishing for bluefish, there are tons of things for you to do beside just swim. Entrance is $5 per vehicle.
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Lovers Key 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes Lovers Key is rumored to once have been a haven for couples to enjoy its remote beaches, which used to be only accessible by boat. However, you dont have to have a significant other to relax along its quiet shores. Today, this beach is known for its excellent shelling, sunbathing, swimming and picnicking. They also offer kayak tours from the parks concession stand. Entrance is $8 per vehicle.
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Playalinda Beach 402 Titusville, Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes Located in Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda was rated Quietest Beach by Tripadvisor in 2013, so if seclusion is what youre after, this is one that is definitely worth the drive. It also has some great waves for surfing, and while pets are not allowed in the beach, they are allowed in the lagoon.
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Juan Ponce de León Landing 4005 Florida A1A, Melbourne Beach, Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes This park is a memorial to Juan Ponce de Leóns 1513 landing near Melbourne Beach. Today, it offers sandy beaches and great surf fishing. It might not exactly have been the fountain of youth, but León discovered a little stretch of paradise that people can still enjoy over 500 years later.
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