30 secluded beaches where you can spend a low-key summer day

Sometimes you just want complete chill: no cars, no parties, no music ... just you and the sun beating down, the sound of the waves, the salty breeze and the sand between your toes. This is why we live in Florida. With summer here, these low-key beaches close by can help any Floridian take a quick relaxing staycation.

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Lover’s Key
Three and a half hours from Orlando
Lover’s Key beach is clean, large and beautiful with clear water and white sand beaches, making it perfect to gather shells or paddleboard into the open ocean. Nature trails and playgrounds are also found at this beach.
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Lover’s Key

Three and a half hours from Orlando
Lover’s Key beach is clean, large and beautiful with clear water and white sand beaches, making it perfect to gather shells or paddleboard into the open ocean. Nature trails and playgrounds are also found at this beach.

Photo via Maria G./Yelp
Bowditch Point Park
Three and a half hours from Orlando
Spacious boardwalks lead straight to this beach featuring gorgeous sunsets and typical beach amenities. Although parking spots are limited, the local buses stop here daily and secluded spots are frequent along the way. 
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Bowditch Point Park

Three and a half hours from Orlando
Spacious boardwalks lead straight to this beach featuring gorgeous sunsets and typical beach amenities. Although parking spots are limited, the local buses stop here daily and secluded spots are frequent along the way.

Photo via Bill J./Yelp
 E.G. Simmons Park
Two hours from Orlando
Boat docks, pavilions and open waters make this natural area perfect for fishing, hiking and camping. Sea life including turtles, crabs and the occasional manatee also make the area perfect for a quick "science" lesson. 
Photo via Mark P./Yelp

E.G. Simmons Park

Two hours from Orlando
Boat docks, pavilions and open waters make this natural area perfect for fishing, hiking and camping. Sea life including turtles, crabs and the occasional manatee also make the area perfect for a quick "science" lesson.

Photo via Mark P./Yelp
Siesta Beach
Two and a half hours from Orlando
Although this beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, it's the unique activities like drum circles, volleyball and castle-building contests that set it apart from others. Crystal-clear water here features sandbars abundant with sand dollars.
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Siesta Beach

Two and a half hours from Orlando
Although this beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, it's the unique activities like drum circles, volleyball and castle-building contests that set it apart from others. Crystal-clear water here features sandbars abundant with sand dollars.

Photo via Lydia T./Yelp
Bowman’s Beach
Four hours from Orlando
If you’re looking for a perfect spot to hunt seashells, look no further. This location features clear blue waters with shells in a multitude of sizes and colors along the sandy shores. 
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Bowman’s Beach

Four hours from Orlando
If you’re looking for a perfect spot to hunt seashells, look no further. This location features clear blue waters with shells in a multitude of sizes and colors along the sandy shores.

Photo via Andrew D./Yelp
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Hour and a half from Orlando
This boulder-strewn beach is home to one of Florida's largest coquina rock outcroppings and transitions into lush oaks and magnolia trees at the top of the landscape. Walking trails, rose gardens and gazebos can also be found across the park, making it a popular spot for weddings and other special occasions.
Photo via Amanda E./Yelp

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Hour and a half from Orlando
This boulder-strewn beach is home to one of Florida's largest coquina rock outcroppings and transitions into lush oaks and magnolia trees at the top of the landscape. Walking trails, rose gardens and gazebos can also be found across the park, making it a popular spot for weddings and other special occasions.

Photo via Amanda E./Yelp
Canaveral National Seashore
Hour and a half from Orlando
Although this beach has a small $5 entrance fee, it's worth it for the vast amounts of wildlife that patrons can spot and open beach with very limited visitors, making it the ideal spot to read a book or just chill.
Photo via Pamela S./Yelp

Canaveral National Seashore

Hour and a half from Orlando
Although this beach has a small $5 entrance fee, it's worth it for the vast amounts of wildlife that patrons can spot and open beach with very limited visitors, making it the ideal spot to read a book or just chill.

Photo via Pamela S./Yelp
Caladesi Island State Park
Two and a half hours from Orlando
This secluded island is known for its turquoise waters and white sugar sand. Visitors often see dolphins frolicking in the waters. You can only reach the island by ferry, which leaves every half hour.
Photo via Hoda B./Yelp

Caladesi Island State Park

Two and a half hours from Orlando
This secluded island is known for its turquoise waters and white sugar sand. Visitors often see dolphins frolicking in the waters. You can only reach the island by ferry, which leaves every half hour.

Photo via Hoda B./Yelp
Vilano Beach
Two hours from Orlando
Seashells and shark teeth are common souvenirs found at this St. Augustine beach. Seaside restaurants, hotels and resorts decorate the horizon, and it's an ideal location to watch the sunset. 
Photo via Rachel M./Yelp

Vilano Beach

Two hours from Orlando
Seashells and shark teeth are common souvenirs found at this St. Augustine beach. Seaside restaurants, hotels and resorts decorate the horizon, and it's an ideal location to watch the sunset.

Photo via Rachel M./Yelp
Pass-a-Grille Beach
Two and a half hours from Orlando
At the Southernmost end of St. Pete Beach rests this quaint and laid-back town right on the beach with boutiques, ice cream shops, outdoor art markets, fishing piers, restaurants and more. Tourists seem to miss this hole in the wall a bit further off the coast, which makes it a nice secluded area for locals. 
Photo via Reynol A./Yelp

Pass-a-Grille Beach

Two and a half hours from Orlando
At the Southernmost end of St. Pete Beach rests this quaint and laid-back town right on the beach with boutiques, ice cream shops, outdoor art markets, fishing piers, restaurants and more. Tourists seem to miss this hole in the wall a bit further off the coast, which makes it a nice secluded area for locals.

Photo via Reynol A./Yelp