The dream of being alone on a deserted beach… I think it has crossed all of our minds. The hustle and bustle of daily life can be too much sometimes. Wouldn’t you like to go somewhere where nobody knows your name? Here’s a few places you might not know about, that will give you exactly that.
Known for art galleries and incredible food, as well as a reputation as an amazing fishing location, Matlacha is a slice of paradise just west of Ft. Meyers. Pine Island is close by offering great water activities such as kayaking. Matlacha Pass is shallow, extending north from San Carlos Bay to Charlotte Harbor. The pass runs between Pine Island and the Florida mainland and is accessible year-round. Boat accommodations are available at several locations.
Florida’s Cabbage Key
Cayo Costa State Park lies within Cabbage Key, a perfect spot for nature lovers. The mangroves hide pristine wildlife sanctuaries and the island vibe in the town can’t be beat. The popular Cabbage Key Inn is said to have inspired Jimmy Buffet to write “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and the cheeseburger is the most popular item on the menu – but we won’t say no to the peel-and-eat shrimp or house-smoked salmon either!
Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island
The small town of Boca Grande Island is understated yet upscale. It’s a stylish retreat where visitors ride bikes or scoot around in golf carts – you might go a full day without seeing a car. It’s been the beach spot of choice for families such as the Vanderbilts and Duponts, who were looking for a beautiful beach without the tourists. Gasparilla has several marina choices for those arriving by yacht and you are sure to find the island vibe to your liking.
It’s only a block wide, but the historic island of Pass-a-Grille packs a punch. Kayoga classes set the vibe, and the downtown area is full of quirky art spots and good bars. The pristine beaches are home to 300 species of migratory birds, and a kayak is the best way to experience it all. When coming by boat, the Pass-a-Grille Marina and St. Petersburg Yacht Club will welcome you.
The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is home to beautiful fishing and great birding. The homes of Cedar Key are all built on stilts overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, while the people exude warmth and sunshine. Cedar Key Marina is a family friendly spot with a boat dock and service options. Most people dock for a day or two, but you are welcome to stay long term if you fall in love with this beautiful spot in paradise!
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