The allure of escaping to a private island can be appealing to both introverts and extroverts alike, especially when it's as whimsical as the little shores you can cultivate in Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out for Nintendo Switch in March and has captivated gamers and non-gamers everywhere. If you’ve been dreaming of escaping to your own private sands lately, look no further than these gorgeous islands in Florida with Animal Crossing vibes.
Apart from investing in a Switch and jumping on the adorable bandwagon that is this game, running away to a deserted island to make all your own isn’t exactly feasible for most. However, these Florida islands will bring you pretty darn close to that dream.
Secluded, gorgeous, and showcasing all of Florida’s amazing flora and fauna, these islands are the perfect escape. While some may require long road trips or a boat to reach, others are just a day’s drive away, and all of them are totally worth it.
So jump aboard your very own Deserted Island Getaway Package, even if just for a day, and explore all the beauty of these Florida islands.
Maybe you’ll even run into Tom Nook, himself!
Address: Coordinates are 26.0704° N, 81.7869° W; You can navigate here with your own boat or board this ferry.
Why You Need To Go: This little barrier island is about 8 miles of pristine white sands, and you can sometimes even get a bite to eat from floating burger and ice cream joints — kind of like the art smuggler that can come to your ACNH Island. BONUS: It's a great spot to beach comb for seashells and sand dollars.
Anna Marie Island Villa Rental
Price: $190 per night
Address: Holmes Beach, FL near Anna Maria Island
Why You Need To Go: No need to craft your own house from scratch when you can rent this gorgeous home on the pristine shores of Holmes Beach. Just a short drive north from here will take you to Anna Marie Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Pine Island Sound — Useppa Island
Address: 11401 Andy Rosse Ln., Captiva, FL
Why You Need To Go: What would an Animal Crossing island be without some adorable animals? You can cash in your nook mile's ticket to hop on a cruise to Useppa Island and get the chance to run into some of the cutest gopher tortoises around.
Why You Need To Go: When exploring a deserted island, whether in-game or real life, you never quite know how long it's been there for. In the case of Cabbage Key, this little slice of paradise has been around since the Ice Age.
Address: Board the ferry at Fort De Soto State Park — 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL
Why You Need To Go: Just because an island is deserted now, doesn’t mean it always was. In the case of Egmont Key, you can explore the remains of the incredible Fort Dade and imagine what the island must have been like when they first arrived.
Monkey Island at Florida Cracker Riverside Resort
Address: 5297 S. Cherokee Way., Homosassa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Some Florida islands already have residents, and while you can’t exactly move in to join them, you can kayak by and say hello. Florida Cracker Riverside Resort is home to the famous Monkey Island, inhabited by spider monkeys that you can watch from the restaurant.
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Address: 900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL
Why You Need To Go: What would a private island trip be like without the chance to hunt for seashells? At Stump Pass, there’s plenty of that and more, with mounds of shells covering the sands. Prime picking time is in winter, but this place is gorgeous year-round. Too bad you can't cash in your shells for some major bells at Nooks Cranny.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your switch and make your island getaway, except for real this time.
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