There is a time and place for being the life of the party and vibing among crowds. But from time to time, some of us want to retire for a while to our sanctuary of sand, salt, and waves. If you crave some time to reconnect with yourself or if you value some privacy, these 9 secluded beaches in Florida are perfect for disconnecting from the busy world.
St. George Island State Park
Price: $6 per vehicle
Address: 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive St. George Island, FL
Why You Need To Go: It may be hard to believe, but there are still secluded beaches in Florida, and this state park has nine miles of them. St. George Island State Park is located on a barrier island, fronting historic Apalachicola Bay. The untouched paradise is filled with pristine waters and white sands, so spread a towel to sunbathe or go for a relaxing swim far from the madding crowd.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Price: $5 per vehicle
Address: 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. Palm Coast, FL
Why You Need To Go: This stunning Florida State Park has the most picturesque scenery, so if you live close to St. Augustine, you need to stop by Palm Coast. It is famous for the garden, but also the quiet beach full unique coquina rock formations. If you are a nature lover, this an ideal place to visit.
Address: 8919 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL
Why You Need To Go: This hidden gem is near Siesta Key, only an hour and 15 minutes away from Tampa. It has one of the most transparent waters you'll ever see, and if you visit it off-season, beach-goer traffic is pretty low. You'll practically have the beach for yourself! Well, you may have to share it with some nesting sea turtles.
Clam Pass Beach
Price: Free. $8 beach parking fee
Address: 465 Seagate Dr, Naples, FL
Why You Need To Go: Looking for a quiet and unique beach for a couple's getaway? Clam Pass Beach, near Naples, could be the answer you're looking for. This coastal paradise is one of Florida's best-kept secrets, and only because it's discrete, noiseless, and full of mangroves and wildlife, but also because there you can swim in the ocean and a stream at the same time. How cool!
Lovers Key State Park
Price: $8 per vehicle
Address: 8700 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: The beach at this State Park has an eerie and beautiful driftwood landscape you'll be able to discover. Its gorgeous scenery has turned this place into a favorite romantic destination, perfect for a couple's getaway.
Caladesi Island Park
Price: $6 per boat
Address: Offshore Island Dunedin, FL
Why You Need To Go: Located north of Clearwater and south of Tarpon Springs, Caladesi Island State Park's fine white sands and bluish-green waters will make you feel like you're in the Bahamas. The park is accessible only by boat, meaning the place is genuinely untouched. But don't worry, because there's a ferry service that can take you there for just $14 per adult.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Price: $2 per adult, $1 members, children 12 and under free
Address: 574 S Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL
Why You Need To Go: This place contains some of Florida's rarest environmental features. Instead of white sands, the coastline has the largest visible display of Anastasia Limestone across the east coast. Put it on your bucket list because you can't miss this gorgeous place.
Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island
Price: $5 an hour to park
Address: 1700 Bowman's Beach Road, Sanibel, FL
Why You Need To Go: Two words can perfectly define Bowman's Beach: Isolated and picturesque. All its beaches have won Sanibel Island the name of “The Shelling Capital of the World,” so it is time to explore and go shell-hunting in total privacy.
Canaveral National Seashore
Price:$20 per vehicle (starting January of 2020)
Address: S. Washington Ave, Titusville, FL
Why You Need To Go: This is a 140,000-acre wildlife refuge with enchanting secluded beaches. Located between Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach, at Canaveral National Seashore, you can go camping, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, surfing, and of course, swimming. If you get hungry, there's a place where you can catch your fresh seafood.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.