Florida can be compared to many things: the Amazon because of all the rain, Australia because of all the deadly critters, and even Africa with all the safari zones. There is one lush hidden paradise resembling that of an African plain that only locals seem to know about though. Key Vista Nature Park north of Tampa offers visitors a private beachy oasis along the Gulf Coast that remains largely undisturbed by humans.

When the tide is out an entire hidden wildlife ecosystem is unearthed. You will see tons of crabs, sea snails, fish, birds, and maybe some dolphins swimming near the shore. And it really can't get more African-like when we say don't forget the bug spray.

While some vacationers may take advantage of the barren shoreline for sun tanning, the beach isn't the best for those looking to swim. Waves here are minimal but the wet sand is more like mud and seaweed is often washed up. 

It's definitely more of a place you want to stroll around and enjoy nature at; so when bae says let's go for a long walk on the beach, put on your adventure hat because this should be a go-to spot. 

Additionally, there is a hidden 3-story observation tower perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset over the open ocean. 

The park is comprised of over 100 acres, with trails and boardwalks found throughout. The park connects directly to the Anclote Gulf Park, another sea-side jungle but with a dog park! 

Dogs are welcome to be walked on a leash at Key Vista, so if you want to go out and get some exercise with your furry friend this is a great choice. 

The park is open 7 days a week from dusk to dawn, but if you really want to experience the "African safari" vibes, the best time to visit is when the tide is low, so be sure to check an online schedule before you head out!

For more beachy things to do, check out this list of Florida adventures that'll make you feel like you're Indiana Jones and this beach near Tampa that has some of the brightest blue waters in all of the state. 

Key Vista Nature Park

Price: No parking or entrance fees!

When: daily dusk-dawn

Address: 2700 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday, FL 34691

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy one of Florida's most beautiful and least populated beaches. 


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.


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