A sad reality of living in Florida is its beauty causes people to flock here - light pollution crowding our skies and blocking out those twinkling stars. Thankfully Florida is blessed with a few secluded areas that are perfect for stargazing. You may want to take a trip down to Turner Beach, where the stargazing is incredible.
The Salt Life is all about those stunning beach views - where the turquoise waves splash against our white sandy beaches on a sunny day. Turner Beach on Captiva Island is a fantastic place to live that Salt Life, with gorgeous spans of white sandy beach and turquoise waves grazing the coast - often praised for it's shelling.
However, it's equally as beautiful at night - maybe even more so. The beach will offer those highly coveted twinkling sky views. It's accessible enough that you can drive there, as it sits comfortably nestled closely to Blind Pass Bridge; however, it's secluded enough off the southeastern coast to give you those optimal night sky viewing conditions.
The long exposure photographs that you can get on this beach are seriously incredible. While you're admiring the sky yourself, set up your tripod, use that wide angle lens, and use long shutter times to capture the beauty of the sky to take home with you forever.
To park on the beach, it's $5 per hour - if you see yourself being a frequent Turner Beach and Sanibel goer, you can apply for a yearly parking permit for an annual fee.
Whether you go just once for the views or fall in love with the Sanibel coast, after visiting Turner Beach you'll leave with views of the sky you'll never forget.
Location: 17200 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
Hours: 6am-8pm; parking permit or payment of parking fees required.
Price: $5 per hour for parking, or possession of annual parking permit.
Why you need to go: Some of the most stunning beach views on the east coast, and breath-taking sky views known to man. Look up to the sky to admire twinkling stars by night, but you could also enjoy shelling, swimming, and snorkeling by day. Bring your camera and long exposure photography chops for the best photographs of the sky you'll ever take.
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