If you're tired of the snowbirds swooping in and hogging all the prime beach real estate, this secret slice of paradise hidden behind an enchanted forest of mangrove trees is the perfect place for you to soak up some sun away from the crowds.

Hidden behind the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Clam Pass Beach is a well-kept Florida secret. A boarded path weaves through a mangrove forest — which looks like a fairytale come to life — leading visitors to a shocking surprise at the end of the tree-lined tunnel. 

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At the end of your journey, you'll be greeted with an incredible view of the hidden beach, which sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The shallow water that trickles through the mangroves empties into the crystal clear ocean waters that lap up against the white, powder-soft sands. I'm sold. It's a truly unique experience that has to be seen to be believed. 

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Clam Pass Beach has no shortage of convenient accommodations too. Just because it's a hidden gem doesn't mean it lacks the comforts of Florida's more popular, well-known beaches. Visitors will be delighted to see a bungalow to the left on the boardwalk's end, complete with snack foods and beach gear rentals if you forgot to pack anything. 

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What makes Clam Pass so special is how safe the waters here are. The pass is shallow and acts more like a natural lazy river than a powerful force to be reckoned with. 

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For even more seclusion in this already remote location, take a swim up through the pass to the north shoreline. Miles of secluded sands are open to the public, so even when Clam Pass gets busier than you may like, you'll have the option to get farther away from society with this secret escape route. 

The boardwalk path through the trees is a great chance for Floridians to get acquainted with the impressive beauty of the mangrove tree. These trees are actually protected by the federal and state law due to their ability to prevent erosion. Thanks, trees. The roots also act as a home to fish and crustaceans. Visitors walking through the forest will get to see a ton of beautiful wildlife, such as butterflies, marine life, and coastal birds. 

If you'd rather skip the scenery and head straight for the beach, Clam Pass has a tram you can take for quicker access to the prize at the end of the tunnel. Load up your gear on the free tram and kick back while you whiz past the trees into the beautiful sunshiney haven that is Clam Pass Beach. 

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There's much more than meets the eye at this secret sanctuary. Whether you choose to dive right into the Gulf or create your own adventure, wading through the lazy river into mangrove-fringed lagoons, this place is the ultimate resort experience (minus the anxiety-inducing price tag). Shake your snowbird blues at Clam Pass this season and find the piece of paradise that's been missing in your life!

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