For a state that is famous for its incredible coastal havens, Florida still has quite a few waterside destinations that are yet to be discovered by very many people. There are countless locales across the state that offer breathtaking views of the horizon, the gentle waves of the ocean, and the state’s famously tropical climate, and many of them are still hidden wonders.
The beaches of Southwest Florida are excellent places to enjoy a warm day under the sun, so here are a few of our most beautiful (and least well-known) hidden beach gems:
The home of the fantastic Boca Grande Club, this small barrier island in North Ft. Myers is a stunning collection of migrating wildlife, native flora, flawless beaches, and the ever-shining sun. It was named after the famed pirate Jose Gasper, and today it is well-known among residents for its excellent tarpon fishing. Plus, the surrounding waters are ripe with manatees, dolphins, pelicans, and osprey, giving this small island a connection with nature that can’t be matched.
The second barrier island on the list, this Gulf Coast haven was once only accessible by boat. Now, it’s one-fourth of a state park, and is visited and enjoyed daily by Southwest Florida residents. It’s home to a beautiful resort as well, making it a fabulous place to stay on an extended vacation, or simply for a weekend trip.
While the residents of Naples and Marco Island would probably prefer that this gorgeous beach stay a secret, it’s just too good to pass up. After a long walk, your efforts are rewarded with a secluded paradise of two untouched beaches, calm waters, and quiet isolation. There’s a lagoon included, so you can choose to either enjoy this small body of water or trek out to the fantastic Gulf access.