Getting away from the madding crowd to the isolated, white-sanded, and budget-friendly Florida beaches is a dream come true for beach enthusiasts. What better way to spend your vacation than in the slow-paced, tranquil setting of beaches that few people have ever heard of? Many of these beaches have fewer visitors due to their remote locations as well as their lack of the many facilities found on the more popular beaches.
They make up for this lack with what their visitors most desire — a peaceful ambiance and an unspoiled natural environment, with teeming wildlife, innumerable seashells, and alluring sunsets. Park your beach chair anywhere you want and relax in solitude. You can even camp overnight at some of these beaches and watch the ocean under the starlight.
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Drive through a wildlife refuge that is home to manatees, bald eagles, and loggerhead turtles to reach this peaceful section of the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. Playlinda Beach’s 24-mile shoreline is untouched by human development. Listen to the rushing waves, watch the swooping birds, and go surfing.
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Caladesi Island State Park
You will have to take a boat or the Caladesi Island Ferry to reach the extensive grassy plains, mangroves, and nature trails of the Caladesi Island State Park. Given the remote location, expect to spend an entire day here. You can walk, collect seashells, swim, hire a kayak, or hire a beach chair and umbrella and have a picnic while you take in the beautiful views.
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Indian Rocks Beach
Situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, this white-sanded beach is a popular weekend getaway. Visit nature parks, go on boat tours, enjoy a water park with 42-foot slides, and learn about the area’s history at the Indian Rocks Historical Museum. The area has plenty of good accommodations to fit your budget, but you should book your hotel in advance.
If you want to relax and sunbathe, this beach offers a long, deserted stretch. You will get all the solitude you want, as there are no buildings and the crowds usually flock to the shops, restaurants, and the more active atmosphere of the nearby St. Pete Beach.
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Take a ferry to this remote, 7-mile-long beach and spend your day sunbathing, swimming, and looking for the tulip-shaped Junonia shells that the beach is famous for. If you want to stay overnight, you can camp on the beach.
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The seven islands that make up Dry Tortugas are a paradise for nesting birds and bird-watchers. There is a colorful coral reef teeming with beautiful coral and fish varieties. The remote location makes camping on site inevitable, and you must bring in your own water and food supplies. You can sunbathe on the sand, explore the beach and collect seashells, snorkel around the coral reef, and visit the historic Fort Jefferson.
Enjoy the natural calm and charm of these pristine beaches, and come away soothed and refreshed.