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Five Great, Relatively Quiet Florida Beaches
Living near or having easy access to the beach is one of the top reasons that people want to retire in Florida. The state has 663 miles of beaches, and each beach has its own personality. Unfortunately, many cater to families, outdoor sports enthusiasts and young partiers. These are not always the beaches of choice for more mature folks, so here are five of Florida's best, relatively quiet beaches.
1) Along the Florida Panhandle, between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, Grayton Beach State Park consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. It is known for its amazing dunes and cerulean waters, and it is long enough that a quiet spot can usually be found. Surf fishing, sunbathing and swimming are the most popular activities.
There is also a nature trail that winds through a coastal forest with magnolias and scrub oaks. Visitors can rent kayaks for a relaxing paddle through the nearby saltwater marsh.
2) St. Andrews State Park is also along the Panhandle, just across the water from Panama City and close to lively Panama City Beach. It was once a military installation and has one and a half miles of beautiful white sand along the Gulf and Grand Lagoon. Favorite activities include fishing along two piers, shelling, birdwatching, SCUBA diving, snorkeling and canoeing. Both full service and primitive camping sites are available, making this a great spot to spend the night.
3) South of Sarasota on the Gulf Coast, Siesta Key has three beaches, Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach and Crescent Beach. All three boast linen-white sand, but the first two also attract families, drummers (there is a drum circle) and volleyball players.
Crescent Beach, though, has only one access road and feels like a private beach, with fewer people and some of the whitest, finest sand in Florida. The Point of Rocks at its southern end is rich in marine life and coral formations, making it the perfect place for snorkeling and diving. tropical beaches,fotolia,Hawaii,Oahu,travel destinations,trees,calm
4) Caladesi Island State Park is located on a 3.5 mile long barrier island near Tampa on the southwestern Gulf Coast and is only accessible by boat. Quiet, secluded and stunning, it is home to a wide variety of birds, everything from black skimmers to blue herons. The water is tantalizingly blue and clear, and the sunsets awe-inspiring.
Shells are in abundance, and there is a nature trail to explore. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also for rent. A public ferry travels to the park from the mainland, but the park is rarely crowded.
5) Situated on four keys south of Fort Myers on the southwestern Gulf Coast, Lovers Key State Park was once only accessible via boat. Legend says it was so secluded that only lovers ventured here.
Today, it is home to dolphins, manatees, marsh rabbits and 40 species of birds. The beach is two miles of sparkling white sand, caressed by gentle turquoise waters. There are also five miles of walking and bicycling trails, and canoes and kayaks are available for rent.
Peaceful, secluded Florida beaches are harder to come by than they used to be, but they have not disappeared completely. These five are worth checking out before they, too, become touristy and overcrowded.
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