10 Best Secret Beaches in Florida
St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328
A truly unspoiled stretch of sand, St. George Island State Park occupies the far eastern end of St. George Island, a 22-mile barrier island off the coast of Apalachicola. You’re unlikely to encounter any other humans, but you will see plenty of migratory shore birds. Interesting fact: this area of Florida produces 90% of the Sunshine State’s oysters.
Greer Island/Beer Can Island
7001 Seabreeze Avenue, Longboat Key, FL 34228
The locals call it Beer Can Island, and it’s one of the best-kept secret stretches of sand at the northwestern-most tip of Longboat Key. Officially called Greer Island, the scenic beach is home to a collection of petrified tree trunks and driftwood. It’s a great spot to watch sunset.
951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145
Only accessible by boat, Keewaydin Island is an eight-mile-long uninhabited beach sanctuary off the coast of Naples near Marco Island. It’s also a protected nesting ground for Loggerhead sea turtles. The Hemingway Water Shuttle offers boat transportation with multiple pickup times leaving from Rose Marina in Marco Island.
Little Talbot Island
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Seven barrier islands make up the collection of Talbot Islands State Parks in Northeast Florida, and Little Talbot Island is an undeveloped haven that features five miles of sandy beaches. Located south of Amelia Island and north of Jacksonville, this hidden island paradise is an untouched natural wilderness that was first home to the Timucua Native Americans.
3070 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, FL 32084
One of St. Augustine’s best kept secrets, Vilano Beach is located north of the downtown historic district and Matanzas Inlet. With a heavier surf and steep drop-off, the beach is a great spot for surfing and skimboarding, especially when the tide is coming in. The Surfside Park access point is a popular place for horseback riding and 4x4 driving on the beach.
Big Hickory Island Preserve
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Located just south of popular Lovers Key State Park, Big Hickory Island Preserve is a lesser-known series of islands off the coast of Lee County and Bonita Springs. On the west side of New Pass Bridge, you’ll find a gorgeous stretch of sand. Or if you stay at Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa, there’s a scenic boat shuttle that takes guests to a private section of the island.
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Get ready to island-hop because that’s exactly what you’ll need to do to get to Munyon Island, part of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. It’s an undeveloped island located in the Lake Worth Lagoon Estuary in North Palm Beach. Only accessible by water, you can either rent kayaks at the state park or bring your own boat.
Deer Lake State Park
6350 E County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Anyone who’s cruised down popular 30A Highway knows how gorgeous the sugar sand beaches are in Northwest Florida. But there’s a chance you haven’t yet heard of Deer Lake State Park near Santa Rosa Beach. One of the area’s best-kept secrets, you’re not likely to encounter any other visitors along the undisturbed, quarter-mile dune boardwalk and beach.
2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
Only locals know about this hidden beach in the Florida Keys. Located on the island of Marathon, Sombrero Beach is near Mile Marker 50 on the Atlantic side. It’s a popular spot for Loggerhead turtle nesting, and if you need help finding it, pop into the Turtle Hospital, a non-profit organization that helps save endangered sea turtles and offers tours to the public.
Shell Key Reserve
801 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
A secluded getaway spot that’s only accessible by boat, Shell Key Reserve is an undeveloped barrier island located at the mouth of Tampa Bay. This beautiful white sand beach has been designated as one of the most important areas for shorebird nesting. Take the Shell Key Shuttle from St. Pete Beach and keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the surf.