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10 Hidden Gem Beaches in Florida

It’s no secret that Florida has miles of pristine beaches with tranquil blue waters. In fact, there is an astounding 663 miles of shoreline that is just waiting for sun-seeking vacationers to dip their toes in the sand. If you’re looking to fully experience Florida’s natural beauty without all the tourists, head to one of these spectacularly quiet hidden gem beaches where you can enjoy pure bliss and relaxation.

Cayo Costa State Park, Captiva Cayo Costa State Park
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Cayo Costa State Park, Captiva

Cayo Costa is one of the only places in Florida that feels truly rustic and remote. Explore this barrier island and its breathtaking seven miles of peaceful beaches and you’ll feel like you found paradise. You can even enjoy beach camping at this spot.

*Due to Hurricane Ian, the park is currently closed.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin Caladesi Beach
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Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin

Three miles of pristine, unspoiled beaches – need we say more? Get away from the crowds at this quiet off the grid beach that feels like a deserted island, only 20 minutes by ferry and well worth the effort. If you’re a nature lover, it’s worth checking this top-rated state park in Florida off your bucket list.

Pass-A-Grille, St. Pete Beach Pass-A-Grille Beach, Florida
Credit: Pass-A-Grille Beach, Florida by Pass-A-Grille Beach

Pass-A-Grille, St. Pete Beach

Situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast and only minutes from the more popular St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille by contrast, is a local favorite where you will find white sandy beaches and laid back vibes without all the distractions.

Santa Rosa Beach Santa Rosa Beach
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Santa Rosa Beach

No need for a passport at this Caribbean-like beach on Florida’s Emerald Coast. One of Florida’s most overlooked beach towns, you can soak in the 26 miles of quartz crystal sand and emerald green waters. You might even re-think your departure date.

Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach
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Pensacola Beach

With crystal clear waters and sugary white sands, it is surprising to find such a postcard-worthy beach with light crowds. Spend a day at Pensacola Beach and appreciate the 52 miles of tranquil and protected seashore or explore one of the nearby Panhandle beaches.

St. George Island Sunrise over Gulf of Mexico on St George Island
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St. George Island

Situated in the often overlooked area of Florida’s Panhandle, St. George Island is a laid-back barrier island. It’s surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola Bay where you can find real rest and relaxation.

Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg Fort De Soto Beach
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Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg

Consistently ranking as one of the state’s top beaches, Fort De Soto has got all the stunning beauty of a Florida beach without the crowds. Perfect for shelling, swimming, or strolling, this sugary white sand will leave you mesmerized.

Boneyard Beach, Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville Boneyard Beach, Jacksonville
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Boneyard Beach, Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville

Truly one of the most unique beach areas you’ll find in Florida, Boneyard Beach in Big Talbot is a fascinating area to explore. Explore, photograph, and gawk at the salt-dusted oak and cedar tree skeletons alongside the untouched shorelines. One of the best times to visit this unique beach is at sunrise.

Indian Rocks Beach Indian Rocks Beach
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Indian Rocks Beach

A throwback to Old-Florida, Indian Rocks is an intimate beach with impressive views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Skip the crowds at Clearwater and come here to explore a gorgeous dune-lined coast all to yourself.

Playalinda Beach Canaveral National Seashore
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Playalinda Beach

Journey through one of Florida’s top wildlife refuges to reach a secluded Playalinda Beach, where you will be hard-pressed to find any buildings, traffic, or motorized water sports in its 24 miles of undisturbed coastline.

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