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10 Most Beautiful Barrier Islands in Florida

With 1,197 miles of breathtaking coastline, Florida is full of picturesque island destinations for those seeking tropical sun and relaxation. While the Florida Keys typically gets the spotlight as the most popular island destination, there are an endless amount of hidden gem barrier islands that are charming, secluded, and remain blissfully untouched. Perfect for those seeking peace and tranquility, discover some of the most stunning barrier islands you can only find in the Sunshine State.

Shell Key Preserve  Shell Key Preserve
Credit: Shell Key Preserve by Pinellascounty.org

Shell Key Preserve

A 1,800-acre preserve, Shell Key is one of the most undeveloped barrier islands in the state. Here you’ll find a combination of seagrass beds, shorebird nesting, and beach activities perfect for an overnight camp or a day of exploring.

Treasure Island Treasure Island, FL
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Treasure Island

Situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Treasure Island is home to miles of breathtaking white sandy beaches that give off an Old Florida vibe. Perfect for a family vacation destination, enjoy this laid-back barrier island near St. Petersburg.

Caladesi Island Caladesi Island
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Caladesi Island

Standing as one of the few remaining unspoiled islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Caladesi is a State Park with white sandy beaches only accessible via ferry. Cast a line, spot wildlife, or kayak through mangroves on this quiet oasis.

Amelia Island Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island
Credit: Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island by Madison Y Photo/shutterstock.com

Amelia Island

Find complete serenity at Amelia Island, where pristine beaches sit alongside an array of charming B&B’s. Take a guided horseback ride on the shoreline and you might be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins in the tranquil waters or explore one of the other island attractions.

Santa Rosa Island Santa Rosa Beach
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Santa Rosa Island

Sugar white beaches and turquoise waters, Santa Rosa Island is a dream vacation destination and one of the best beach towns in Florida’s Panhandle. Located on the stunning Emerald Coast, you’ll find a unique combination of luxury beach houses with laid-back vibes.

Three Rooker Island Three Rooker Island
Credit: Three Rooker Island by Three Rooker Island

Three Rooker Island

Also known as Three Rooker Bar, this small barrier island has only emerged in the last decade. With its Caribbean blue waters and soft sugary sands, locals love to escape to this secluded barrier island for a day of fun.

Anastasia Island Anastasia State Park, Florida
Credit: Anastasia State Park, Florida by floridastateparks.org

Anastasia Island

Located near St. Augustine, Anastasia Island is home to Fort Matanzas National Monument and the 1,600-acre Anastasia State Park, one of Florida’s top parks. You can find complete solitude as you swim, kayak, or hike around this scenic and peaceful barrier island.

Perdido Key Perdido Key
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Perdido Key

Located between Pensacola and Alabama, Perdido Key is a State Park in Florida’s extreme northwest. Consisting of 16 miles of rolling white sand dunes and tranquil waters, Perdido is a secluded beach area nestled on the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Lido Key Lido Beach in Siesta Key
Credit: Lido Beach in Siesta Key by © Ruth Peterkin | Dreamstime.com

Lido Key

A barrier island just off the coast of Sarasota, Lido Key is known for ecotourism and out-of-this-world sunsets. Deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, and sailing are popular activities in addition to the shopping and dining at nearby St. Armands Circle.

Captiva Island Captiva Island
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Captiva Island

Located just north of Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Captiva is a magical slice of heaven where outdoor activities are king. Here you can bike, sail, bird watch, and relax on what feels like a world’s away from city life.

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