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Florida Gulf Coast Beach Towns To visit in February
- Englewood: Nestled along the coast, Englewood exudes old Florida charm. This quaint town is located south of much busier Siesta Key. Englewood boasts uncrowded beaches like Stump Pass Beach State Park that are perfect for enjoying peaceful walks and shell collecting.
- Venice: Known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” Venice offers more than just fossil hunting. Located near #1 Englewood, its Caspersen Beach remains uncrowded, inviting visitors to stroll along its shores and search for prehistoric treasures.
- Boca Grande: Embrace the relaxed vibe of Boca Grande, a small, mainly residential, picturesque island on Florida’s Southwest Coast, midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Gasparilla Island State Park Beach is ideal for unwinding and enjoying quiet moments by the sea.
- Manasota Key: This hidden gem is west of Englewood and offers several gorgeous low-key beaches, including Blind Pass Beach and Manasota Beach. You can soak up the sun without the hustle and bustle of larger tourist destinations. There are not many hotels on this island, but there are on the mainland.
- Casey Key: Casey Key is a narrow island that offers a tranquil location to decompress. Head to North Jetty Park for breathtaking views and a chance to watch dolphins play along the coast. Casey Key is off the Florida mainland from the town of Nokomis and is in the area of Sarasota beaches.
- Don Pedro Island State Park: Really want to get away from it all? Choose Don Pedro Island State Park. This Sunshine State park is accessible only by boat. Don Pedro Island State Park offers pristine beaches, nature trails, and abundant wildlife and marine life viewing opportunities.
- Caspersen Beach, Venice: Nearby Venice Beach attracts shark teeth and fossil hunters, while Caspersen Beach remains relatively undiscovered. Its serene shores are perfect for leisurely strolls and enjoying the quiet charm of this hidden stretch of coastline.
- Palm Island: Located on the same island as Don Pedro mentioned above, Palm Island is only accessible via private boat. Palm Island offers a peaceful vibe as you explore the uncrowded beaches, shell-covered shores, and enjoy the tranquility of the island.
- Turtle Beach, Siesta Key: Sometimes you just need to make a left or right turn to find the perfect spot to getaway. Turtle Beach is located on Siesta Key but is often overlooked in favor of the more popular Siesta Beach. Turtle Beach offers a serene alternative with fewer crowds. Truly a haven for relaxation, shelling, and enjoying the natural beauty of Siesta Key.
- Coquina Beach, Bradenton: Rounding out our top 10 list is Coquina Beach located in Bradenton which is just a bit north of Sarasota. Its soft sands, gentle waves, and fewer crowds, lulls you as you relax. Definitely a fantastic spot for a quiet, relaxing beach day.
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