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Florida’s Hidden Gems

Added: Jun 07, 2017
Category: Activities & Things to Do

While most travelers visit Florida for attractions like Universal Studio, Disney World and Miami, there are numerous hidden gems in Florida that shouldn’t go unnoticed on your visit.
Florida is located on the Southeastern side of the United States, sharing borders with Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. You can find Florida’s hidden treasures anywhere on the breathtaking sandy beaches, in wildlife preserves and in vibrant cities that offer rich Caribbean and Latin American cultures.

Save your time, and have a look at our list of Florida’s hidden gems.

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island State Park is located at an island in the Gulf of Mexico. To reach this mystical place, rent a private boat or take a passenger ferry from the Honeymoon Island. If you are at the Clearwater Beach, then simply walk to the Caladesi Islands. Its beach has been rated as the America’s Best Beach in 2008. Enjoy a panoramic view from the top of Rangers Station or go hiking on the three-mile natural trail that passes through bay and mangroves. Take your family and friends along, as you can also participate in a variety of activities like bird watching, beach bathing, snorkeling, kayaking, etc.

Bahia Honda State Park

Covering an area of 500 acres of land, Bahia State Park features an offshore island with white sand and a beautiful historic bridge that is perfect to watch Florida’s glistening sunset. Bahia Honda State Park has two award-winning beaches, including a mile long Sandspur Beach towards the north and Calusa Beach just next to the park. It has 80 campsites and three furnished duplex cabins for accommodating a total of 18 people. It is a perfect destination for fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, bicycling and swimming. The Park hosts seasonal programs and guided tours upon request.

Blowing Rocks Preserve

If you are tired of sandy beaches and desire to be close to nature, then Blowing Rocks Preserve is your destination. Opened in 1969 for tourists, it is located at the tip of Indian River Lagoon, the crazy waves of which smash on the Preserve’s hard rocks. It boasts the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping making it a delight for tourists.

You will find protected animals and plants here, including coastal strand, beach dune, mangrove swamp, healthy sea grass, endangered Florida manatee, blue claw crab, sea turtles and a large variety of small marine creatures.

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