Tag: beach

Florida's dramatic sky at Tigertail Beach in Marco Island. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Beaches, Bike & Hike, Everglades, Funky, Kayak & Canoe, Southwest Florida, Unique eats

Off-the-beaten path in Marco Island: Go beyond your hotel pool

The beach town of Marco Island is all manicured and modern, but here are four adventures into the wild and authentic Florida that are within a quick drive. You can wade across a lagoon to a wild beach or have lunch in a funky fishing town or stroll on a boardwalk into a beautiful old growth cypress swamp.

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Kayaks on the beach at Cayo Costa
Beaches, Birding, Camping, Kayak & Canoe, Southwest Florida

At Cayo Costa State Park, you live your dreams of a private island

This wild island on the Gulf coast is never crowded — it’s too hard to get there. For those who drive to Pineland on Pine Island and then take the hour-long ferry to the state park, the rewards are many: Nine miles of perfect beaches, shaded jungle-like trails and wildlife that includes osprey nests, dolphins, stringrays and all sorts of bird and sea life.