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Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has superb white sand, clear water and is ranked #8 in the US. The infrastructure is still being rebuilt after a 2022 hurricane, but that didn’t stop it from earning high rankings from Dr. Beach.

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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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