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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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This beach occupies one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast, and its a place for finding shells, sand dollars, gopher tortoises and, best of all, unadorned natural beauty. It reopened 14 months after severe damage from Hurricane Ian in 2022. Presently, it operates with limited facilities including portable restrooms.

Read More about Barefoot Beach, one of best beaches in America, is wild and wonderful

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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