Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and go to the beach. So, on those days, when you want it to just be you and the sand and water...where do you go?
In our 'taste and see Southwest Florida' beach week list for today... Come see the top four beaches for peace and quiet.
Do you hear that?
That's the sound of relaxation.
No crowds, no traffic...just quiet.
Our search for the top 4 beaches in Southwest Florida for peace and quiet, starts in Cayo Costa.
If the driftwood doesn't give it away, maybe the fact that you had to take a boat or a ferry to even get to this beach, did. Cayo Costa is nine miles of unspoiled gulf beach, surrounded by wild mangroves and flats. Known for its shelling and camping, not to mention the wildlife, it's about as isolated as you can get.
Just north of there, on Gasparilla Island, is Boca Grande.
Here, everybody talks about the white sand, the blue-green water and the quiet. It's not easy to get to. From Fort Myers you have to cross three bridges but the drive is worth it because when you get here, the beach is rarely crowded and feels lightyears away from the shops and restaurants you find downtown.
CLAM PASS PARK
Of all the beaches in Naples, Clam Pass Park may be the best kept secret.
Like all our quiet beaches, just getting here is an adventure. You walk or drive through a mangrove forest to get to the bright white sand, and instantly, you feel transformed to another place. It's not complete isolation, there are kayak rentals and you can buy food here; but you'll also have your space...and your peace.
There's a similar vibe, just north, toward Fort Myers at Lovers Key.
Here, you have to take a tram or walk about a quarter mile from where you park, to get to the beach. But once you're there it's just you and the waves. There are no homes or buildings, aside from a snack shop; just vegetation, that great sand and the occasional wedding...it is lovers key!