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13 Islands to explore in Florida

Florida

Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center.

Boca Chita Key
Boca Chita KeyBoca Chita Key, Islandia, FL, USA

Boca Chita Key is the island north of the upper Florida Keys in Biscayne National Park, Miami-Dade County, There is a beautiful lighthouse located in this island and a campground with picnic tables and saltwater toilets. Freshwater and electricity are not available in this island.

Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State ParkCaladesi Island State Park, Florida, USA

A three-mile nature trail, a marina, picnic pavilions, bathhouses, a park concession stand, and a beach is what you will encounter in Caladesi Island State Park. The Caladesi Island beach was listed as the best beach in United States by Dr. Beach in 2008.

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park12301 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA

Located on the coast of Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers 46,000 acres (190 km2).

Don Pedro Island State Park
Don Pedro Island State Park8450 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA

Don Pedro Island State Park is only accessible by boat and is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge
Egmont Key National Wildlife RefugeSt. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA

Located on Egmont Key, at the mouth of Tampa Bay, it can only be reached by boat or ferry. The Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade, a Spanish–American War era fort, are located in the park. The entire 328 acres (133 ha) island is actually part of Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge.

Gasparilla Island Water Association
Gasparilla Island Water Association5050 Linwood Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA

Gasparilla Island gets its name from the legendary pirate captain José Gaspar ("Gasparilla" 1756–1821), who had his base on the island and purportedly hid his fabulous treasure there.

Honeymoon Island State Park
Honeymoon Island State Park1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA

The park is 385 acres (1.6 km2) in land area with 2,400 acres (10 km2) submerged and 4 miles (6 km) of beach. Consistently receiving more than one million visitors each year, it is the most-visited state park in Florida.

Hutchinson Island
Hutchinson IslandHutchinson Island, Florida, USA

Known for beautiful beaches, nature preserves and parks. The two islands are separated by the Fort Pierce Inlet and are known as North Hutchinson Island and South Hutchinson Island. North Hutchinson Island is divided into two counties - Indian River County and St. Lucie County.

Jungle Island
Jungle Island1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, USA

Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle, is a relaunched eco-adventure park on Watson Island, Miami, Florida. The park features new pop-up waterslides, an outdoor wind tunnel flight experience, zip lines, escape rooms, a Nerf battle stadium and other attractions.

Little Gasparilla Island
Little Gasparilla IslandLittle Gasparilla Island, Florida, USA

Little Gasparilla Island is connected with Don Pedro Island to the north by a thin strip of beach and mangrove swamp.

Thousand Islands
Thousand IslandsThousand Islands, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA

A group of natural, modified, and spoiled islands in the Banana River Lagoon are known as the Thousand Islands. Florida acquired the Thousand Islands in 1988. It leased them back to Cocoa Beach in 1991 under the condition that they are used for recreation and conservation.

Virginia Key Beach Park

Virginia Key is an 863-acre barrier island in Miami, Florida. The island is mainly occupied by the Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade's Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Weedon Island Preserve
Weedon Island Preserve1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, USA

A 3,190 acre natural area predominately an estuarine preserve composed of upland and aquatic ecosystems such as mangrove forests, pine/scrubby flatwoods, and maritime hammock, and is home to a variety of native wildlife.

Map of Islands to explore in Florida