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Twelve lovely and underestimated Florida Islands to be visited this year
When Sanibel Island and Key West give you a "been there, done that" response, get yourself prepared to detect other Florida's secret isles on our radars. Be it under the shadow of their more celebrated neighbours or if you haven't yet discovered them, these wonderful, underestimated Florida isles are well deserved.
Enchanting pasttel-coloured huts and palm-fringed roads form the picturesque Gasparilla Island. The Gasparilla Island State Park is home to the Gasparilla Island State Park, which provides snorkelling, diving and angling. It is called after the pirates José Gaspar, who supposedly used the island as a basis and refuge for his hidden treasures (which were never found).
The historical lighthouse of Port Boca Grande from 1890 is a must. North of the Florida Keys range is the John Pennekamp Coral reef state parc - the nation's first submarine reserve. Scuba diver will also take a look at the colourful Florida Red, the third biggest live barriere coral island in the parasail.
Linked to the town by the Rickenbacker Causeway, the Biscayne Bay has a 360-degree view of the Miami skies, a beacon and the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. Near the Georgian shore, the island of Amelia is a must for anyone visiting the sandy beaches and enchanting places.
It offers Vectorian architectural style, boutiques and a historical past. Once a stop for the pirate, it is also home to Florida's oldest pub - The Palace Saloon - and a spooky or two. From a technical point of view, it is not an island (as it is still connected to the Florida Penninsula at one point), but the Ponce Inlet, encircled by the rivers Halifax and Indian Rivers, which flow into the Atlantic Ocean, makes our shortlist for its shimmering blank sand and the historical beacon.
The Ponce de Leon lighthouse, constructed in the 1880' s, is the biggest in Florida and still in good condition. Anna Maria Island, on the Gulf of Mexico, is ideal for a quiet vacation. Not only does the island shine with its glittering sandy beach, but it is also a protected area full of pelican, seagull, crane, heron, ospreys, sandpiper and other birdlife.
Haven't you ever hear of Bahia Honda Key? It' one of the best kept Florida Keys mysteries. This small island is home to the Bahia Honda State Parc, with over 500 hectares of unspoiled countryside and wonderful secluded sandy shores with undisturbed ocean-view. People can camp or swim in the parks, kayak, snorkel and watch birds.
Situated in the north of Florida on the Gulf Coast, this barriere island is a tranquil haven with many animals and mussels several kilometres long. This island has stringent construction regulations that remove chains of buildings and scratches, so you can experience a tranquil, unspoilt environment, along with breathtaking gold sundowns.
Walk the Marco Island seafront to see dugongs and sea cows off the Gulf of Mexico. Although the island is littered with luxurious resort and many touristic sites, it offers natural walks and animal walks near the Florida Everglades. You can kayak through the mangrove, watch birds or even discover leopard paths by visiting the shelter.
Shaded by its renowned neighbour Sanibel Island, this underestimated island offers astonishing fauna and untouched virgin sand and shells. For a tranquil, relaxing and relaxing vacation, the island of postcards is home to the Chapel of St. Christopher by the Sea - just in case you want to burn out!