As I had mentioned in our Clearwater Beach blog, Florida has multiple 'hidden' gems and Anclote Key Preserve State Park is one of those. In this travel blog, I'm quickly going to touch base on this incredible little island & why you should hop on a ferry and check it out.
If you are looking for another hidden gem in Florida that is often overlooked and not hardly known about... then you must add Anclote Key Preserve State Park to your list of things to do in Florida. In this travel blog, we are going to give you all the information necessary to getting to this incredible spot, plus a little more.
In our latest YouTube videos, we took you out in the Ocean on Floridas West Coast, showing you around Clearwater Beach (read or watch)... where the locals go on Honeymoon Island and now... a little further North to Tarpon Springs, near Anclote Key. To see some drone footage of Anclote Key, check out our friends 2 minute video here or watch ours to the end.
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Unfortunately (and fortunately... for the preservation), you cannot simply just drive to Anclote Key. It is actually off the coastline of Tarpon Springs Florida, by about 3 miles. The only way to get to Anclote Key is by water vessel. Most likely, if you are visiting Florida and don't have personal means to a boat, jet ski, or kayak, you will need to rent one or hop on a chartered vessel. The specific coordinates for the Lighthouse are N 2810.020 W 08250.687 if you are looking for this Key by yourself.
Here's a few companies that we found in the area that offer a ride to the Natural Preserve.
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A few things we thought you might be curious about and would like to know a little bit more about...
Yes!! You can camp on the northern part of Anclote Key... but there is a catch... you have to have your own water vessel to do so. The Charters will not drop you off... unless maybe you can hire a private boat and talk them into picking you back up?? Oh.. and you have to bring your OWN camping gear.
There is no charge to gain access onto the island, only the price to catch a ferry/charter to the island (essentially your transportation) if you don't have the means to gain access by your own vessel
The island has nearly 12,000 acres of pure lush greens, an incredible beach, LOTS of birds, and a cool Lighthouse at the Southern point of the Island (coordinates of Lighthouse: N 2810.020 W 08250.687). Due to the massive amount of birds and nesting season, there is a section of the island that is closed from May to August. Also, if you like shelling, bring a bag because there are a lot to choose from... just leave the live ones alone 😉👍
You can bring your four legged 'child' to the island, but they are only allowed on the Northern part of the island and they must be on a leash.
There is NO running water nor services on this island (with exception to the two compostable toilets, one on the northern point & one near the Lighthouse)... so be prepared with your own food and water, prior to your visit!
QUICK TIP: The water is clearest when there is little to no wind, make sure to check the hourly weather and specifically pull up the wind speeds... trust me, it makes a HUGE difference, especially if you are snorkeling
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