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5 Must-See Beaches on Florida's West Coast Map

If you are looking for a little rest and relaxation this summer, there isn't a better place to find this solitude than along Florida's West Coast. There are a number of ways to explore the Gulf coastline. You can pull out your Florida West Coast map or leave it at home for a blind adventure. Either way will provide you with stellar results, but if you like to plan a little bit you must check out these five must-see Florida beaches.

Clearwater Beach

It would be wrong not to begin this list with one of Florida's top destinations for U.S. travelers. Clearwater Beach, Florida is considered to be one of the finest beaches in the world. Its pristine white sandy beaches and cool, emerald green ocean views provide families lure families to this beach year round. There is plenty to do on these beaches. You can swim, sunbathe, get in a game of volleyball, or fish off one of the many public access piers.

Matlacha and Pine Islands

For couples who are looking for a lover's retreat, the secluded Matlacha and Pine Islands are the perfect solution. Get out your Florida West Coast map and head towards Fort Meyers Beach. Located just west of this favorite Florida beach you will find the tinier lesser known islands of Matlacha and Pine. Here you will find historic hotels, a thriving local art scene, amazing and fresh seafood restaurants as well as exciting outdoor activities like kayaking and, of course, premier fishing. These islands are designed for individuals who prefer their Florida getaways to focus on serenity, not over-the-top tourist gimmicks.

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Nature enthusiasts who are looking for a little adventure when scouring their Florida West Coast map may want to seriously consider Cabbage Key. The island is located west of Fort Meyers Beach in Pineland, Florida. Cabbage Key offers nature lovers endless hiking trails where you will be surrounded by lush, exotic vegetation.

Naples

Of course, there are U.S. travelers that prefer the touristy parts of Florida. In this case, look for the city of Naples on your Florida West Coast map. In all fairness, this part of Florida may not be as touristy as it is ritzy. If you are a traveler looking the glamorous side of Florida, look no farther than Naples. This area is comprised of gleaming beaches on one side and million dollar properties on the other. In fact, the area of Naples called Millionaire's Row says it all.

Cabagge Key

Nature enthusiasts who are looking for a little adventure when scouring their Florida West Coast map may want to seriously consider Cabbage Key. The island is located west of Fort Meyers Beach in Pineland, Florida. Cabbage Key offers nature lovers endless hiking trails where you will be surrounded by lush, exotic vegetation. Visit for the day or camp overnight. There are also quaint hotels nearby for travelers who prefer comfy beds instead of sleeping bags. If you like to fish or kayak, head to Cayo Costa State Park.

Pass-a-Grille

Pass-a-Grille is for the hipster traveler. This getaway along Florida's Gulf Coast is located near St. Petersburg. It is an energetic island that is no bigger than one block wide. But, if you are a traveler who prefers quirky shops and dining experiences to the average tourist fare then this beach town is ideal. You can't get any quirkier than a kayoga class. Yes, you guessed it; kayoga combines one's love for kayaking and yoga. Pass-a-Grille is definitely a must-see beach.

Florida's Gulf Coast offers adventure, seclusion, and endless exploration opportunities. Use your map to explore the bigger and popular beaches, but then ditch it to go off the beaten path for a day or two. You never know what you might find when you let Florida's Gulf Coast welcome you with open arms. Travelers who are open to new and exciting experiences that can be found along the Gulf Coast will come back from their vacation not only relaxed, but invigorated.

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