Two Florida Beaches near Crystal River

By: Lauren Tjaden


The Crystal River area is made for those who love the great outdoors.

Heralded as Florida's Nature Coast, it features shallow, grassy flats, an ideal place to snorkel and search for scallops in the summer months.  



It promises great fishing, numerous parks, preserves, springs and wildlife refuges—and it’s famous for its large manatee population.



But what you may not know is that it’s also home to two sandy beaches.

While these aren’t the typical Sunshine State beaches that stretch on as far as the eye can see, they nevertheless offer opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, or just kicking back. Read on to discover these hidden gems.


Fort Island Gulf Beach
16000 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River FL 34429


At the very end of Fort Island Trail, you’ll find this curved, 1,000-foot beach, far enough off-the-beaten path that you’re unlikely to stumble on it. It boasts a roped-off swimming area, and its waters and are calm and shallow, so your whole gang will be comfortable.

It offers covered pavilions and picnic tables; bring a packed lunch, or during the summer months, grab a bite from a vendor.

The park also features a boat ramp and dock accessibility, as well as a pier, where you can try out your fishing skills or just enjoy the views.

This is a free facility with ample parking. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Alfred McKethan Park / Pine Island Park
10840 Pine Island Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34607


A three-acre park nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, McKethan Park offers white, sandy shores that are perfect for sun worshippers. This palm-fringed island is located off of County Road 495, west of Weeki Wachee. Its amenities include a beach and swimming area, picnic tables, shelters, barbecue grills, an observation point, a volleyball court, a playground and a concession stand.

It also features great flats fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Make sure to stick around for the sunset: they tend to be spectacular.

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i need to know two areas of salt water in florida do you happen to know anything
Hi Alyssa,
Thanks for reaching out.
There are two main bodies of salt water in Florida. The Gulf of Mexico, which tends to have calm waters, borders the western and northwestern part of the state. The Atlantic Ocean borders the eastern part. It tends to have waves.
Let me know if this is what you were after or if you need something more specific.
Sunny regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA