Blue gulf waters lap gently upon the preserve's beautiful four mile long beach. A picturesque 1887 federal lighthouse stands sentinel on the southern end of the island while osprey nest in the tall pines found throughout the island. Six distinct biological communities provide habitat for dozens of species of bird life including the rare red cockaded woodpecker, bald eagle and piping plover. Endangered sea turtles are seen occasionally. Anclote Key is an excellent swimming and nature-study site. However, due to its remoteness, visitors must plan ahead by bringing all water and supplies and then carrying all litter home.