By Sandra Friend
These beach hikes offer an up-close look at natural Florida, with some prime places where you can enjoy a sunrise or sunset.
University of West Florida Dunes Preserve, Pensacola Beach
For 3.7 miles, the Florida Trail – the only National Scenic Trail to reach a beach – winds through mounds of sand, sparkling white as sugar, in this unique 150-acre preserve along CR 399 and at the eastern edge of Pensacola Beach. Enjoy quiet contemplation amid dune grasses, coastal marshes and wind-sculpted pines that meet between the calm waters of Santa Rosa Sound and the emerald hues of the Gulf of Mexico. CR 399 (3000 block of Via De Luna Drive)