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)
Hiking Trail, Little Talbot Island
3. Anastasia Island, St. Augustine Beach
4. Silver Palm Trail, Bahia Honda Key
5. Caspersen Beach Park, Venice
6. Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter Island
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