Shell Key named one of the “best secret beaches” in the US

Shell Key is stunning. I once took an Island Ferry Cruise to the beach and enjoyed an afternoon wandering the gorgeous landscape. The route to the island was filled with leaping dolphins, gorgeous water crystalline views, and a refreshing sea breeze. The amalgamtion of shells that seem to double as works of art also help give the aptly named island its charm. surveyed 3,000 adults in the United States across ages, genders, and geography. It’s no surprise to see Florida so well represented on the list.


“The beach at Shell Key Preserve in Florida is a beautiful and secluded stretch of pristine white sand, bordered by clear turquoise waters and lush vegetation,” writes Rose Ackermann for Family Destination Guide. “The beach is unspoiled and natural, with no development or buildings, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere.”

Exploring Shell Key Preserve in beautiful Tampa Bay

Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or simply strolling along the shore, taking in the breathtaking scenery and listening to the sound of the waves. The beach is also a nesting ground for sea turtles, making it an important conservation area.


Shell Key Preserve is an 1,800-acre preserve located on Shell Key in Tierra Verde, Pinellas County. The preserve protects sensitive marine habitats and includes one of the county’s largest undeveloped barrier islands as well as numerous mangrove islands and expansive sea grass beds.

In case you hadn’t heard, nearby Caladesi Island was also named one of the best beaches in America by Dr. Beach. Want to see more white sand destinations in the Sunshine State? Here’s a quick guide to the best beaches in Florida, according to US News and World Report.

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