When representatives of Visit Natural North Florida speak at travel programs, we typically promote the truth that we have “no crowded beaches”. Thats partially real–– we have a few”pocket beaches “. And, theyre not crowded. Delighting in the sunshine at Keaton Beach If you have a look at a map of Florida, youll see that there are no barrier islands in between Hernando Countys Pine Island and Franklin Countys Dog Island, on our Gulf of Mexico coast. Barrier islands have white sand beaches; the coastline of Florida inside them have shorelines mostly made up of marsh turf and rock, hardly a place to romp in the Gulf waters. Hagens Cove, situated in a county park between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach, in Taylor County, has a shallow beach suitable for wading, sunbathing and swimming. There are, however, a few spots called “pocket beaches” scattered throughout the area. Of course, there are plenty of swimming opportunities at our springs and riverside parks, but if you require some salt, head to our Gulf coast. Cedar Key‘‘ s “pocket beach” is adjacent to the City Park “Pocket beaches” are brief and shallow, and while matched to wading instead of romping in crashing browse, theyre a great location to sunbathe and get your feet damp. And theyre not crowded! Here are a few for you to think about; —— Cedar Key: the little beach adjacent to the City Park or the beach off “G” Street —— Horseshoe Beach: regardless of the towns name, there is NO beach here !! —— Shired Island: the well-maintained county park, located off CR352 (the roadway to Horseshoe Beach) at the end of CR357 has swimming and camping centers —— Hagens Cove: located between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach, off CR361 is a popular shallow beach. ––-Keaton Beach: DOES HAVE A BEACH—— a brief one with lots of parking, bathrooms and an occasional food truck! Its at the Gulf, just through “town”.
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