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“Great view of the nature coast” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Island Gulf Beach

Fort Island Gulf Beach
Lecanto, Florida
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great view of the nature coast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you're looking for the "real" Florida, this is an excellent example. Lots of birds and wildlife to see - as well as fishing from the pier - but I would not recommend swimming. Normally is uncrowded and the sunsets are always spectacular (the nearby power plant is easy to ignore.) If you're looking for a typical beach with lots of sand, crystal clear water, and hundreds of sunbathers - this is not for you. Personally, the thought of the "ungroomed beach" and natural coastline is more enjoyable.

Visited May 2013
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West Side, Florida
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223 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Looking For A Florida Beach.... Keep Looking”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you are looking for a Florida beach, the real beaches are about 40 miles to the south. This area is called the Nature Coast. The Nature Coast consists of miles of (useless to humans) marsh land. Bird watchers and Birkenstock sandal purists may find this area comforting, but if beautiful sand, water, and people are what you are seeking, travel south to Clearwater or St Pete beaches.
There is a nice little hut that serves soft drinks and snacks. If you are a family, and just want the kids to experience salt water, Ft Island will likely work out well enough. At high tide, the water there is still just a few feet deep. A terrible beach for shelling, it's just sand and a boring / unremarkable view of the Gulf. Sunsets can of course be nice, but sunsets anywhere on Florida's west coast can be beautiful. If the no-see-ums are out, be prepared to be totally annoyed.

Visited March 2013
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Inverness, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Certainly no turquoise waters here !!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Muddy colored, murky waters, ungroomed beach, bacteria troubles known to shut beach down on a couple of occasions. Could be nice if waters and beach were cleaner

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Saranac Lake, New York
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Beautiful sunset over the gulf. The nearby powerplant is easy to ignor. Soft sand and a fishing/viewing pier. Not very big but uncrowded in March.

Visited March 2013
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Alligator Point, Florida
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197 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“small beach , no fishing.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

wanting to check out the beach(small) we are used to bigger beaches and wanted to fish(no fishing from beach). small fishing pier there where u can wet ur hook.water was pretty, seen schools of mullet and bait. NO one catching fish. water was still 63 degrees.

Visited March 2013
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