Escape the Spring Break Crowds
Escape the Spring Break Crowds on your Florida vacation
If you’re looking for a quiet place in Florida during the Spring Break, far away from partying crowds and the college bash vacation scene, try these peaceful island escapes:
A hideaway for playwright and author Mary Roberts Rinehart in the 1930s, this 100-acre island still has the old Florida feel. There isn’t one car, nor a paved road for that matter! The original building, the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant, sits on top of a Calusa Indian shell mound more than 30 feet above sea level, offering a sweeping view of the Pine Sound. The only crowd you might find is at the Cabbage Key bar, a 60-year tradition for boaters. Kayak the Calusa blueway, hike the nature trails or relax. Make sure to eat the famous cheeseburger in paradise and tape a $1 bill onto the restaurant wall or ceiling, a tradition fishermen started in the 1940s.
The only way to stroll the four miles of Caladesi Island’s sandy beach is to reach it by boat or grab a ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park. It’s worth the effort as the island is a true natural escape – no condos on the skyline, no snack stands – only you, the sand, sun and water. Pack a picnic and stay the day! You can also walk the boardwalk trails that lead through sand dune habitat with sea oats and dune sunflowers or kayak a three-mile water route that leads through mangroves. Birders will be enthralled by ospreys flying overhead or American oystercatchers and black skimmers on the shoreline.
This Florida gem is a barrier island on the northeastern coast of Florida and a favorite vacation spot. Bordering costal Georgia, you’ll feel true southern hospitality at one of the plantation villas. Take a horse-carriage ride through downtown Fernandina Beach or a scenic Amelia Island River Cruise and tour the island and green salt marshes. With its crystal clear waters, long sandy beaches, the only crowds you might spot are shellers hunched over a find or golfers on the championship course.
What’s your favorite island getaway in Florida?