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Barefoot Beach Preserve

Barefoot Beach Preserve Review

This one is not exactly easy to find since it's accessible only by a quiet neighborhood road around the corner from buzzing Bonita Beach Park, but it's still well worth the trip if you're looking to commune with nature—and have some fun while you're at it. Shells here are bountiful, as are adorable gopher tortoises that may cross in front of your car. Stop by the nature center and see if you can join a ranger-led walk through the trails and gardens, or take up a paddle and go canoeing. There's no towel-jockeying here along the wide-open space (the preserve as a whole is 342 acres), and refreshments and beach rentals provide ample comfort while you unwind in the pristine sands. Amenities: parking (fee); food and drink; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: solitude; walking.

Updated: 05-17-2013

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