Don Pedro Island State Park, Cape Haze

State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Don Pedro Island State Recreation Area is a State Park in the U.S. state of Florida. It is located on a stretch of Don Pedro Island, a 129-acre (0.52 km2) barrier island lying across the Intracoastal Waterway from Placida in Charlotte County, FL between Palm Island and Little Gasparilla Island. The park has mangrove forests, dunes and white beaches. Activities include swimming, sunbathing, shelling and viewing nature. Among the wildlife of the park are Loggerhead turtles. Amenities include beaches, docks, and picnic areas as well as guided nature talks and walks. The park is only accessible by boat and is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round. The easiest way to get there is Palm Island Transit. The location of the Palm Island Transit is 2000 Panama Blvd Englewood, FL 34224
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  • We rented kayaks from Hooked on SUP at Don Pedro State Park and received directions to a mangrove tunnel and lagoon. Before we left we spotted an ink fish in the water. We had never seen one...  more »
  • Lots of parking. Have now had two visits to canoe area and rented boards for the day. You can have a tour with a guide or rent on your own. Quite affordable.  more »
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  • Had a great time at this well kept secret park. The island is only accessed by ferry or kayak which can cause problems if it's a windy day since kayak rentals will be closed. The beach itself can be hard to find due to new, large residential areas being built- don't trust Google maps to get there since former open roads now end in gated private residences. My advice is to continue straight to the other side of the island from the ferry and walk the beach, or kayak around the island. Once you're there you'll be rewarded- more shells than I've ever seen on a beach and plenty of room to explore and relax. The gem may not be such a secret in the coming years though.
  • If you got a boat near Don Pedro this is a great place to visit for a few hours. It's got a covered area to eat and a bathroom. there are only about eight slips so this area is never crowded. there are no food vendors so you must bring your own snacks.
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