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Lovers Key Beach has Sand Dollars and Star Fish

June 27th, 2014 2:02 PM by Tammy Vaughn

One main reason I enjoy living in the  Punta Gorda area, is the wide variety of beaches that are a short distance away, to the North and to the South!  The waves breaking on the shore may look similar from beach to beach, but each beach has obvious differences. Some beaches offer more of a touristy environment, with lots of shopping, hotels, bed and breakfasts, tiki bars and restaurants, while other beaches offer the beauty of an untouched natural setting with plenty of wildlife.  One can appreciate the raw beauty and serenity these beaches have to offer.  Lovers Key is one of the more natural beaches located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County.

Last weekend I ventured out  to Lovers Key and was reminded why I love where I live... I posted some pictures of the trip on my website  click on Pictures of Area Attractions.  A friend  was out to the Island a week earlier and found starfish and sand dollars, at low tide, about four feet out.  These are the largest starfish I have seen.. pretty amazing!

In the past, Lovers Key was accessible by boat only and it has been said that only lovers traveled to the island to appreciate the quiet solitude of the beach. Now, Lovers Key makes up one of four barrier islands within the state park, which is a home for  wildlife, such as West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The beach is two miles long, and accessible by a boardwalk or tram to get to the South side of the island.

Until next time... Stay Warm!

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Posted by Tammy Vaughn on June 27th, 2014 2:02 PM

I enjoyed your writing about the beaches in the area. You are a good journalist. More beaches for me to roam, sounds like a good move. Thanks Tammy.
Posted by Suzanne Deere on June 28th, 2014 8:57 PM

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