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No muss, no fuss: Three quiet(er) beaches near Lakeland, FL

Avoid the crowds at these quiet beaches.


Sunset Beach...Literally. | Image via @mr_porges

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Hey Siri, play “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett. We all love a beach day, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of popular beaches such as Clearwater isn’t exactly the vibe we’re going for. Check out our three recommendations for a quieter oceanside visit.

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve | 1 hour and 20 minutes from Lakeland


Apollo Beach Nature Preserve from the Observation Deck | Image via @thedadmode

One of the closest public beaches to Swan City, the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is 63 acres, with 2 of those acres reserved for visitors looking to picnic or sunbathe. Visitors can check out an observation deck with wheelchair access, nature trails, and the option to shoreline fish.

Anna Maria Island, FL | 1 hour and 30 minutes from Lakeland


Anna Maria Island | Image via @thefloridabeachbum

Anna Maria Island (or AMI) is an alternative to overcrowded beaches and offers public access ranging from Bradenton Beach to Manatee Public Beach. Plus, there’s so much to do. If you’re not too keen on sitting in the sand, consider biking the island, which is 7 miles long. Pro tip: If you choose to visit AMI, be sure to get to the public beach access early as parking can get a bit tight.

Treasure Island, FL | 1 hour and 46 minutes from Lakeland


Sunset Beach on Treasure Island | Image via @katelynpschur

Treasure Island’s Sunset Beach is a quieter option than its popular counterpart, St. Pete Beach. The area is mostly residential, leaving little room for bustling beach hotels and party crowds. And, if you’re in the mood for a meal, Caddy’s Treasure Island (9000 W. Gulf Blvd.) is a 2-minute walk from the beach.

Is your favorite quiet beach not on our list? While we’re sure you’re keen to keep it to yourself, write us a message in a bottle and brag about your go-to spot.

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