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Anclote Key Preserve State Park is a historic site for boaters

Jun 01, 2020

The Anclote Key Preserve, located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, is only accessible by ferry service or boat. This historic island is home to a variety of bird species and a picturesque 1887 lighthouse at the southern end of the island. There are many activities for visitors, including swimming, sunbathing, grilling and primitive camping.

The park has nearly 12,000 acres of pristine gulf waters, so it truly is a boater's paradise. While camping on the island is primitive, and visitors must bring their provisions and water, the site is a lovely serene place for those wanting to enjoy nature. And there's plenty to see and do.

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Snorkeling
  • Birdwatching

Some say the area is ideal for fishing. Anglers boast catches of sea trout, snook, and redfish. Shell collecting along the beach is another favorite pastime for visitors of Anclote Key Preserve. Why not start a collection while visiting?

The island is home to around 43 species of bird, including bald eagles, piping plover, and the American oystercatcher. Visitors interested in birds need to bring binoculars and a camera to ensure they capture all the exciting birdwatching moments.

The clear blue waters make the perfect environment for snorkeling. The abundance of sea life living in and around the water will amaze anyone who takes time to explore the area. The beach is always a favorite for Anclote Key Reserve visitors. The sandy beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, or just relaxing and reading.

The historic lighthouse is a big attraction for visitors. The lighthouse's original purpose was to guide the ships headed toward Tarpon Springs and away from the shallow regions near the island.

The only way to get to Anclote Key is by boat or yacht. The Sea Ray 500 Sundancer is the perfect luxury vessel to safely and smoothly get you to Anclote Key Preserve. This yacht's sleek profile, long foredeck, makes it a fast cruiser. The boat performs well in both bay and open waters.

The Sea Ray 500 offers ample room for entertaining guests. The accommodations rival those of larger boats with two posh private staterooms, two full-sized heads, with separate stall showers. The Ultraleather, U-shaped sofa and wide-open salon create an inviting and relaxing area for lounging and enjoying a few drinks with friends.

This vessel's cherry wood trimmed galley with refrigerator, freezer, cooktop, and microwave, make it an ideal home on the water and a good boat for taking to a primitive island like Anclote Key Preserve. The yacht is powered by twin Detroit 6V92's to glide her safely across the water at a good speed. Once there, visitors can choose to sleep on the boat or give primitive camping a try.

Anclote Keys Preserve is an ideal location for any boat and boaters. Why not call today and inquire about visiting the area?

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