When it comes to Southwest Florida, you may think that our world-famous beaches are what it’s all about. At the same time, however, there’s much more to our area than just those popular destinations. While stops like Siesta Key are very much worth checking out, there’s a few more I recommend that are a bit off the beaten path. In addition to absolutely affordable and beautiful real estate in Southwest Florida, we also have these hidden natural treasures. And when you own a home here, you’ll get to enjoy each one.
Corkscrew Sanctuary for Unique Southwest Florida
Just south of Fort Myers, there’s a sanctuary that has something really amazing in it. But let me tell you, Corkscrew’s boardwalk, which runs through the park, is a lot of fun. When you walk down it, you’ll discover wildlife and tons of stunning plants. But one thing makes this natural treasure very special is the super-rare ghost orchid. Featured in the book The Orchid Thief, and later a movie, this flower is only seen in Florida deep in the Everglades. Yet, in recent years, one large cluster was discovered within eyesight of the Corkscrew boardwalk. Now, it’s not blooming all the time, but you can check the park page regularly for updates. And let me tell you, you want to see this unique site!
Kayo Costa for Untouched Beauty
Outside of Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida, there’s an island. And it’s not just any island. In fact, it’s a pristine retreat from the modern world. Kayo Costa has 9 miles of gorgeous beaches which are only accessible by boat. When you visit, you’ll see manatees, dolphins, birds, turtles, and much more. The park also offers primitive camping that gets you away from it all. For you outdoor lovers, this natural treasure makes living in here totally worth it. And if you don’t have a boat, that’s okay too. Captiva Cruises provides ferry services to the island as well. Just make sure to leave it as pristine as you found it!
The Mineral Springs for Truly Off-the-Beaten Path
Never heard of the warm mineral springs outside of Sarasota? That’s okay! Many locals aren’t even aware of this hidden natural treasure. As the only warm water spring in Florida, this spot has a reputation as a bit of a natural health spa. The spring itself is wonderful, and once in a while (they say once a decade), the waters turn nearly gin-clear. I recommend visiting this one when the weather starts to cool, as those months will be the best for the warm waters. But you’ll thank me once you’ve seen how amazing this one is!
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