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Best Florida Beaches Locals Want to Keep Secret

Reader's Digest Logo By Ana Connery of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 9: Named by Spanish explorers for its 'Deep Bay,' Bahia Honda State Park in Marathon is actually an island and home to three beaches nestled inside a 500-acre tropical sanctuary. Loggerhead Beach on the south side is home to a sandbar just offshore that's perfect for families. Rent a rustic waterside bungalow (read: no air conditioning) or book a campsite and unplug for a few days. Explore the park's shelly trails or slip on a mask and fin and snorkel just offshore. The calm water here is also perfect for both kayaking and paddle boarding. Read on for 12 of the best beaches in America.

While many of Florida's beaches are packed with tourists, if you want sugar-sand shores, warm water perfect for swimming, and Instagram-worthy views without the crowds, follow the locals to these best Florida beaches off-the-beaten-path.

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