You'll feel like you're trekking through an African safari at this hidden beach near Tampa
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Traveling overseas is harder now than usual, but that doesn't mean you can't get lost in what feels like a far away land right here in the Sunshine State. From man-made exotic architectures to natural sprawling vistas and everything in between, there are so many exotic places in Florida that feel like another country.
Key Vista Nature Park in Pasco County is no exception--in fact, it might even go above and beyond your expectations. So grab your safari hat, you're going on an adventure!
Besides the miles of hiking trails, this coastal oasis hides a muddy shoreline that looks like it's straight out of an African safari during very low tides.
It's really the fresh vegetation and panoramic landscape views that give this spot its safari-like charm, and all the creatures you can find here are just an additional bonus.
From parrots --yes, wild flocks of parrots sometimes come to visit-- to starfish, horseshoe crabs, and more, the wildlife will give you every excuse you need to pretend you're on a tropical adventure -without the threat of hungry lions lurking in the bushes.
I do have to mention that as stated above, the best time to enjoy this kind of atmosphere is during very low tide. When the tide is too far inland, most of the shoreline disappears (and it's not much fun to walk through unless you don't mind slimy sand.)
That being said, however, if you find yourself here at the wrong time, get lost along the trails and let your mind wander to the Amazon rainforest instead. The possibility for otherworldly adventures here are endless.
âAnd if you really want to take in the sights, be sure to stop at the park's three-story observation tower.
There are two major plus sides to visiting this park: the beach here is usually sparsely populated and it's completely free to visit, including parking. An added bonus is that you can bring Fido too!
Do note that you will have to walk along a short trail to make it to the coastline --so perhaps leave the heavy beach chairs at home.
You can park either at Key Vista's parking lot, or at Ancole Park just down the road, and walk the boardwalk trail to Key Vista.
Happy exploring, and don't get too sunburnt!
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