Mangrove trees and sea oats hem the beach's edge, creating a deserted-isle look you've only seen in movies. At Lovers Key State Park, just south of Fort Myers Beach, you may as well be secluded from the rest of Florida, especially in the midst of the off-season (May until November).
"This is America's beach," says a visitor from Michigan. "Just dig in with your shovel, and you know you'll find something." After scampering for the perfect shells, doze beneath the shade-giving mangroves.
If all that rest works up an appetite, try the Grilled Grouper Sandwich ($8.95) at Doc's Beach House, not too far away in Bonita Springs. Continue enjoying the Lee County sunshine at one of their tables right on the beach.