Activities at Anclote Key

A view of two speedboats on the edge of the water along the beach.

Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs are four sandy beaches that make up Anclote Key Preserve State Park. Only accessible by ferry or private boat, Anclote Key is an island-lover’s paradise.

Visitors can spend the day at the beach catching waves, building sand castles and relaxing in the sun. Grills, picnic tables and pavilions are available for picnicking use.

If a break from the beach is needed, other activities are readily available. A forest located in the park provides shelter and food for migrating birds, making this a great place for bird watching. Visitors can often catch a glimpse of eagles nesting and ospreys searching the water for fish. If you would like to try your own hand at fishing, sheepshead, redfish and seatrout can often be found in the seagrass beds just offshore of the islands.

When visiting the islands of Anclote Key Preserve State Park, feel free to stay a while.

  • Primitive camping is available in designated areas.
  • Remember to bring fresh drinking water with you, as there is not any on the islands.