Fort Island Gulf Beach
Fort Island Gulf Beach is a family friendly beach with beautiful white powdery sand, restrooms, showers and ample parking, just 86 miles (138 km) north of Tampa, Florida. Unaffected by artificial illumination, the beach provides a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing. There is also boat ramp and dock accessibility, and opportunity to stroll along the beautiful boardwalk and observe some of the natural wildlife or bring tackle box and fish off the pier. Please keep in mind, however, that the beach closes to the public at 9:30 p.m. Camping is also not permitted, although there are plenty of resorts and other accommodations around the area. For more information, please visit online or call 352-527-7540 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.