Deserted Island Day Trips

Want to play castaway for a day? From the Caribbean to California, these nine islands offer pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.

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Don Pedro Island State Park
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Don Pedro Island State Park

Part of the Gulf Coast barrier islands, Don Pedro lies near the more popular Gasparilla Island. Eleven nature trails weave past giant leather ferns on 225 acres, where you can fish off the dock for flounder, snook, and trout.

Be sure to: Look for endangered gopher tortoises while beachcombing.

How to get there: By private boat, or take the Grande Tours ferry service in Placida; 941/697-8825 or For more info, call 850/245-2157 or visit

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