Anclote KeyNew Port Richey, FL
Anclote Key is an amazing Island and its beauty was a complete shock to me. This one should definitely be on your list.
Anclote Key is located north of Tampa in the town of New Port Richey. It’s literally the last northern barrier island on the West Coast of Florida and is the northern most island in a spectacular chain of islands that include Caladesi and Honeymoon.
The diversity of this island is amazing. The beach along the Gulf is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in Florida. As you head north along the shoreline it gets even better because of the coastal hammock that serves as a beautiful backdrop. Also, you’ll notice small outcroppings of driftwood trees and small lagoons that make for perfect photographs. The northern tip has a great sandbar along the shoreline inside the pass and also has a white-sand, sandbar just beyond it.
Access to Anclote Key was made super easy by using Anclote River Park. Anclote River Park has a great boat ramp with plenty of parking. It costs $5/day to park there and seasonal passes can be purchased. The ramp conditions were nice and just about all the amenities you’d want were available on site. I did notice a pretty strong tidal current after I launched the boat so be aware of it as you launch or retrieve your boat.
Anclote Key is definitely one of my favorite places and I can’t wait to go back.
BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
Many, but we like the northern, gulf-side of the park because of the natural shoreline, weathered trees and desolate beach. Inside the northern tip is great also. Fantastic sandbar located there as well.
Anclote River Park
No (but there was a strong tide current at the boat ramp)
Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn
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