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While Florida’s beaches are praised throughout the country, there are three that stand out in the Florida Gulf Coast. For those seeking a private, intimate experience, Dog Island is about five miles from the mainland and is known as “The Island That Time Forgot.” Its white beaches and forests are yours to explore far from the crowds. The more adventurous set will like the mainland’s Blue Mountain Beach, which is known for its dunes and bike trails. If you’d like to stay here overnight, there are plenty of accommodations to choose from, including ‘60s-era beach cottages. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is an excellent location for nature lovers and families. This park is the only habitat of coastal sand pine scrub left and is known for the beauty of its sugar white sand.