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Hidden gems: Reader’s Digest calls this Collier beach one of the best in Florida

Kendall Little | Naples Daily News

Popular magazine Reader’s Digest highlighted several South Florida beaches in a February article titled “15 Best Beaches in Florida Locals Want to Keep Secret.”

One Collier County beach made the cut: Tigertail Beach on Marco Island.

What did Reader’s Digest say about Tigertail Beach?
Best for: Swimming and bird-watching

After you park your car and start walking toward the water ahead of you, you might ask yourself: Is this the beach? It certainly is “a beach,” but what you see from the parking lot is actually just a huge lagoon, full of birds and tidal pools. And yes, plenty of people set up camp right there! But if you walk just a few minutes past the lagoon (sometimes, depending on the tide, you’ll have to wade through), you’ll get to the real star: three miles of soft, wide sand, fiddler crabs and beautiful migratory shorebirds.

The author, Liz Zack, also recommends watching the sunset and then

grabbing a bite to eat at Sami’s, a local favorite that serves Italian dishes.

What other Southwest Florida beaches were included?

  • Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel
  • Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
  • Turner Beach, Captiva
  • Lover’s Key State Park, near Fort Myers Beach

How Reader’s Digest chose its ‘Best Florida Beaches’

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