Anclote Village Marina

Anclote Key Preserve State Park

With its four islands, Anclote Key is a breathtaking nature getaway.

Anclote Key Preserve State Park beckons, offering rolling waves, eclectic wildlife, and more than 40 bird species just a short boat ride from Anclote Village Marina. Anclote Key is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend your day swimming, sunbathing, or beachcombing along the pristine shores. Hike through maritime hammocks, explore the island’s diverse birdlife, or kayak in the tranquil waters. History buffs will be captivated by the iconic 1887 lighthouse, standing sentinel over the southern tip. For the adventurous, picture falling asleep under a blanket of stars and waking up to the sounds of the ocean.

Things to do at Anclote Key Preserve State Park

Island Activities

You could be on a secluded beach right now. Warm, crystal clear water lapping at your toes after a day of swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, hiking, birdwatching, and kayaking – what could be better?


Primitive camping is available. You might fall asleep under a blanket of stars a couple of hours after you shell along the secluded beaches or catch sea trout right from shore.

Equipment to Bring

When you visit the island it’s important to remember there are mostly no amenities or resources (there are two compostable toilets on Anclote Key). Be mindful to bring all of your food, water, and camping equipment during your stay. Pack out what you pack in.


Due to the preserve’s status as a nature haven, pets are not permitted on Anclote Key. Pets are allowed on the North Anclote Bar on six-foot leashes at all times.

Note: Ferries do not transport visitors for overnight camping.

Park GPS Coordinates

Location of Lighthouse: N 28°10.020 W 082°50.687

Set sail from Anclote Village Marina and make Anclote Key an important piece of your unforgettable Gulf Coast experience.