Cedar Key Florida beaches, though small, offer an entirely unique environment, where the vegetation and wildlife populations are rich and prosperous. Quaint and fairly quiet, the Cedar Key beach is a perfect destination for a picnic and shell hunting. Much of the island’s coastal areas are grass or marsh up to the sea waters in the gulf, making the shores a plethora of landscapes, from sandy beach to soggy marsh, all beautiful and charming and definitely worth an adventurous exploration, or at the very least, a glimpse. The pier offers an excellent opportunity for fishing, strolling, and photographing the birds and scenery. Along the coastal boardwalk, shops provide a variety of shopping opportunities, from shell crafts to jewelry to clothing.
Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge & McCrary Cove
Among the least celebrated, but no less significant, Florida Gulf Coast wildlife refuges is the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge. Spread out over 13 tiny islands in the gulf waters, the refuge has only two that are large enough to accommodate visitors, Atsena Otie Key and Sea Horse Key; this is a definite must see and do for nature lovers and bird watchers who are visiting the area. The intrigue of an island reserve is enough to draw many visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of Florida’s unique environment. Set out from McCrary Cove for a relaxing morning, afternoon, or all day jaunt through the gulf coast waters to the breathtaking archipelago wildlife and nature refuge of Cedar Key.