Sand Key, Florida, Attractions

Sand Key, Florida, Attractions
Sand Key is a small barrier island (one mile wide) near the city of Clearwater, Florida, on the western side of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to Clearwater by a bridge. Sand Key has large, sandy beaches, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an array of water sports, dolphin sightings and fishing. Sand Key is part of the Florida Artificial Reef program, enhancing marine life and preventing beach erosion.

Sand Key Park

Sand Key Park is a public park featuring a beach and a park. The park features a nature trail through the salt marsh where protected bird species such as the roseate spoonbill, great horned owl and heron nest. The beach is also home to nesting sea turtles, and the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nests there. Dogs have their own park but are not permitted on the beach.

Municipal Marina

Clearwater Municipal Marina is close to Sand Key and is located on the causeway between Sand Key. The marina is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep sea sport fishing, dive excursions and parasailing are available at the marina. A tug, "The Sheridan" was sunk off the coast of Clearwater as a diving attraction. Dolphin spotting tours are also available.

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

The wild bird sanctuary is one of the best bird rehabilitation hospitals in the world. The goal is rehabilitate wild birds and release them back into the environment. One their major successes has been the breeding the brown pelican and re-establishing the bird back into the wild. The sanctuary is an open-air aviary on the beach. It is a photographer's paradise due the wide and unusual variety of birds.

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