Did you know that Keewaydin Island, an eight-mile long barrier island beach between Naples and Marco Island, was named one of the Top Ten Secret Beaches of the South by Southern Living magazine? It’s definitely worth a visit, but is only accessible by boat. Rent one, hire a captain or take one of the area sightseeing cruises that includes a stop on these beautiful white sands. Then prepare to fall in love with this tropical retreat. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget a sun hat and sunscreen. The beautiful shells will keep you searching for hours in between dips in the blue waters. You’ll think you’re on a tropical island far away. And it’s just a short boat ride past natural habitats, exotic birds and playful dolphins. A world away that’s not far away but right in your backyard.