Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Boulevard

For years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking and sunbathing. Black Island has over five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park's boat ramp. The park's concession offers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, beach chair and umbrella rentals. 


Rich Hutton

Thursday, June 21, 2018
The ranger here at the time I visited had a great attitude and was really nice. I needed to drop my girlfriend off at her car and had my jet ski in tow so asked if I didn’t have to pay and with a smile on his face and an exchange of a joke he let me through. I know it’s only minor but small positive things like that go a long way. Beautiful beaches, nice and quiet this time of year. Can’t ask for much more.

Todd Nolan

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Loved it, $8 to park, but that’s the norm. Maybe w loved it because of the manatee. Spent the entire day here. Wen kayaking, then walked to the beach. It’s only 1000 ft from the parking lot. No big deal. The water was a bit green, but it seems now on the west coast, everything is. Something about Lake Okeechobee.

Laura Hays

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
This is a wonderful park with so much to do. I have been here a few times, and done something different on each visit. This year, my friend and I rented a double kayak and paddled 3 miles of the estuary. We also had ridden our bikes, so we biked a couple of the nature trails as well. At a couple of the outlook stops on eagle trail we spied manatees and an alligator! This was a really neat way to see the beautiful nature of Florida.


Monday, June 11, 2018
Great beach on the gulf. Parking can get a little tough in season and it's a bit of a walk to the actual beach. There is a shuttle that runs from the parking lot to the far end of the beach for those who'd rather not walk. There are restrooms and a concession stand selling snacks as well as rentals for kayaks, bikes or other beach items. There is an admission fee.

Joseph Voytek

Monday, June 11, 2018
Our family rented kayaks for the day. Beautiful area and so much wildlife everywhere. Briefly saw some manatees on our way out. Double kayaks save you a little bit of money per person. Overall a great area to spend the day.

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