Florida’s Cultural Coast Overview & History
This Florida coastal section south of St. Petersburg is often considered part of the Sun Coast, but is actually properly referred to as the “Cultural Coast” (named for the haven it has become for artists and musicians). This legacy of the arts was brought to this area by well known families like the Ringlings who made the area their winter playground
This popular coastal area (though named for the arts), is equally well known for its lush tropical foliage, white sandy beaches, moderate climate and breathtaking sunsets. The natural tropical setting encountered here along Florida’s Gulf Coast provides an endless variety of outdoor activities. Some of the popular recreation in the Cultural Coast includes shell collecting, paddle-sports, biking, nature observation and enjoying the calm Gulf waters.
The Florida Cultural Coast provides visitors beautiful shoreline adventures without the crowds encountered on major metropolitan developed beaches. A short drive from Interstate 75 through the outlying area development provides access to a diverse array of beaches and coastal communities.
Anma Maria Island, Siesta Key, and Lido Key are just some of the familiar beaches in Florida’s Cultural Coast which have a reputation for unspoiled beauty and recreation that will not disappoint. Visitors to the area should also explore the pages within this section of Florida Nature Guide for other beaches in the area which are less known. Withn these pages, additional beaches are highlighted which though less known, are more natural in character, and will delight Cultural Coast visitors; providing memorable experiences for all.
Inland, the Myakka River State Park also provides both families and individuals with exceptional recreational opportunities to enjoy nature and provides the naturalist with adventures away from the beach. This Florida State Park is worth the trip for the Cultural Coast vistor who would like to explore some diverse ecosystems.