Cape Sable

Located at the southernmost point of the US mainland, one will find Florida’s Cape Sable. This coastal shoreline is known by many as the wildest and most remote beach in all of Florida and is a favored destination for those seeking Florida wilds distant from all civilization. The area is completely undeveloped and remains true to the original Florida character of the Everglades coast. The closest town is Flamingo in the Everglades, about 18 nautical miles distant by water, and lacking any roads, that is the only way you can get there.

This peninsula located in southwestern Florida, extends from the southeast toward the west and finally north to the Ponce de Leon Bay. It is part of the Everglades National Park and forms the southern and western boundaries of Whitewater Bay.

Three prominent destinations identified on Cape Sable include: East Cape, Middle Cape (also known as Palm Point), and Northwest Cape. The cape has many lakes and some magnificent beaches to explore for the adventurous. The largest lake on the cape is Lake Ingraham, which is long and narrow, extending from near East Cape to past Middle Cape a short distance from the coastline.

Nearly the full length of the cape facing Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico consists of a fine sand beach which extends about 100 yards from the shore. The balance of the Cape is characterized by prairie land close in which turns into a complex maze of marshes and mangrove covered outcrops. The diverse ecosystems and available fresh water provide an ideal habitat for wildlife in the area.

Aside from a few small Indian shell mounds and Spanish recorded reports of a Tequesta village on the peninsula, there is little evidence of any extensive settlement of Cape Sable by humans. Historic records indicate any existing native population settlements were destroyed during the Seminole Wars of the mid-1800s.

For more detail about this area, please check the Cape Sable post from Florida Adventuring:

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