Tigertail Beach has a distinct split personality. You pay $8 to park and come to a clean and well-kept park with changing rooms, a first-rate snack bar, a great playground and a concession stand that rents kayaks, stand up paddleboards and other beach gear. This developed part of the park faces onto a salt-water lagoon.
Cross the lagoon, however, and you leave development behind. Sand Dollar Island is three miles of beach with soft white sand, sand dollars and a myriad of shells, dolphins swimming off-shore, ospreys soaring overhead and so many shore birds that it’s a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail.