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Anclote Key from the air, looking northwest out over the Gulf of Mexico

Anclote Key is an island off the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located at 28°11'16"N, 82°50'44"W near Tarpon Springs. Its name originates from the Spanish term for "anchor."[1] The island is accessible only by boat and is split between Anclote Key Preserve State Park and Anclote National Wildlife Reserve. The island contains mangrove wetlands, coastal pine flatwoods, and beaches. A large number of shorebirds nest and breed on Anclote Key and the surrounding islands.[2] The historical Anclote Keys Light is situated on the island.[1]


  1. ^ a b Anclote Key Lighthouse Page. "History". Retrieved 2008-02-09.  
  2. ^ Florida State Parks (2007). "Anclote Key Preserve State Park". Retrieved 2008-02-09.  

Coordinates: 28°11′16″N 82°50′44″W / 28.18778°N 82.84556°W / 28.18778; -82.84556


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