Buying a home in Florida is maybe one of the best decisions someone can make. It doesn’t matter if you’re here all year round or come down for just the winter time. For many, being a local resident means straying away from the major crowds and looking for hidden gems. Here’s a list of five treasures Florida’s coast has to offer.

Walkers Landing

Located in Amelia Island Plantation, a residential community, is one of the best sunset locations this sunshine state has to extend. Here you’ll find wooden swings and benches along the marsh that will give you a stunning view of the sun going down. An elegant but rustic lodge located near the dock can be rented out for weddings or other events.

No Name Pub

Big Pine Key, one of the islands that make up Key West, is where No Name Pub calls home. This pub originated as a bait and tackle shop in 1931. Five years later, they expanded to add on a bar, and the tradition of hanging dollar bills along the walls and ceiling began.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Over 5,400 acres in Vero Beach is a protected land full of lagoons and marshes. Many endangered species call Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge home, the very first area of land set aside by the government to protect the wildlife of Florida. The park offers a guided tour, or you can explore on your own. Some of the animals you may see are river otters, dolphins, bobcats, and manatees.

Historic Fishing Village

The unfamed peninsula of Cortez is where you can find the Historic Fishing Village. This 1920’s-style commercial fishing fleet is one of the last of its kind. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Star Fish Company to experience the freshest catch-of-the-day cuisine and enjoy a dockside, hole-in-the-wall atmosphere.

The Kampong Botanical Garden

Guarded by a tall red gate and many layers of exotic and rare plants is the botanical garden of Kampong, located in Coconut Grove. This garden spans over 11 acres and was once home to the infamous horticulturist, Dr. David Fairchild.