Florida is home to over 663 miles of beaches. Here are five of the top beaches to visit, stretching from the white sand of the Gulf Coast to the spectacular waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These destinations will supply all the surf and sun any beachgoer needs.
One of America’s Finest beaches (ranked #1 by Trip Advisor), Clearwater Beach’s gentle water and white sand attracts visitors from all over for some rest and relaxation. Swimming, Volleyball, Rollerblading and Biking are all available for vacationers to access. Spread along a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula in the Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach location also allows vacationers easy access to mainland museums, aquariums and theme parks.
This tiny retreat at the end of the Florida Keys offers a variety of exciting festivals, laid-back bars and fascinating people. Key West’s wide stretches of sugary sand and tranquil waters shows why Jimmy Buffett called it “Paradise”. One of the most popular spots to visit is Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Visitors can rent snorkel gear or a glass-bottom boat from the concession area and explore the Civil War-era fort. Visitors can venture inland to the Mallory Square shops or tour Ernest Hemingway’s old home.
Voted #1 beach in Florida by U.S. News Travel, Sanibel Island has some of the countries quietest and calmest shores for visitors. Sanibel Beach has earned the reputation as one of the “Shell Islands”. Best known as one of the prime spots in Florida to gather and collect shells in every shape and size. Bowman’s Beach and Blind Pass Beach are two of the most popular spots. Also, take a visit to the historic Lighthouse Park to observe the beckon that attracted visitors of old.
Siesta Key Beach
Located 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key attracts visitors and locals alike to watch the beautiful sunsets. Beach lovers travel from all over to take advantage of the soft white sand and tranquil Gulf waters. A perfect family vacation venue, with the vast beachside picnic areas and playgrounds. Siesta Key has also become famous for the “Drum Circle” on Sunday evening marking the end of a perfect week.
A Family-Friendly destination, Amelia Island is 13 miles of lush landscape, untouched beach and a laid-back atmosphere. Located northeast of Jacksonville, this relaxing beach vacation spot offers an old-world charm. Featuring Amelia Island State Park and Main Beach Park, horseback riding, picnic tables, volleyball courts and playgrounds offers everything a family could need.