Best Beaches in Florida
By Dejan B.. Published on June 7, 2017
One of the first things that come to mind when we mention Florida are the amazing beaches. Everyone loves going on vacation and in case you are thinking about spending a week or two in the Sunshine State, here is a list of the best beaches in Florida.
Did you know that Destin was just a small fishing town that didn't attract that many people? Well, times have changed a lot and today Destin is famous for its white sandy beaches and welcomes thousands of tourists every week. When you get bored of chilling in the sun, jump on a fishing boat and spend a day looking for a catch. This area is also popular among golfers, as the nearby Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers 3 giant courses with 72 holes. Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the most popular activities here at Destin.
South Beach can be best described as a place to be seen, as there are many models and actors running around and hoping to get some sun tan. Some of the main activities include powerboat rides, jet skiing, and people-watching. With its art deco architecture, the area comes to life at night and there are hundreds of tourists passing by and having dinner at high-end restaurants. If you want to see a cruise ship depart from the Port Miami, go to the South Pointe Park.
Siesta Beach, Siesta Key
Well-known for its white sand made from quartz crystals, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key is located just a short drive away from downtown Sarasota. Travelers love this place because of its amazing sunset views over the Gulf and the crystal clear ocean water. What I like about the Siesta Beach is that it's not overcrowded with tourists on weekdays, so it's possible to get some peace and quiet. The locals are super friendly and there are plenty of cool restaurants in the town.
A small island town right between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne is full of palm trees, restaurants, art galleries, and several amazing beaches with white coral sand. Besides relaxing on the beach, you can check out the Cape Florida Lighthouse, go golfing at the Crandon Golf Course, interact and swim with dolphins at the famous Miami Seaquarium, or watch turtles hatch their eggs at the Crandon Park beach.
Panama City Beach
Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale were once home to the famous Spring Break parties, but each March Panama City Beach welcomes thousands of young people who are looking to go wild and have some fun. Of course, Panama City Beach is not just about partying and it attracts a number of families with children who like going to the Gulf World Marine Park. If you are into scuba diving, Panama City Beach has some of the best artificial reefs in the state.
Daytona Beach used to be a place where you can see cars racing on the beach and it's one of the few spots in the country where it is allowed to drive on the beach due to the hard-packed sand. It attracts millions of people yearly probably because of the main entertainment hub, also known as the Daytona's Boardwalk. Travelers can rent bikes and ride on the flat sand during the day and go for dinner at one of many restaurants in the area.
Located in Southwest Florida, Naples is famous for three things: luxury shopping, golf courses, and spectacular golden sand beaches. These beaches are some of the best that you can find in Florida and this is the main reason why people love to come here. Naples also has several lovely parks which are perfect for short strolls and picnics. Make sure to visit the Naples Pier that was built in the 19th century and see the amazing dolphins. The old downtown area is also worth visiting and features a number of galleries, cafes, and restaurants.
Canaveral National Seashore
If you wish to get away from the crowded beaches in the region, make sure to put Canaveral National Seashore on your list of must-visit places. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and located right between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, Canaveral National Seashore is home to hundreds of bird species and includes the largest natural beach Florida. Although there are some parts of the beach that can be reached only on foot, this is definitely a place worth going to because of its scenic beauty.
With its iconic white sand, Pensacola Beach is a great place to catch a killer sunset and spend some quality time just chilling in the sun. It is a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and features parts where visitors can find privacy and other parts where there is more civilization. If you happen to be here in mid-July, make sure to check out the air show of the Navy Blue Angels. It's not that every day you get a chance to watch an awesome air show from your lounge chair on the beach.