This fun state has the perfect stretch of sand for everyone: couples looking for a romantic bay, families on a day out enjoying the seaside in Florida and watersports thrill-seekers…
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1. South Beach Miami
South Beach (SoBe) sums up Miami to tee – it’s trendy and quirky with a glittering nightlife. Chill out at the beach itself or take in South Beach’s historic Art Deco architecture.
South Beach also has a whimsical collection of colourful lifeguard huts – a definite must-see. It’s fun and totally unique to Miami.
2. Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is a favourite surf spot that hosts several surfing competitions. It’s fitting then, that Cocoa Beach is the home of the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop (the world’s largest surf shop, open 24 hours a day) and to world champion surfer Kelly Slater. Ride some waves and check out Cocoa Beach’s world-famous pier.
3. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater’s extra-wide powdery sands and its tranquil seas make it one of Florida’s most popular beaches. With plenty of watersports, cute Mom and Pop eateries and a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s the perfect vacation spot. When it comes to the best beaches in Florida, they don’t get much better than this.
4. Crystal Sands Beach
Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida, this beach is rightfully famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters. Crystal Sands Beach is also known for its for its adorable beach cottages in a rainbow of pastels.
5. Siesta Beach
Visit this eight-mile-long island the famous Siesta Key beach with quartz-crystal sand as white and soft as powdered sugar and turquoise waters. The sea life at Point of Rocks at the south end of Crescent Beach is ideal for snorkelers.
6. St. Augustine Beach
St. Augustine Beach is located on Anastasia Island where you can enjoy white sand beaches and those balmy Floridian waters. It’s a wide, open beach that stretches along for four miles. Stroll along Ocean Pier at sunset to fully appreciate its beauty.
7. Navarre Beach
On Florida’s Emerald Coast (between Destin and Pensacola) is a little-known secret. Navarre Beach is pure paradise, with 12 miles of pristine white shoreline. Sun on the beach, swim in emerald waters, enjoy a picnic in the park or pedal along a scenic bike path.