Known as the “Sunshine State,” Florida is America’s playground. There are many fantastic attractions in Central Florida that draw huge crowds, but it’s the beautiful beaches that are the state’s star attractions. With over 1200 miles of coastline, the beaches are as diverse as America itself. Watch the sun rise over the blue-green Atlantic, surf the East Coast waves or watch the sunset over the tranquil Gulf Shores of the West Coast. There’s so much to see and do that will refresh you after even the most uncomfortable flight to Florida. So if you need a little more motivation to splash some cash and get your flights booked, check out these five great beaches to visit in the state of Florida.
#1 Daytona Beach Located about mid-point along Florida’s East Coast, Dayton is good for a really action-packed family oriented vacation. For those who like to surf, the variety of waves here can accommodate all skill levels. The area is a real tourist magnet and there is lots to do both day and night. It is also a good choice for those who would like to mix some educational activities in with their vacation. Daytona is only about an hour by car from the Kennedy Space Centre and the theme parks(Sea World, Epcot, Disney World)in Central Florida.
#2. Fort Lauderdale Beach Just to the north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale lurks in the shadow of its big sister city. Fort Lauderdale is less crowded, more family oriented and budget friendly than Miami. Nature lovers will appreciate the area for its Sawgrass recreational park with its alligators and airboat tours of the Florida Everglades. Everyone of all ages will enjoy the river cruise that tours the city.
#3. Miami Beach From the kid-friendly north area to the posh and swinging South Beach, Miami Beach is often called “America’s Riviera.” After a day or two on the beach, get ready and hit the museums and art galleries of Greater Miami. For an “almost trip to Cuba”, be sure to experience the amazing culture of Little Havana. If you love fine dining after a day on the beach, Miami is the place to be.
#4.Clearwater Beach Pristine Clearwater Beach has long had a reputation for being one of America’s very best. It is situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. There are plenty of beach-related activities such as para-sailing, scuba diving, dolphin tours and fishing boat rentals. Don’t miss going out to Pier 60 for a family-oriented celebration of the end of each day with a breathtaking sunset.
#5.Key West Key West is the piece of paradise located just off of Florida’s mainland that parrot head Jimmy Buffet sings about. Here lies the jewel of Florida’s most southerly point with sugary white sand surround by blue sky and sparkling water. Rent a bike and take the bike path that winds all around the area. Then rent snorkel gear or perhaps a glass-bottomed kayak for a true Florida beach experience.
Want to see more of Florida’s best beaches? This article from The Travel Channel lists ten, complete with imagery.