Florida, the sunshine state, as it is fondly nicknamed because of its warm subtropical climate and vast stretches of sandy beaches, is a beach paradise. For a vacationer, it offers beaches that suit everyone's pocket and are perfect for everyone, i.e., for those who want to holiday alone, with friends, or with family. Here are some of the most popular beaches.
It is a great beach for couples as it offers a preview into the Latin-American lifestyle with its famed food, best martinis, music, and beautiful people. Here, one can laze around as well as shop to heart's content. All hotels and resorts are close to the beach. However, it is to be noted that, South Beach holiday can be an expensive affair.
It offers a wide range of entertainment, as it encompasses several other famous beaches like the Casino Beach, Opal Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, etc. Pensacola offers miles of shoreline and easy access to camping and hiking at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Kids love this beach as they can enjoy many parades like Fiesta of Five Flags, Mardi Gras, etc. For adults or loners who seek solitude, snorkeling and fishing options are available.
It is a cousin of the South Beach, but it's affordable. This beach is very global in its offerings as it caters to foodies with its international cuisines, peace seekers with its wide sandy beach and long boardwalks, art buffs with its Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and art parks, and the night birds with its fabulous night life. One can enjoy all these attractions at half the cost, as compared to many other tourist places.
It is suitable for families, as it is not only affordable but offers so many things that the family never gets bored. It is also considered as one of the best value beaches. Besides the beach fun, families can visit the Kennedy Space Center, Everglades, Disney World, or take off from the jetty or go deep fishing in the Atlantic. With an on-guard lifeguard facility, one can just soak up the sun and enjoy the sunset as well as swim without any worries.
Siesta Key Public Beach
It is renowned for its powdery white sand towards the north, and coarser sand in the south. Siesta Key offers 50 miles of canals and waterways, surfing, deep-sea trolling, prime fishing areas, etc., all year round. Another main beach along the Siesta Key coast is the Turtle Beach, famous for its nesting turtles.
Lee Island Coast
It is located along the Gulf of Mexico and is famous for shells. Its shell collection is famous not only with the locals but tourists from all over the world. The coast is lined up with beautiful shells in every possible color and hue one can imagine. The variety is amazing which includes scallops, clams, olives, fragile paper shells, etc.
Perdido Key Beach
Perdido Key Beach Dune habitat is home to native wildlife, which is found in abundance here. The waters are clear green and the sand is soft, white, and very fine. Perdido waters are perfect for water sports and sunbathing. The dunes add to the beauty of the beach. One can find lush vegetation all over the dunes, and their roots play a major role in holding the white sand and the plants down, and saves the sand from blowing or eroding.
With its spectacular sunsets and clean beaches, Clearwater is listed as the best beach to get married. So, any one planning a beach wedding must head to Clearwater. It is very family-friendly, as it offers many exciting recreational activities like Belleview Biltmore Resort Golf Academy, marine aquarium, jazz concerts, shopping malls, etc. The nightlife is also very active here.
St. George Island
Undeveloped, beautiful, and serene, this is what St. George Island is all about. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay, it has no high rise buildings, but just a few holiday homes that one can rest at to enjoy the quiet and peace. The waters are clear, so one can fish, collect shells, swim, or just take in the sights. Its undeveloped shoreline offers dunes, coves, salt marshes, and bay forest that can be enjoyed along the hiking trails, boardwalks, and observation areas.
Dayton Beach is world-famous for spring break and auto racing. The amazing thing is the racetrack, which is the beach itself ― 23 mile long and 500 feet wide. It is considered as a hotspot for kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, etc.
Besides the above listed beaches, there are more like New Smyrna Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Canaveral, Boynton Beach, etc. All are lined with beach resorts and hotels, where one can stay and enjoy the cuisine and sights.