Florida is bathed daily with the perfect soundtrack: the roll and fall of surf, from the Gulf to the Atlantic, on sand as white as snow and as warm as cinnamon. There’s a reason commenters on Trip Advisor regularly rank the 825 miles of Florida beaches among the best in the world. Read on to find out which beach best suits your Florida-loving family!
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Siesta Key, a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, is a regular on any roster of best beaches in America and is a family favorite for its broad swath of sand, gentle Gulf surf, and numerous amenities.
St. Pete Beach
The 28 miles of Pinellas County beaches can rival those anywhere in America. The names appear regularly on annual best beaches lists: Fort De Soto, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island. They are natural beauties backed by tall, slim pines, popular destinations framed by beachfront neighborhoods and resort hotels and island residences of migratory birds.
Amelia Island is a family-friendly destination with a variety of resort accommodation options and adventures. Besides all the sand-castle building, wave-riding and kite-flying fun offered on the beach, kids will be excited to visit the Marine Welcome Center and Shrimping Museum and to take a fossil hunting tour with Amelia Island Shark Tooth Adventures.
Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park, once a plot of land destined for condos, was gifted to the people of Florida. From the state park website: “Hop in a kayak or lounge under an umbrella on the shore. Explore serene canals and lagoons that are favorite grazing spots for manatee and shorebirds. You may see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons.”
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Delray Beach is a first-class resort destination and a diverse, vibrant community situated on the Atlantic Ocean. A small and intimate town with big-city sophistication, Delray Beach was voted Most Fun Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. Delray's Atlantic Avenue, which runs through the center of town from I-95 to the ocean, is the longest main street in Florida.
Grayton Beach State Park is a 400-acre sliver of paradise featuring white-sand beaches, a rare coastal dune lake, and a wealth of nature. Its nature trail winds through a salt marsh, steep dunes and a coastal forest thick with twisted scrub oaks and magnolias. You’ll find it snuggled against the emerald-hued waters of the Gulf in Northwest Florida’s South Walton.
No matter where you go in Florida, there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Enjoy one of the beaches above for the entirety of your vacation, or plan a road trip and catch as many of them as you can! Start planning your vacation at VISITFLORIDA.com.