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The Ten Best Beaches in Florida

If you’re after a holiday of sun, sand, and salty water, the beaches in Florida have a lot to offer. For dreamy romantic getaways with your partner, or even adrenaline-filled days for young people to enjoy, there is plenty to enjoy, so I have compiled a list of the top ten beaches in the sunshine state for you to take your pick.

  • Siesta Key Beach. With its show on MTV, this famous beach has 8 miles of white quartz sand and beautiful, clear blue water for you to enjoy. This is not only considered one of the best beaches in Florida, but one of the best in the nation, due to its stunning beauty, and variety of dining, shops, and entertainment right on the beachfront for tourists to enjoy. At the south end of Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach, snorkellers want fantastic spots to spot sea life, hosting Florida’s famously rare variety of animals.
  • Palm Beach. Ranked as the 27th wealthiest place in the United States, with over 30 billionaires residing there, according to Forbes, Palm Beach is world-renowned for luxury. If you find yourself starstruck by celebrities, you may enjoy seeing some of them strolling the palm tree-lined shopping nirvana of Worth Avenue. The beach itself is tropical, clean, and hospitable, with water sports and spas readily available for you. 
  • Santa Rosa Beach. Located along Northwest Florida’s famous Emerald Coast, Santa Rosa offers luxury beach housing and elegant dining options. She is home to the Gulf Coast artist colony, making it a trendy place for creatives to visit. Not only is it a white-sand paradise, but it provides entrance to Point Washington State Forest, which offers three different trails of coastal scrub, wet prairie, longleaf pine Flatwoods, and swamplands. This is a fantastic way of adequately absorbing all of the nature that Florida has to offer.
  • Marco Island. Marco Island, the largest and only developed land of Florida’s ten thousand islands, is a short ride from the Florida everglades. You can expect to find luxurious resorts, unspoiled parks, and a tropical climate. While there certainly are options for luxury here, Marco Island also has camping facilities and activities such as shelling excursions and self-guided canoe trips. This island's history can be traced back to 500CE when the Calusa people owned the island. Many of their artifacts were discovered there and are now on display in different museums in Florida. 
  • South Beach, Miami. Contrasting sharply to the North beach in Miami, which caters well to families and young children, the South Beach indeed provides the funky, vibey atmosphere for anyone after nightlife that never stops. It is a cosmopolitan, glittering haven for rooftop bars, art deco buildings, trendy young people on roller skates, and fine oceanside dining. Overall, it earns a place on my list for being one of the most incredible places in Florida. Put it this way, tagging this location on Instagram is a guaranteed way to make your friends green with envy.
  • Sanibel Island. This island is renowned for its abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat. While relaxing on the beach, you can expect to see dolphins playing in the water, wading birds wandering around, and rare birds singing from the trees. The island is also home to the famous J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which provides 6000 acres of mangrove jungles and wetlands, where you can often see manatees, alligators, raccoons, and more. If you’re a nature lover, Sanibel Island is an absolute must-visit! 
  • Bahia Honda, Florida Keys. Bahia Honda actually gives you three beaches for the price of one! Sandspur, Calusa, and Loggerhead offer fantastic shorelines filled with rare wildlife. Loggerheads, in particular, are well known for the clear starscape visible at night, with the Milky Way visibly shining down onto its sand. This is a beautiful way to spend an evening while in Florida, away from any noise or light pollution. The State Park is home to over 150 species of flora, including some scarce plants, making it the perfect place for nature enthusiasts, walkers, or anyone to also pay a visit. 
  • Clearwater beach. With famously calm waters, clearwater beach is a white sand paradise for anyone wanting to have a go at stand up paddleboarding, jet skiing, or parasailing at any time of the year. The promenade that faces the beachfront is always filled with cyclists or roller-skaters, be it families, groups of friends, couples, or solo travelers. This is no isolated beach either, and there are countless beach-side restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffee shops only a stone's throw away from the sea itself.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach. The best way to describe Fort Lauderdale is a more peaceful alternative than Miami’s beaches. Since it is less crowded, it is the beach where you can sit and read a book without feeling surrounded by people. Despite this, Fort Lauderdale is constantly hosting events like World Ocean Month, which makes it well worth a visit.
  • Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island. This is a rare find and a special place to visit. With its famously high tides on windy days, the waves crash furiously against the limestone rocks, which is an awe-inspiring sight. It is possible to swim and snorkel in the water. However, many prefer to visit during stormier months to experience the height of the waves here. This is less recommended for young children as the rocks can be sharp. However, there are many accessible paths and parking, allowing you to properly explore everything this beach has to offer. 

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