Florida Beach Vacations
Why choose a beach vacation in Florida? One good reason is because anywhere you go in Florida, you’re always near the beach! Florida is also easy to get to, the temperature is delightful all year round, it offers good value for your money and that’s just for starters. So whether you are looking for a family vacation, a romantic vacation, a relaxing vacation or getting in some golf time, there is a Florida beach vacation area for you.
Best Florida Beach Areas for Families
Siesta Public Beach
Siesta Public Beach in Sarasota makes a great family beach. Here you will find gradual slopes, shallow waters, lifeguards on duty, fine white sand and calm waters. It has won several awards for best beach based on sand, water quality and facilities. These facilities include playground, concession stands, picnic areas, rest rooms, trails tennis and volleyball courts. If you are into collecting shells, try Turtle Beach, at the south end of the island.
Tampa Bay Area – St. Petes/Clearwater
Located on the West Coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa Bay area is a waterfront heaven! Endless miles of white sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast offer unlimited options for a fun and relaxing vacation. When you need a break from the surf and sand, there are plenty of nearby activities to keep children amused including the Lowry Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Florida Aquarium.
Just one hour away from Orlando and with twenty-three miles of sparkling white sandy beaches and beautiful blue-green waters Daytona makes the best beach for family fun. It is up to 500 feet wide at low tide and is perfect for cycling, fishing, castle building, jogging or just relaxing in the sun. The Atlantic Ocean is perfect for swimming, especially during the spring and summer when water temperatures range from 74 to 80 degrees.
Best Florida Beach Areas for Romance
A Miami romantic vacation has everything from relaxing on the beach by day and dancing by night. On South Beach you will a great option of art deco and other interesting hotels. The Everglades National Park is just around the corner and you can take a Scenic Boat Tour to see plenty of wildlife, including alligators. There is plenty of dance clubs and relaxing jazz bars you can choose for the night as well as many shopping areas.
Marco Island is located at the southern tip of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast at the western entrance to Everglades National Park. The island is a real beauty surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and natural wilderness on the other. There are miles of white-sand beaches, outdoor activities, dining, lavish real estate, shopping, nightlife and lots of attractions. Your recreation choices can include swimming, sunbathing, fishing, golf, tennis, and more. There you can enjoy the subtropical ambience that exists in Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Cocoa Beach has beautiful sandy beaches and a great pier that is available for fishing, dining & dancing. There is a large promenade leading to the beach, perfect for romantic walks with an observation deck overlooking the ocean. While you’re on the Space Coast you can visit the Kennedy Space Center, go deep-sea fishing, take a river tour, surf, windsurf, rent a jet ski or even play golf. At night there is lots of nightlife and award winning dining for you to enjoy.
Best Florida Beach Areas for Relaxing
New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach is a laid-back beach town without the crowds, noise or pollution, perfect for a relaxing beach experience. Although the northern beach is accessible to cars, the majority is traffic free, allowing for peaceful sunbathing and strolls along the beach. The architecture and the atmosphere of New Smyrna give a nice small town feel. On the beach there are only low-rise buildings with accommodations ranging from bed and breakfast inns to oceanfront motels and family-size condominiums.
Punta Gorda is located approximately 30 miles north of Fort Myers. Here you will find many waterfronts and a very nice riverfront beach area. Punta Gorda is a great place to get away from the crowds while you can take pleasure in fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and walking in the woods. The town has street art, water views and many fine shops and restaurants.
Sanibel Island is among the unique barrier islands of the world, having an east-west orientation when most islands are north south. This gives the island great sandy beaches with plenty of shells. You should check out Bowman’s Beach for peace and quiet, a hotel free zone. You can park and walk over a bridge to an isolated white beach. There are also barbecue grills in the area that makes it a great spot to have a picnic and enjoy the beach.
Best Florida Beach Areas for Golf
Sarasota is a sophisticated resort town near the Gulf of Mexico. The beach of Sarasota has 35 miles of fine, pure, sparkling white sand. If we include the surrounding cities of Venice and Bradenton there are 52 golf courses for every level of ability. 32 courses in Sarasota and 20 in the surroundings will give you a lot of choice making the whole area the perfect Golf vacation!
In Jacksonville you will find lots of beaches to enjoy and lots of nearby state parks to explore. For golfers there are over 25 golf courses in the area. Several championship golf courses are located nearby; many of which are ranked among the top in the country offering challenges for players of every skill level, ranging from top ocean side resorts to popular courses.
Naples, located on a stretch of southwest Florida, has seven miles of silky, white sand beach that overlooks the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy a wonderful sunset in front of the beach or dive in the vast options of shopping and dining the area offers. There are of course dozens of excellent golf courses in Naples. From May through October, the golf courses are less crowded and you can pick your tee time and be assured of a relaxed round. Also, many private courses are open to the public during these months.
These are just some examples of some of the great beaches located along the shores of Florida. There are many more out there you can explore and can fill your beach vacation needs all year round. So, what are you waiting for? Book a flight to Miami and discover the possibilities Florida has to offer!