154 Best Beaches of Florida

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Long beaches, silky white sand, crystal clear waters – Florida has it all! Mix it with all kinds of entertainment, amazing food options, brilliant cocktail places and comfortable lodging with ocean view and you've got a perfect vacation for you and your family or friends. 

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Key West, Florida

Sand and rocks are mixed together, so be careful. Shallow and warm water but no lifeguard on duty. Snorkeling equipment and paddleboard rentals are available. No dogs.

Close to Key West city center
Key Biscayne, Florida
Close to Key Biscayne city center
Casey Key, Florida
3 mi from Casey Key city center
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Close to Fort Myers Beach city center
Captiva Island, Florida
Key Largo, Florida

A small recreation with well-kept facilities. Provides kayak rentals and boat tours. Shallow waters are great for kids. Tropical marine life is worthy to watch.

4 mi from Key Largo city center
Deerfield Beach, Florida

Popular tourist destination. All necessary facilities and a safeguard on duty. Shops, restaurants are within the walking distance. A fishing pier with benches.

Close to Deerfield Beach city center
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Spacious clean beach with scenic views. Many facilities are enough to spend here a whole day. Features covered boardwalks for strolling in the shade. Friendly staff.

3 mi from Fernandina Beach city center
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Fits all kinds of recreation. Alcoholic drinks are allowed. Look for signs. Free but limited parking. Offers grills, food vendors, water fountains and pavilions.

Close to Cocoa Beach city center
Islamorada, Florida

This beautiful place suits people of all ages and swimming abilities. Parking is limited and you have to wait sometimes. Features walking paths for wildlife watching.

9 mi from Islamorada city center
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Nice recreation place with a park right near the ocean. Newly paved parking lot. All the needed amenities. Swimming, picnicking, shelling, birdwatching are popular here.

Close to Cocoa Beach city center
Bradenton Beach, Florida

Awesome for surfing in winter season. Lack of amenities. Toilets, shops and bars are within a walking distance. Chances to see dolphins, manatees, pelicans or turtles.

Close to Bradenton Beach city center
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Tourist destination located in a scenic area ideal for watching space rocket launches. No entrance fee to the beach, but you have to pay for parking. ADA accessible.

3 mi from Cocoa Beach city center
Bonita Springs, Florida
5 mi from Bonita Springs city center
Nudist beach
Tierra Verde, Florida
4 mi from Tierra Verde city center
Wabasso Beach, Florida
Close to Wabasso Beach city center
Big Pine Key, Florida

Temporarily closed for restoration. closed for restoration. Otherwise, there are two award-winning beaches with free 24-hour Wi-Fi at the concession building.

6 mi from Big Pine Key city center
Anna Maria, Florida

Hidden gem with a rich wildlife. Opportunity to see dolphins, starfish, stingrays, sand dollars, crabs, and various birds. Strong currents make it risky for kids.

Close to Anna Maria city center
Indian River Shores, Florida
151 mi from Indian River Shores city center
Bonita Springs, Florida
4 mi from Bonita Springs city center
Panacea, Florida
8 mi from Panacea city center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Close to Fort Lauderdale city center
American Beach, Florida

Uncrowded spot full of history about African Americans. Well-kept. Features restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, some businesses, and homes in the district. Pet-friendly.

Close to American Beach city center
Sanibel, Florida
3 mi from Sanibel city center
Pompano Beach, Florida
Close to Pompano Beach city center

Beach Recreation in Florida

Skyscrapers on the seashore

Overview (How Many Beaches Are There in Florida?)

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and being the southernmost state in the United States, Florida boasts warm tropical climate and immediate proximity to the ocean – all parts of the state are either at the seaside or within a two-hour drive of it.

Florida’s long shoreline includes hundreds of miles of beaches, both public and private, for any taste and budget – from non-commercialized nude swimming holes to famous big-city beaches will well-maintained amenities to remote island getaways and premium resorts favored by celebrities.

There are quiet places for families featuring shallow swimming areas for kids; there are dedicated dog parks and beaches that allow bringing pets. Although Florida’s beaches are not like Caribbean ones, still there are several with clear turquoise and emerald-colored coastal waters – for the sheer joy of beach recreation in the Sunshine State.

Swimming, sunbathing, shelling, castle building, strolling, wildlife watching, and engaging in watersports – once you are on Florida’s seashore it’s going to be no problem to find an activity to suit your interests and current mood!

Grass on the beach

Weather Conditions

The warmest state in the country, Florida features a humid subtropical and tropical climate with hot summers and very mild winters. Florida rarely sees below freezing temperatures and snowfall, which is limited to the state’s farthest northern regions. From Miami on southward, mean temperatures in January are above 60°F, which is certainly not for soaking up the sun but still appropriate for a quick and energizing swim.

As for summers in Florida, they boast perfect conditions for a long and relaxing beach vacation – average temperatures in July are as high as about 90°F. No wonder, Florida is world-famous for its vacation-mode atmosphere and is home to a number of U.S. top beaches.

City beach and pier

Beach Locations (Where are the Best Beaches in Florida?)

Florida’s shoreline borders the Atlantic Ocean in the east, the Gulf of Mexico in the west, and the Straits of Florida in the south.

The Gulf Coast beaches are famous for their fantastic sunset views and well-developed tourist areas like Sarasota and Tampa Bay.

Beaches along the Atlantic coast tend to be less crowded and there are many spots popular with watersport enthusiasts and surfers among them. Some of the most popular destinations on the east coast are St. Augustine, with a variety of attractions, and West Palm Beach, with 47 miles of beaches.

As for the southern tip of the state, its top destinations include Bahia Honda State Park and Key West with its Caribbean feel and top-rated resorts. Snorkeling in these waters is going to become an unforgettable experience. Beaches in South Florida are also much favored by nature-lovers who come here to see dolphins playing in clear waters or sea turtles hatching in the nesting season (which is from March to October).

The word Florida written on the sand

Beach Conditions (What are the Best Beaches in Florida?)

In Florida, you can find any type of beach environment to satisfy your needs – from state parks with diverse flora and fauna and shady hike and bike trails (for example, Bahia Honda State Park with its spectacular Calusa Beach and Sandspur Beach) to crowded palm-fringed boardwalks with abundant tourist facilities in proximity to all kinds of big-city amenities (check out South Beach and Lummus Park in Miami Beach) to serene coasts in remote locations (like Dry Tortugas National Park or Sunset Key Cottages).

Some of Florida’s best beaches also offer a unique opportunity to watch space rocket launches (check out Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach).

If you are a big fan of spectacularly white sand, we would recommend you PCB Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, and Crystal Sands Beach as some of Florida’s nicest beaches in this category.

Finally, if you are looking for swimming spots that allow dogs, you and your furry friend will be welcome at PCB Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, James Lee Park Beach, Top Sail Beach State Preserve, Henderson Beach State Park and Pensacola Beach. Just don’t forget to check relevant information on their dog policies and – bring a waste bag to pick up after your four-legged friend while he or she is having fun in the water and sun!