Are you looking for turquoise waters, white sand, and amazing beach resorts in Florida? There is no shortage of astonishing beaches to give you indelible travel experience.
I visited Florida with my family in the month of May this year. As there are so many beautiful beaches, I was looking for the best Florida beach for families so my family can enjoy to the fullest. On consulting the hotel staff in which we were staying, I came to know that Florida has three best family beaches. They also told me that Florida has beaches for every type of travelers such as for sporty individuals, dog lovers (who never leave their pup alone at home), couples and more.
If you’re also planning to visit Florida, don’t forget to explore these Florida beaches.
Best Family Beaches in Florida
Panama City Beach
Several family-friendly happenings!
We decided to visit Panama City Beach in northwest Florida. It’s 27 miles of exotic white-sand beach fronting the quiet and clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There is something for everyone including top-rated restaurants for families, eco-adventure activities, exciting water sports, and lovely attractions. What I liked the most about Panama City Beach is that there is a Pier Park, which has a million square feet of entertainment and shopping spots. Also, the event calendar of the city is always filled with family-friendly events. Enjoyed a lot!
Impressive cleanliness and Pier 60!
I loved the Clearwater beach for its stunning white sand and shallow, clear water. Though you can find this sugar-white sand at various other areas in the Gulf. Then what makes the Clearwater Beach unique from others; it’s the cleanliness! I was really amazed to see how well the city is maintained. There is always a festival-like environment at Pier 60 where you’ll find street performers, local artists, and musicians entertaining the crowd. Bungee jumping and large inflatable water slides were great fun.
Moreover, it’s pedestrian-friendly. Whether you’re heading to this beach via a car, water taxi, or trolley from any direction (north or south), you’ll not face any difficulty reaching there.
Best beach boardwalks in the US!
This is another recommended beach. Located between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood is popular for the striking beaches. The Hollywood Beach Boardwalk stretches approximately 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The Travel + Leisure magazine says that Hollywood beach boardwalk is one of the best beach boardwalks in America. This terracotta-colored thoroughfare invites pedestrians, bicyclists, and joggers.
Furthermore, the promenade has a children’s water playground, Hollywood beach theatre, and other gorgeous attractions.
Best Dog-friendly Beaches in Florida
Brohard Beach and Paw Park
Keeps the dog and their master entertained!
If you’re a dog lover and never leaves your furry friend home alone, then you should head to Brohard Beach and Paw Park, where you and your pup can enjoy to the fullest. It is the only beach spot in Sarasota where dogs can play freely. It opens at 7 a.m. daily and closes in the evening. It’s a great picnic spot too as it has picnic tables, benches, and drinking fountains. Also, you have a great opportunity to see wildlife and birds.
Your dog deserves a vacation too!
Considered as the Florida beaches’ crown jewel on the Gulf coast, the Pensacola beach is a picture-perfect vacation spot for you and your four-legged friend. With a number of pet-friendly accommodations and dog parks, beaches, paths to walk, and explore, the Pensacola Bay Area offers ample opportunities to dog lovers to give their pets a chance to leave their own paw marks on the sandy area. Return home with lots of memories and pictures! The beautiful sand and clear water with dolphins attract thousands of visitors every year.
Fort DeSoto Park and Dog Beach
Let your furry friend enjoy the beach waters!
Allow your dog cool off in the beach water and run freely on the sand at Forte De Soto Park that has a designated beach for dogs in the south of St. Petersburg. There is also a fenced dog park with showers so, your furry buddy won’t bring sand in your car.
Best Florida Beaches for Active Travelers
Get the best shore view!
The Daytona Beach area accommodates sandy and slightly sloped beaches, which means there are some of the best spots to learn surfing. Consequently, surf camps led by professional surfing instructors can be found there. Some of them include Mimi Munro Surf Camps, Daytona Beach Surfing School, and Surfari Surf Lessons and camp. This is a great place for those who love water surfing. You can witness the best view of the shore by kayaking, parasailing, and jet skiing.
Siesta Key Beach
Cruise, hop between islands, and go parasailing!
With blue waters and white sand at beaches, there is nothing that would make your holiday any less joyful. Spend the entire day at the beach and you’ll witness the spectacular sunset view. There is also a number of water activities that you can try out on the Siesta Key area.
Simply rent a boat and enjoy your cruise to Siesta Key beach, Bradenton beach, Lido beach, and Longboat key. Island hopping will add fun to your vacation. Love adventurous activities? Go jet skiing or parasailing.
Adventure + Amusement=Miami Beach Area
The beaches in the Miami area cover a larger area- primarily Florida’s southeastern-most corner area to offer the best sporty beaches. Virginia Beach lets you windsurf and rent super-light seaplane. If you want to sail, must visit the Hobie beach in Key Biscayne. It’s also dog-friendly and has showers and restrooms.
Having an offshore sandbar, the Crandon Park Beach is a perfect swimming spot. Additionally, it offers you facilities to enjoy picnic there. The proximity of the Crandon Amusement Center allows you to keep yourself entertained throughout your visit to Miami.
Best Florida Beaches for Couples
West Palm Beach
A complete romantic retreat!
Surprise your loved one with the Sunshine State vacation! Spend the day at the West Palm Beach, explore the distinct culture of the city, and fall in love again. Discover Palm Beach County from the top. The Jupiter Inlet lighthouse offers remarkable views of the Intracoastal waterway from the bottom. Couples should not miss the Sunset Tour. After you see the sunset over the water, you’ll watch the Jupiter Light brightening the night sky.
Complete your romantic getaway by having a candlelit dinner at Table 427. A superb Mexican Cuisine is offered at this restaurant. Take a couples Spa Package at Kaffee’s Garden Spa to reconnect and relax during your romantic retreat.
Sunset Celebration at the historic pier!
The most romantic part of a Naples getaway is the beach. Whether you both are heading for a morning walk, a midday swim, or to watch the phenomenal sunset into the Gulf waters, the beaches of Naples won’t disappoint you and will surely give cherished moments.
The Bonita Springs and Marco Island area has sun-kissed, white-sand beaches. It is one of the best romantic spots in Naples. Just some steps from downtown old Naples, there is Naples Municipal Beach and Pier, which completes your romantic vacation with a sunset celebration.
Superb Honeymoon resorts!
Sanibel is one of the most romantic beaches in Florida. Situated on the southwest Gulf Coast in Florida, the gorgeous Sanibel island beach is an ideal destination for newly-wed couples who are looking for a perfect honeymoon spot. You’ll be impressed with the quality and service of your accommodation at the resorts and will surely plan a comeback.
Couples can ride bicycles and discover the lovely streets or make an independent trip in the inland waters by renting a kayak. The stunning sunset over the Gulf Coast of Florida is something not to be missed. This is one of the best shelling beaches in Florida.
What are the places to stay on the beach in Florida?
When planning a Florida holiday, many tourists choose a rental home for staying: a cool breach house, charming cottage, or contemporary condo, possibly. There are numerous accommodations online, which are reviewed by the visitors just like you and me. These reviews provide a clear picture of the quality and services of the rental home that helps us in booking the right one.
I generally book my accommodation via TripAdvisor as it’s the most reliable accommodation booking platform. Must check-out these top places to stay on the beach in Florida listed on TripAdvisor:
- Hollywood Beach
- Panama City Beach
- Daytona Beach
- Sanibel Island Beach
- St. Augustine
- New Smyrna Beach
What is the best time to visit Florida beaches?
If you’re planning a beach vacation in Florida in warm weather then May to September is the best time to book your tickets. Remember that heat and humidity can ruin your vacation from June to August—these are also the heavy rain months. Undoubtedly, May is the best month for beachgoers in Florida as the weather is warm with low rainfall.
What is the right water temperature to swim in any Florida beach?
The right temperature of water for swimming is different for every individual; for instance: the temperature that is comfortable for me might not be suitable for you and vice-versa. Generally, some people begin swimming when the water temperature reaches 70-degrees Fahrenheit. Most people start going into the water at 75-degrees, and anyone can swim easily at 80-degrees Fahrenheit.
Of all the above beaches, I visited Panama City Beach, Hollywood Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Naples Beach and they are simply amazing. Thanks to the hotel staff who let me know the best beaches in Florida. Have you visited any one of them? Or which one do you like to visit? Do let us know by commenting down below.