Top Ten Florida Beaches

Miami Beach Florida

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Miami Beach stretches along for several miles and along this strip is where you will find the famous South Beach.  South Beach is known for the place to be seen, where there are many restaurants and nightclubs.  Other beaches along Collins Avenue are North Beach, Central Beach and South Pointe Park.  Not to be missed is Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside Beach, both offer open, white sand beaches.  All of the beaches have concessions and water sports rentals.

 

Daytona Beach Florida

“The World’s Most Famous Beach” extends for 24 miles with wide and flat sand that makes driving on the beach a pleasure. However, there are certain areas where driving on the beach is not permitted. In Daytona Beach you will find the Daytona Beach Pier, the longest pier on the United States East Coast, and the historic Boardwalk. The pier offers a cable car ride, a sky tower ride and a restaurant. After a day on the beach for shopping and dining there is the new Ocean Walk Village. Sea breeze Boulevard also offers shops and cafes and restaurants for a fresh seafood dinner.

 

Cocoa Beach Florida

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Cocoa Beach is located on the Space Coast and is one of the closest beaches to Orlando.  Cocoa Beach has several beach parks, namely Lori Wilson, Park, Sidney Fischer Park and Alan Shepard Park, named after the astronaut Alan Shepard. All of the parks have picnic areas for a relaxing afternoon and a swim in the ocean. There are many upscale bars and restaurants in Cocoa Beach, some specializing in fresh seafood that is caught daily. While at Cocoa Beach you can do some deep sea fishing or visit the Kennedy Space Center. There is always something enjoyable to do while staying in Cocoa Beach.

 

Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Florida

Sanibel Island is accessible from the mainland using the Sanibel Causeway.  Both Sanibel and Captiva offer some of the best shelling, and is where you will find coquinas and conchs.There is a museum on Sanibel which has more than a million shells from around the world on display.  Old Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel is where the Sanibel Lighthouse is located.The lighthouse dates back to 1884. Also at this beach is a wildlife refuge, a nature trail and fishing pier.  Captiva Island’s Turner Beach has good surfing.

 

Siesta Key Beach Florida

Siesta Key Beach is noted for its very white and fine sand beaches. This most beautiful sand is made almost completely of quartz, which keeps it cool to walk on during the hot Florida months. At this beach you will find picnic tables, volleyball courts, baseball fields and restroom facilities. A special feature at the beach is the specially designed wheelchairs, free of charge, that are designed to withstand the sand. Siesta Key Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in Florida for swimming and recreation.

 

Clearwater Beach Florida

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Clearwater Beach boasts of having pristine white sand, crystal clear water and memorable sunsets.  Here you have many choices to enjoy, world class fishing charters, visiting one of many spas, taking in one of the nightly festivals held on Pier 60 or just relaxing on the beach after a swim in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  On your visit to Clearwater Beach be sure to include seeing winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  At Clearwater Beach you will find fine restaurants and family friendly accommodations.

 

Panama City Beach Florida

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There are 27 miles of sugar white sand beaches in Panama City Beach.  Looking for shells or enjoying a swim or a visit to the Panama City Beach Conservation Park is only the beginning of the many activities available in Panama City Beach.  At the Conservation Park you will find various native wildlife including alligators, eagles, wild boar, snakes and coyotes.  St. Andrews State Park offers beach activities and nature trails through a pine forest.  There are fishing piers and picnic pavilions.  Kayaks, bikes and snorkeling equipment are readily available to rent.

 

Pensacola Beach Florida

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Pensacola Beach is located on Santa Rosa Island.  The beaches are 500 feet wide or more and have white sand and tall sand dunes.  There are lifeguards, picnic facilities, restrooms and showers located along the beach.  Pensacola Beach is a part of the Gulf National Seashore and the National Seashore is where you will find over 250 species of birds.  Sea shell collecting and bird watching are activities to enjoy at the National Seashore.  Do not miss a visit to Fort Pickens, a military fort built in the 1830’s and the Pensacola Lighthouse which is the oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast.

 

St. Augustine Beach Florida

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St. Augustine Beach has access to wide swimming areas, as well as picnic areas and public shower and restroom facilities.  Anastasia State Park is located at St. Augustine Beach.  At this park is a nature trail for hiking and a place to go salt water fishing.  There are wooded campsites with electrical hookups.  Also at St. Augustine Beach is the Dolphin Conservation Center.  Here you will see or have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, penguins, dolphins and other sea creatures.  This oceanarium is the first of its kind and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Venice Beach Florida

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At Venice Municipal Beach is where you will find a large coral reef about one half mile off shore that is an excellent area for scuba diving.  Also, this beach is a good place to find sharks teeth as well as other fossils.  The clear water is great for swimming and snorkeling.  This beach also has picnic areas, restrooms and a boardwalk where there are concessions and artwork from local artists that you can purchase.  Venice Beach is a Certified Blue Wave Beach and has been awarded the 2008 Best Restored Beaches Award.