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Florida Beaches Are Fun For Everyone


Are you ready for your summer vacation? Florida has some of the best beaches in the world and has a beach for all tastes. You can find a beach for a secluded getaway, family beaches, romantic beaches, hiking beaches, fishing beaches and so much more. You can read this list and save this for your future reference.

Sandy beach accounts for 1,350 miles of Florida coastline. Two distinct waterfronts — the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico – mean sharp diversification that is furthered by other factors, including latitude that varies 6 degrees from northernmost to southernmost beaches.

Vegetation, population, dunes formation, sand composition, wave action, and other natural and social influences serve up Florida beaches in many flavors. Here we have divided Florida’s beaches into packages according to beach-goers’ interests and activities, listing some of the best in each category. A * denotes beaches accessible only by boat. For more information on Florida’s beaches, visit For information on travel to Florida or to order a copy of VISIT FLORIDA’s free Vacation Guide visit VISIT FLORIDA’s consumer web site,, or call VISIT FLORIDA’s toll-free consumer number at 1-888-7-FLAUSA (352872). You can also visit, for more activity choices while on the beach.

Hall of Fame Beaches – These beaches have placed #1 on Dr. Beach’s annual Best Beaches listings (see for more information on the listing).



City Beaches – Metropolitan area beaches are big on bustle, shopping, dining, nightlife, and sophistication.



Undiscovered/Secluded Beaches



Dunes Beaches – North Florida beaches generally claim better, higher dunes formations.



Family (with Tots) Beaches – Gentle waves and sea bottom slope make the safest environment for tiny ones. Others mentioned here provide fun activities for kids.



Family (with Teens and ‘Tweens) – Kids looking for action and the extreme will like the water sports, volleyball, and action at these spots.



Beaches for Couples/Romance



Beaches with History – Forts, lighthouses, and other historic buildings deepen the beach experience on these sands.



Beachcombing/Shelling Beaches – There’s treasure on every beach, but some are known for their abundant shells, shark’s teeth fossils, and even gold doubloons.



Hiking Beaches – These are long beaches with minimal human impact.


  • Avalon State Park, North Hutchinson Island (800-344-TGIF)
  • Johnson Beach on Perdido Key, Pensacola (800-874-1234,
  • South Lido Beach, Sarasota (800-800-3906,


Surfing Beaches – The East Coast has the best waves.


  • Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian (800-93-OCEAN,
  • Cocoa Beach (800-93-OCEAN,
  • Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Fort Pierce (800-344-TGIF)
  • Flagler Beach


Fishing Beaches – These beach parks have piers to cast fishing success your way.



Natural Beaches – Minimally developed beaches where nature has its way.



Pretty, Groomed Beaches – Beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained.



Snorkeling Beaches – Bring your mask and fins along when you hit these beaches.



Camping Beaches – Pitch a tent with a view.



Wildlife Beaches – See birds, sea turtle nests, gopher tortoises, nature centers, and more.


  • Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville (800-733-2668,
  • Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, Hobe Sound (877-585-0085,
  • Loggerhead Beach, Juno Beach (800-833-5733)
  • John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, Palm Beach Shores (800-833-5733)
  • St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola* (850-653-9419,
  • Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin (877-352-3224,
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve, Naples (239-403-2384,
  • Tigertail Beach, Marco Island (239-403-2384,
  • Flagler Beach – known for whale sightings and turtle nestings


Florida Coasts


Treasure Coast – Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties
Nature Coast – Levy, Dixie and Citrus Counties
Gold Coast – Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties
Space Coast – Brevard County
First Coast – Nassau, Duval and St. Johns Counties
Emerald Coast – Okaloosa, Bay and Walton Counties
Forgotten Coast – Gulf and Franklin Counties
Sun Coast – Pinellas County
Cultural Coast – Sarasota County
Paradise Coast – Collier County
Lee Island Coast – Lee County
Fun Coast -Volusia and Flagler Counties

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