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10 Best Beaches in Florida


So you want to hit up a beach but don’t know where to go? We get it. Florida has a lot of beaches but you should know what some of the best beaches are. That’s why we’re here. So, get your flip flops and beach bag ready, here’s a list of the top 10 Florida beaches

1. St. Petersburg Beach

Need some sun? St. Petersburg beach has the most consecutive days of sunshine, so you don’t have to worry if it’s going to rain, they don’t call it “The Sunshine City” for nothing. The beach is incorporated into the city, so you get a balanced blend of both the relaxed beach and urban city life. It has a pretty rich array of cultural events as well, so there’s always something to do.

2. Cocoa Beach

If you’re into catching some waves, this beach is the surf spot in Florida. Locals and students from nearby colleges flock here on the weekends to the popular spot, ‘Coconuts on the Beach’. This is also one of the widest beaches on the east coast, and with the surfable waves, you got yourself a solid place to soak up some sun.

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3. New Smyrna Beach

If you’re looking for a beach that is laid-back and more chill – without all the gym buffs and wannabe models, then this is the beach for you. New Smyrna beach is relaxed and surprisingly has the most sharks in the state. When looking at the shoreline, you’ll see tons of people surfing and the shark fins poking out of the water. But don’t worry, these aren’t predatory sharks, or else there would have been a big problem.

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4. South Beach

Whatever stereotypical image you have of Florida, it’s probably at The South beach. You have it all, the girls in the bikinis, the guys who’ve spent the whole year at the gym, the parties, food, and outdoor activities. It’s the place where you go to show off what you have. If you like attention or like to people watch, go to South beach.


5. Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Back in the ’80s, Ft. Lauderdale beach was the place to go for Spring Break. However, things have changed and Ft. Lauderdale made sure to get rid of that mayhem. While still popular, it’s a more relaxed and laid-back beach.



6. Ft. Myers Beach

This is one of the most touristy beaches, and a big spring break spot, with many heading to Ft. Myers beach for the parasailing and kayaking. Ft. Myers beach is a little unique as it’s situated on a barrier island that’s around 7 miles long. Whether you’re looking to relax and soak up some sun or do some fishing, sailing, or diving – this is a great option. It’s also really close to Sanibel island and Captiva island.


7. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach might actually be one of the best beaches on the planet. A beautiful beach town and booming real estate makes Clearwater Beach a big deal. Plenty of places to eat, and beautiful views all around. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Clearwater Beach at any time of the year


8. Panama City Beach

Worried about going to a crowded beach? Well, then we suggest heading to Panama City beach. This beach offers 27 miles of white-sand and clear blue water, so you’ll easily be able to find a spot for your beach towel. Panama City beach is well known for its scuba diving and tasty seafood. In recent times, PCB was a huge spring break spot, but recent changes have outlawed open containers on the beach during the month of March.

picture of panama city beach coastline


9. Key West Beach

Key West is a place that is a mix of diversity, art and free spirits. Key West beach is home to a variety of bars, restaurants, museums and sports. If you are someone who needs to have their day planned out, then don’t come here. Key West is all about going with the flow.


10. Daytona Beach

Daytona beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Florida. Why? Two words. Spring Break. Dayton beach is 20 miles of beachfront which attracts thousands of tourists and spring breakers annually. Daytona is the place to go for a wild beach party. Not only that, Daytona is home to NASCAR. So, if you have a love for going fast, this is the place for you.

daytona beach florida picture with spring breakers



Which beach listed is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I remember how these beaches were back in the 1950’s-60’s, and it is depressing to see them now.

  2. all these beaches are full of tourists and snow birds..wall to wall condos…i’m not saying where my favourite beach is..i don’t want it to be over -run with people.

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