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Top 10 Florida Beaches
The Best of the Best

Top 10 Florida Beaches is a matter of taste. I lived in Florida for 15 years and because of my involvement in the travel industry I traveled the state and visited most of its beaches. So, if I omit a beach that you really think is the best, please let me know and I promise to rearrange this article.

Florida has been blessed by beaches on three sides, The Atlantic Ocean on the ease, the Straits of Florida and the Florida Keys on the south and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. So there is a lot where to choose from.


Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

This famous beach has been named the best in North America. Located in Dunedin Florida it offers great swimming, shelling and fishing all year round. It’s a white sand beach that offers all you need for a relaxed holiday with your kids. It can be accessed by ferry from Holiday Island State Park

Besides the beach there is a mangrove covered kayak trail. You can bring your own kayak or just rent one on the island. It is also a great place for hiking on their nature trail and to explore the island’s interior. There are picnic tables and certain picnic areas can be reserved for a fee. There is a snack bar and a gift shop.



Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

This one is located near my former home in Coral gables, Florida. This beautiful beach is in Key Biscayne, FL. Once you cross the Rickenbacker Causeway from Miami, you have to drive all the way to the end. You’ll see the Cape Florida Lighthouse once you get there. It is the oldest standing structure in Greater Miami and the Beaches.

It has been nominated several times as one of the Top 10 Beaches of Florida and the United States. Its sands are powdery white and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are a deep azure to kill for. In other words it is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling, diving and many other beach sports.


Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is located on the Tampa Bay Area facing the Gulf of Mexico enjoying year round sunshine and the clear waters of the gulf.

This is a great area to spend your summer or even winter vacations. There are many activities going on during the year, like the National Super Boat Championships, the Clearwater Jazz festival and the nightly Sunsets at Piert 60 with music during the sunsets.

Clearwater is a complete vacation spot with titles as Top Family Beach, Best Beach from Maine to Hawaii, Top singles beach and many more. Here the possibilities for beach entertainment and sports are endless.


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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is located on the Fun Coast region of Florida. It has been famous since I can remember. As a child I heard about Daytona Beach.

The sands of this beach are hard packed allowing vehicles to drive in certain areas, making it the Mecca for motor ships on the Old Daytona International Speedway. The city of Daytona Beach is also the headquarters for NASCAR and the Grand American Road Racing Association. Some call it the “World Most Famous Beach”.

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Lovers Key Beach

Lovers Key Beach

It is a semi private island located on the waters of the Gulf between Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and Naples. It has unspoiled and secluded beaches and like in many other Gulf Beaches the sunsets are spectacular.

The resort provides the visitor with an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. They try very hard to make you feel good. Here you may experience the local wildlife in their natural habitat, like the manatee, the dolphins and many birds.

The location of this beach couldn’t’ be a better one.

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Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach

This is the longest Key West Beach at the very end of the chain of islets called the Florida Keys. Key West has so much to offer, that the beaches are just a complement to so many action going on a constant basis on the Key. The waters are so shallow that you will have to walk quiet a distance to get to the deep.

This beach has been restores and has been destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It is being rebuilt again and the beach vendors and the shops do all they can to make you feel happy. You can go swimming, para-sailing, surfing and when tired, just go across the sands for a hot dog and some ice cream.

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Sandspur Beach in Bahia Honda State Park

Sandspur Beach in Bahia Honda State Park

This award winning beach is located on marker 37 on the Florida Keys. It offers some of the best snorkeling in Florida due to the abundant marine life on the area. The whole park encompasses over 500 acres of an island.

  • This beach offers camping areas for RV campers and space for tents with restrooms and hot water showers.
  • They offer lodging in three duplex cabins accommodating up to six people.
  • Many water sports like Kayaking around the entire island on sit on top ocean kayaks.
  • You may do bicycling on a hard surface road.
  • Fishing is another activity. In this case you have to hire a charter boat, since you need a license to fish in Florida.
  • Swimming in Bahia Honda Sandspur Beach means swimming in one of the best beaches of the USA.
  • They also have shopping are, Snack bar and all kind of park Programs 

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Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

This beach is right on the Florida panhandle and is one of the most liked beaches in America. The sands are fine like baby powder that scrunches between your toes. The waters are crystal clear in colors ranging from green to dark turquoise and you can participate in any water sport that comes to mind. Here you may go snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing and you name it.

You close your eyes and can think you are in one of the islands of the Caribbean. It is really one of the best kept secrets of Florida just a few hours’ drive away.

This is a beach for lovers on romantic getaways, for singles looking for action and above all for whole families that want to enjoy a great vacation with the kids, and don’t forget us the grandparents.

Panama City Florida claims to be the “Seafood Capital of the World” because of the many restaurants offering the best sea food. After dinner you will always find something to do like miniature golf or going to one of the clubs for an exciting nightlife.

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Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key is a beautiful barrier island eight miles long located offshore of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico. The area has been blessed by white sand beaches and clear waters of the gulf. They claim that theirs is “The World’s Finest and Whitest Sand” and I am not going to refute or deny this.

This is a beach to relax, to swim and to sunbath and also for those romantics that look for hideaways. This is a paradise on Earth. Here you may stroll through the 8 mile island and watch its wild parrots in the beautiful palm trees as well as many exotic birds of many varieties. These birds are friendly and they are comfortable among the visitors of Siesta key.

In early May the finest sand sculpture artists show up in Siesta Key to work their art on the sands at the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. This is a world class event, you won’t want to miss.

Another great activity here are the water sports like parasailing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and many more.

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For more information visit Florida Tourism Website


South Beach Florida

South Beach Florida

This small area of the of the city of Miami Beach has become the inn place to see and be seen in the country. What once was a slum of old buildings housed by people outside the law was slowly bought many years ago by people with a lot of vision and they rebuilt it with Old Deco architectural style to be what it is today.

From the southern tip of the island of Miami Beach it goes all the way north to 23rd Street. The area is not formally delineated but this is what I saw more or less. The real action is on Ocean Drive from 5th to 12th Streets. It is lined with beautiful hotels, noisy bars and restaurants and a constant traffic jam in the evenings.

The beach is as beautiful as any other Miami Beach Beaches. With white sands and clear waters of the Atlantic, that are warm all the time. But as I said South Beach, nicknamed SoBe is not for the beach itself but for the music, the food and the actions.

As you noted I did not order the beaches in any number order. It will difficult to name which one of the Top 10 Florida Beaches is the best.


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