With roughly 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida possesses the most beaches in the contiguous United States. It’s only natural that it would have some of the nation’s best. Whether you prefer the quiet solitude of windswept dunes, the squeak of powder white sands or postcard-perfect seaside villages, Florida has a beach for everyone’s style.
The North Florida coast, spanning Amelia Island south to Ponce Inlet, is full of history. Home to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, the First Coast was also the historic playground for the rich and the famous in exclusive enclaves in Jacksonville and on Amelia Island. The Central Florida coast runs from Daytona, birthplace of NASCAR, through Canaveral, birthplace of NASA, with beaches so wide you can drive on them.
Visitors to Florida’s West Coast come for the soft sand and the calm, crystal-clear Gulf waters but end up falling in love with the quaint beach towns lining the shores. South Florida is synonymous for beach party but there’s much more to Miami and it’s surrounding beaches than meets the eye. Many beaches have waved away the Spring Break scene for a more family friendly vibe, making for plenty of fun in the sun for everyone.
For those looking to go off the beaten boardwalk, here’s your guide to Florida’s best beaches.