11 Beautiful Florida Beach Towns You Need To Visit
Beach road trip, anyone?
1. Siesta Key is there when you need white sand and plenty of water activities.
Enjoy eight miles of sugary white sand that stretches along Florida's Gulf Coast. It's been rated the best sand beach by Travel Channel in the past, so you really can't go wrong.
Where to stay: You'll be steps from the beach at The Ringling Beach House, plus they have pools to cool off in.
What to do: Boating and fishing will keep you close to the beach, and if you're willing to wander then take a day trip to Sarasota and explore the Ringling Museum of Art and downtown Sarasota's antique and boutique stores.
2. If you're looking for great waves and that paradise feel, look no further than Delray Beach.
A seemingly sleepy beach town that also happens to have amazing nightlife? Yes, please.
Where to eat: Get a real taste of Florida seafood and order the conch fritters at Bamboo Fire Cafe.
3. For a long stretch of white sand that's also close to bigger cities, head to Clearwater Beach.
If you're looking for more than just a beach, then you must visit Clearwater Beach. Yes, it's an enormous stretch of pearly white sand on the Gulf Coast, but it also boasts plenty of nightlife and restaurants to keep you busy off the beach too.
What to do: Check out the surf shops on the boardwalk or head over to the Clearwater Aquarium to see their rehabilitated wildlife. And, while they're a bit of a drive, visits to the Big Cat Rescue and Salvador Dali museum are totally worth it.
4. St. Augustine is like walking through history and being able to sit on a picturesque beach afterward.
Aside from the scenic beach, St. Augustine is America’s oldest city. Which means it's teeming with beautiful architecture that stems from the city from being founded by the Spanish and settled in 1565.
5. If you're looking for a charming downtown area that's close to untouched wildlife, you need to visit Dunedin.
Where to stay: Treat yourself to an adorable B&B at the Meranova Guest Inn.
6. If you want a secluded beach with plenty of wildlife, then St. George Island is the best bet.
You'll get equal slices of untouched nature and peaceful beaches on this Northern Florida gem of an island.
7. If you're longing for a laid-back beach town, it's Pass-A-Grill for the win.
For a quirky beach experience, the southernmost tip of St. Pete beach is loaded with little art galleries and a marina that looks like it's from another time altogether.
Where to stay: Since you come to Pass-A-Grill in part for the history, stay in the 1920s Don Cesar and have your life changed by its beauty.
What to do: Take a day for a deep sea fishing trip and, with any luck, you'll have something for dinner by the time you're done!
8. If you need a more lively beach experience, then head to South Beach in Miami.
South Beach is where to go if you want a beach and a big city vibe to go with it. It also doesn't hurt that there's endless Cuban food as well.
Where to stay: For a super stylish hotel with a bar you can hang out in all night, the Setai is an excellent choice.
9. For when all you want is some gorgeous views of the water, visit Cocoa Beach.
Surfing and waves are big in Cocoa Beach (literally), so come here to catch a wave, or just watch someone else expertly do it.
Where to stay: You'll have a charming stay with breakfast included at The Inn, not to mention their nightly wine and cheese hour.
10. Destin has southern hospitality and sand so white you'll think it's snow.
Destin is chockfull of Southern charm, thanks to its location in Northern Florida, so you won't be short of scenery or hospitality here.
Where to stay: For stunning views and a little romance, lay your head at Henderson Park Inn.
11. And Key West will be one of the most unique towns you'll ever visit.
The southernmost point of Florida is a mix of literary history, roaring nightlife, and truly yummy food that will make you want to extend your stay.
Where to stay: The Casa Marina Resort has been open since 1920 and is steps from the beach and Duval Street (aka easy access to the best of Key West).
Where to eat: Score some mahi mango tacos at the Garbo's Grill food stand, and end the night with dessert at the cheekily named Better Than Sex — get the brie cheese and chocolate Morning After danish, and wash it down with an Adult Apple ale.