Here in Florida we’re famous for our beaches, and for good reason. We’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re a native or a visitor, don’t miss these top Florida beaches this summer.
1. Bahia Honda
Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys looks like a real-life paradise. It has some of the best beaches and snorkeling in the state, and it also offers fishing, kayaking, and camping.
2. Delray Beach
Delray Beach in Palm Beach County has been voted Most Fun Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. Spend the day at the beach, then hop over to some awesome shops, galleries, nightlife, and restaurants.
3. Grayton Beach
Grayton Beach is a funky, free-spirited beach town whose unofficial motto is "Nice dogs, strange people." Grayton Beach has been called one of the most beautiful beaches in America, and you won't regret a single summer day spent here.
4. Naples Beaches
Naples has several fine beaches. Whether you're wildlife lovers touring Delnor-Wiggins Pass and Barefoot Beach, or you're looking for a family friendly spot like Clam Pass, Naples has a beach for everyone.
5. Lovers Key
Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach offers two miles of pristine beach left untouched by developers and spring breakers.
6. Anna Maria Island
Though it's not as secret as it used to be, this barrier island off the coast of Manatee County still has a lot of charm, excellent seafood, and seven miles of beautiful beaches.
Destin is a popular tourist destination on the Emerald Coast, and calls itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village," claiming to have the largest fishing vessel fleet in Florida.
8. Caladesi Island State Park
This lovely beach sits on the crystal green waters of the Gulf of Mexico north of Clearwater Beach. It also tops best beaches lists, and features shelling, boating, fishing, hiking, and snorkeling.
9. Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto consists of five offshore keys near St. Petersburg, Florida. The park is steeped in history, attracting Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and soldiers in the Civil War History aside, visitors should not forget the park's celebrated beaches.
10. Fort Myers Beach
This beach city has tons of attractions for the adventurous, from parasailing and kayaking to dolphin tours and fishing charters. It's also home to really outstanding sunsets.
11. Siesta Key
The beaches of Siesta Key are eight miles of the finest sand on the planet. It's 99% pure quartz, so it's cool on your feet even on the hottest of days. Siesta Beach is well regarded as one of the best and safest beaches in the country.
12. Sanibel Island
Located off the coast of Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel is known for its abundance of beautiful shells.
13. St. Andrews State Park
This 1,200 acre park three miles east of Panama City Beach is yet another beach in Florida that has been named the most beautiful beach in the country. The park features camping, scuba diving, snorkeling, biking, and tons of wildlife viewing. It's a very popular spot so reservations through the park are recommended for campers.
Florida has so many spectacular beaches. Did we miss any of your favorites? Please let us know below.