Given Florida’s unique geography, it’s no surprise that many people flock to our state to experience as many water activities as possible. It also makes sense that they would seek out the clearest and most beautiful water in the state. Florida has so many places that fit this description, it’s easier to explain them by region and highlight a few special places than to try to name every single one. We included some of our favorite spots for each area, but please let us know about any of your personal favorites that we might not have mentioned.
1. The Keys
The water surrounding the Florida Keys is renowned for its snorkeling and diving opportunities because of its clarity and gorgeous turquoise hue. This also gives the Keys a Caribbean quality that make them so popular for vacationers from the rest of the state and around the world. Don't miss Sandspur Beach at Bahia Honda State Park, which is often considered the best in Keys. Dry Tortugas National Park also offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kayaking or snorkeling in the colorful water surrounding Fort Jefferson.
Pictured: Dry Tortugas National Park.
2. Southeast Florida
Though the state's west coast beaches tend to get all of the attention, some of the most stunning, sparkling waters can be found in the Southeast Florida beaches near Miami. Visitors rave about the water at both Hollywood Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. The palm trees give these beaches their iconic South Florida/tropical vacation feel.
Pictured: Hollywood Beach.
3. Panhandle Beaches
Some of the clearest and most beautiful water can be found at Florida's Gulf Coast beaches. Visitors are especially drawn to the jewel-toned waters of the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida.
Pictured: Miramar Beach.
4. Florida's Springs
You don't have to go to the beach to find clear water in Florida. That's because some of the absolute clearest and most beautiful water (even at greater depths) can be found in Florida's many springs. Some of our favorite places to enjoy crystal-clear water include Rainbow Springs State Park, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Three Sisters Springs (temporarily closed), and Ichetucknee Springs State Park. There are plenty of other activities, like tubing and cave diving, that visitors flocking to the springs. The water remains cool all year long, making them especially popular in summer months.
Pictured: Ginnie Springs.
5. Southwest Florida
Though they are perhaps better known for some of the finest white sand in the country, the beaches in Southwest Florida are also blessed with the warm, clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the most beautiful area beaches can be found on Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island.
Pictured: Siesta Beach.