Best Florida Beaches

Written by  Rita Cook

There is no better place for a visitor to have fun in the sun than in the state of Florida. Florida offers so much, from an Everglades experience, to Disney, to historical destinations that dot the state throughout. However, the real reason Florida pops into most people’s mind is because of the amazing white sand beaches. There are 1,200 miles of coastline in Florida and visitors can choose between either the Gulf of Mexico side or the wilder waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach has a good reputation as a beach destination and there are many  reasons. The beaches are both secluded and family friendly, and there is plenty to do. Beach real estate encompasses a three-mile stretch on the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf side. One popular property with an amazing beach is the Sandpearl Resort ( The Sandpearl has an old style beach vibe, because it is located where the Clearwater Beach Hotel used to sit back in the 1930s. The resort boasts 700-feet of pristine gulf coast white sand and an environmentally friendly attitude.

Jupiter Beach
In the town of Jupiter Beach sits a lovely little resort appropriately named the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa ( Jupiter Beach is located north of Palm Beach Gardens, and the resort is nestled along the largest stretch of secluded beachfront in Palm Beach County. It’s on the Atlantic side, and along with 168 island-inspired accommodations and oceanfront dining, Jupiter Beach is front and center at this resort with lots of beach activities to indulge in, or just a nice stroll along the natural dunes.

Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is considered the Gold Coast, or Venice of America. There is lots of beach to choose from here, but the W Hotel ( vibe is a tempting draw with 315-feet of golden-sand coastline, offering a front row seat to the Atlantic. You will also find surfing opportunities on the beach, and it is in close proximity to the intracoastal waterway. The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort ( is another option for a Fort Lauderdale Beach experience. This property sits on one of South Florida’s largest private beaches with 16 waterfront acres. The best part is that if you get tired of the sun you can find plenty of shopping opportunities just steps away.

If you want old world Florida that still retains its charm, visit Sarasota. While Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been named a number one beach for years, there are other beaches in the area to visit too. Siesta Beach offers 99 percent pure quartz sand and you can’t beat that, but a more remote choice might be an area called Longboat Key with 10 miles of uncrowded beaches. Access to the beaches in Long Boat Key is limited so the best bet is to visit the Resort at Longboat Key Club ( The resort is secluded on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico and offers 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront, and it is environmentally friendly. You also get the Old Florida boardwalks. Along with the uninterrupted views, the best part of this resort is enjoying all the resort’s amenities alongside a stunning beach.

Key West
Think of Key West and Jimmy Buffet comes to mind. The Casa Marina Resort ( in Key West keeps the beachgoers coming back to listen to Buffet and to enjoy some prime beach real estate. Casa Marina sits on the largest private beach in Key West with 1,100 feet of sand, and is located on the southern edge of the island. You won’t get bored on the beach either since there are activities like sand sculpting workshops, or you can explore America’s only living barrier reef nearby. Casa Marina welcomed its first guests on New Year’s Eve in 1920, and it is now a Waldorf Astoria Resort with a beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests.

Panama City Beach
Just about anywhere you go in Panama City Beach you are going to like it. Here the beaches combine with nature, and the best way to enjoy this destination and its beaches is to check into a beach rental condo. There are many beach rentals companies in Panama City Beach that can help you find the perfect place overlooking the Gulf. Overall there are 27 miles of white sand beaches along the turquoise waters, two State Parks and many public beach access points. Another reason folks keep coming back to the beaches in Panama City Beach is to see the amazing sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

The beaches in Naples on the Gulf side are said to be some of the calmest, and are a favorite spot for many folks to watch the sunset and build sand castles. There are a number of beach options, but a place called Naples Beaches is the best choice. Located from Gordon Pass on the south to Seagate Drive on the north, there are over 10 miles of sandy beach in this area.  Nearby,  you can also visit the Naples Fishing Pier.

Miami Beach
A beach roundup certainly would not be complete without Miami Beach, since after all, it’s one of Florida’s top destinations. The St. Regis in Miami Beach ( is a good place to get acquainted with the beaches on the Atlantic side. Overlooking the Atlantic from its seat in Bal Harbour, the St. Regis is about seven miles north of South Beach, but offers a much more laid back vibe for the beachgoer to enjoy.

South Beach
Find Ocean Drive and look out to the Atlantic and you will find a beach scene that is unparalleled anywhere else in Florida. Resorts dot the beach and it is in South Beach that you can get an amazing view of the city, particularly in the evening. Even though South Beach is man-made, stretching up the Atlantic for miles, it is still one of the top beaches for Florida visitors year round.

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