The 5 most stunning beaches in Florida

If you are heading to Florida for a holiday, you are going to want to check out the best of the sites.  There really is loads to see and do in the area, and of course, most people associate it with a trip to Disney.  Whether you are overwrought with cartoon creations or just looking for a more chilled out day, you might like to check out the local beaches.  With fantastic weather and some gorgeous stretches of sand, you don’t want to miss these great venues, whether you laze and soak up the rays or take part in some water-based sports.  Here are the five most stunning beaches in Florida just for you.

South Beach, Miami

This is the iconic beach that most people can name.  It is packed full of action and A list celebrities, so keep your cool if one of them walks your way.  The beach itself has stunning golden sand for you to top up your tan, and the water is crystal clear and very inviting.  If you need refreshments, you can stroll to some of the best cocktail bars in the country, and if the mood takes you spend the night in a hotel that overlooks this fantastic seaside location.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin

If private beaches are more your thing, then this could be the beach for you.  It is quiet and unspoilt and is not for those looking for action and adventure.  However, it is a real beauty and popular with couples as a romantic getaway.  To find the beach, you must take a ferry ride from the Honeymoon Island State Park, and we are guessing these sands have seen their fair share of bended knee proposals and honeymoon walks at dusk.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne

Far from the crowds while being just a stone’s throw away from Miami, this is another beach that suits those looking for a quiet day soaking up the sun and swimming in the clear blue waters.  Another hidden gem, this time just over a bridge from the central town.  If you are feeling energetic, there is bike hire and a wealth of bike trails waiting to be explored.

Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound

This beach is acutely a nature reserve, and it is easy to see why.  The protected area, on Jupiter Island, is a fantastic vision of rocks and water. The limestone shelf is over 100,000 years old and provides the perfect backdrop for loggerhead sea turtles who come here to nest and protect their young until they are old enough to head out to sea.

Fort Lauderdale Beach

With long stretches of glorious sand and yet more of those fantastic crystal waters this is another great beach to explore.  Yachting is big around this area so if you have ever fancied a boat ride or even wanted to learn to sail you can hire yourself a Yacht Master while you are there.  Less built up than some of the other beaches but still with plenty going on.

Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited. Exclusive Private Villas offers exquisite, handpicked luxury villas around the world.

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Comments (6)

  1. Charles McCool says:

    Phew, I am glad my favorite Florida beaches are not listed so that they remain “secret.”

  2. James Smith says:

    Florida is one place I have never visited. It looks so amazing that I can’t wait to pack my bags and hop on the next plane there! Your photos are beautiful! Maybe next year I’ll plan a trip there, and see if I can take equally beautiful photos. We went to St. Barts this year, which was very different, of course, but just as scenic!

  3. Darren Hunt says:

    I go shopping in Florida regularly and always find time to hit the beaches. Fort Lauderdale is lovely and the warm sand and blue sea will not disappoint. There’s also so much to do close by including some great shopping. I am a big fan of Miami too but find it can get a little crowded at times. There is nothing like watching a sunset or sunrise at the beach.

  4. Alex says:

    Forget Top Five Florida, in my Beach Book, South Beach is one of the WORLD’S most iconic beachs. It is huge, which is brilliant, as everybody wants get a piece of it. Although many people are there to work on the essential tan others are there for some action. Maybe running a few “routes” from their favourite NFL Team’s playback and increasingly kicking a soccer ball about. If you’re lucky the waves will be big enough for a bit of bodyboarding. And then there’s Top Gun beach volleyball, one of the wofld’s Coolest Sports.

    But it’s more than beach. You’ve got the whole Art Deco thing going on and some really cool bars and restaurants too.

    And for those of us old enough to remember you’re half expecting to see a classic Miami Vice car-chase being filmed along the Boulevard.

    God, I love that place!

    • Dave says:

      Considering that I grew up in Walksend in Geordieland, UK, Miami had a ridiculous influence on my life. In the late 80s me and my mates used to hit Newcastle for a Saturday night out dressed like Crockett and Stubbs, all pastel shades, even though the temperatures were sub-zero.

      Oddly when I finally made it out to Florida I preferred Fort Lauderdale’s Beach. Although thers’s The excitement of Celeb spotting around South Beach, I think the slughtly grown up me found Fort Lauderdale a little more relaxing and laid-back for a holiday. And the Crockett and Tubs gear went to a charity shop decades ago.

  5. Allen D. says:

    For the quintessential Miami, Florida experience no beach is better than South Beach. It’s not just the beach that makes it a tourist trap. It’s the vibe, the fun activities, and the exciting nightlife.

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