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Top 10 Public Beaches in Florida

  1. Bahia Honda
Bahia Honda

Bahia Honda State Park is located in the Florida Keys. The area offers some of the most spectacular beaches in the state. Because of its state park status, the whole region is in a completely unspoiled natural condition. The park has two beaches, facing opposite directions. This means there is usually at least one beach unaffected by bad weather.  Both beaches are seemingly endless and offer plenty of walking areas. The water is generally shallow throughout the area.

 

  1. Fort DeSoto
Fort DeSoto

The Fort DeSoto State Park can be truly described as exceptional. The park is made up of five islands which are connected to each other. It is spread over 1136 acres and is home to numerous beach mangroves, hardwoods, palm hammocks, plants and wetlands. Each of them plays an active role in preserving the ecosystem of Florida. It’s a favorite with nature lovers because of its natural beauty. Fort DeSoto State Park is a great place for walking around and also for swimming. The park also offers good opportunities for spotting wild animals and birds. It is home to more than 300 species of birds. The loggerhead sea turtle makes the park its home between April and September each year.

 

  1. Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a lot like Miami Beach. Located near plenty of hotels, it’s the center of tourist attractions at Fort Lauderdale. At the beach, you can simply enjoy the view or you can go for a walk. Your kids can rent rollerblades and indulge in some fun on their own. Other popular activities at the beach include deep-sea fishing, wind surfing, boating, jet skiing, snorkeling, volleyball and scuba diving. The beach is also surrounded by plenty of entertainment options. Spread across 7 miles, the beachfront is dotted with lots of small cafes, restaurants and shops.

 

  1. Venice Beach
Venice Beach

Venice Beach is known for something very unique. Ancient shark teeth can be found in the sands of the beach. Many tourists come simply for finding shark teeth. Many of them do find one and leave with it! These shark teeth come from bodies of ancient sharks that have decomposed on the floor of the sea. Along with this unique attraction, Venice Beach is also known for being a cultural hub.  Popular attractions include the paddle tennis courts, the handball courts, the Ocean Front Walk and the promenade. There are also many bike trails and courts for playing volleyball. There are several basketball courts around the beach. Numerous well-known basketball players have been recruited from these very courts.

 

  1. Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers is a quiet beach town. If you are looking for a true-blue beach town, then Fort Myers is an ideal choice. The beach is very popular but even more popular is the pier. Several tourists enjoy playing volleyball under the pier or simply sitting under it. The beach is surrounded by ice-cream shops, shops selling beach clothes, and restaurants. Fort Myers Beach is also a favorite with water sports enthusiasts. Popular options include kayaking and parasailing. Plenty of accommodation options are available near the beach.

 

  1. St. George Island State Park
St. George Island State Park

St. George Island State Park is located at northern Florida, near Panama City. It has been left underdeveloped and in a natural state like most state parks in the US. The beach is filled with fine white sand and is a great location for swimming and sunbathing. It is also good for picnicking and camping. The park also features sixty modern camping sites with electricity, water, and 2 showers. There are two more primitive campsites which can be accessed with a kayak or a canoe. They can also be accessed by a hiking trail which runs for over 2.5 miles. The beach is usually quite crowded during the summer months. The park also offers options for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birding, wildlife watching, boating and hiking.

 

  1. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is an excellent choice for a quick getaway. It offers quick relief from the hustle and bustle of city life. The soft sandy beaches are excellent for swimming, sunbathing and for walking. In 2016, the beach was named as the number 1 beach in the US by travel website Tripadvisor. Clearwater Beach is the ideal choice for families. There is the Beach Walk Promenade, which is a wonderful place to walk around. Then there is the Sand Key Park. At the beach, you can borrow an umbrella or a cabana. Or you can simply move towards Pier 60 for some peace and quiet.

 

  1. Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, like many other beaches in Florida, is  crowded during summer. Located at Florida Panhandle, the beach runs for over 27 miles and is covered with white sand. The color of the sand is perfectly complemented by the turquoise water of the Gulf. The beach is home to 2 state parks and is filled with plenty of restaurants which serve delicious seafood. The waters of the Gulf of the Mexico are popular with scuba divers who love diving inside the artificial reefs.

 

  1. Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is a beach with many ‘hard-packed’ areas. This means that the sand is intensely dense in those areas. You can take a car and drive it right on the beach. Daytona is largely famous because of NASCAR racing, but the beach isn’t much behind. A popular attraction during spring break, nowadays the beach attracts tourists of all ages. The weather is gorgeous throughout the year, with many describing it as an ‘endless summer.’ If you happen to visit the beach in July, make sure to take part in the various festivals leading up to the Fourth of July.

 

  1. Miami Beach
Miami Beach

Miami Beach wins awards regularly for its neatness and cleanliness. If you are looking for an urban beach, then Miami Beach should be your first choice. It is a favorite with sunbathers and is always crowded with them when the sun is shining bright. While South Beach is more bold and vibrant in terms of nature, North Beach is relatively laid back. The latter is especially popular with families because of its large walking areas. North Beach is also close to the North Shore Historic District, which is filled with both historic and modern treasures.

Originally posted 2017-06-13 05:45:56.

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