The southern beaches of Florida are some of the best beaches in the world. I'm talking crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and beautiful weather all year long 😍 Does it get better than that?! If you're looking to escape the cold winter weather, you're reading the right article!
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen some of the gorgeous beaches I've been to. I'm here to list my favorite beaches to help you plan your next tropical trip.
The first beach on my list is Siesta Key, located off the coast of Sarasota, FL. This beach was ranked the #1 beach in the entire USA in 2020 by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards, for the third time since 2015. Once you get there, you'll see why!
Siesta Key is one of the most popular beaches around and has a ton of things to do. The keys surrounding it are also gorgeous and a short drive away, so you can find the exact scenery you're looking for.
However, if you're looking for the world's most famous beach, look no further than Daytona. This beach city hosts the annual Jeep Beach event that die-hard Jeepers flock to annually (aside from this year's cancellation due to COVID). Daytona Beach has fun events you can normally attend throughout the year, including Bike Week, another big tradition in the area. There are tons of shops and restaurants to browse, as well as endless options of places to stay.
Located just north of Daytona is the huge city of Jacksonville. Like Daytona and other east coast beaches in Florida, you are allowed to drive on them, unlike the west coast of Florida. If you're looking to camp out on the beach for the day, you'll love it here. There are sooo many beaches and parks to enjoy in the Jacksonville area.
When you think of Florida beaches, you almost always think of Miami. This city is incredibly fun and offers a variety of beach access points, but keep in mind parking is very limited. If you're looking for a mix of city and beach fun, this is the spot for you. Not to mention, if part of your travel criteria is entertainment and nightlife, nothing beats the Miami scene.
Another big tourist destination on the gulf coast is Marco Island. This gorgeous island is known for it's beautiful seashells, white sand beaches, and inviting ocean views. I highly suggest booking a hotel and using their private beach because many of them require a day fee and parking can be scarce. That aside, you will love this beautiful island and everything it has to offer.
A few hours north you can find Anna Maria Island. This cute spot isn't far from Siesta Key and boasts a casual and family friendly environment. It's easy to find beach access here and there's lots of delicious food options so you can't go wrong. You can even ride horses through the ocean here!
The last beach on my list is right on the coast of Tampa. Clearwater is a beautiful spot to play on the beach, paddleboard with the manatees, or catch one of the famous Florida sunsets. Since it's so close to St. Petersburg and Tampa, you'll have countless options for food, lodging and entertainment.
Thanks for checking out my blog! What are your favorite beaches to visit in Florida?