14 Very Best Beaches in Florida To Visit – Hand Luggage Only

There is something really special about Florida! Not only is it filled with some great places to visit, but it also has great national parks, amazing cities, and some of the best beaches in Florida that you really can’t miss.

Over the years, we’ve visited Florida countless times and explored all over the state. From the pristine islands of the Florida Keys to the coastal vibes of Pensacola or Clearwater. There is a little piece of Florida that suits and surprises every type of traveler.

This is exactly the reason why I want to share some of the best beaches in Florida which are total gems to experience.

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Take a look below at the best beaches in Florida. Have the best time to explore and relax in the waves!

1.) Cocoa Beach

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Cocoa Beach is one of the best beaches in Florida and is great for a day at the beach. Honestly, it’s the kind of beach that’s great for most coastal experiences, especially with the surfing and parasailing that make this area so much fun.

In need of a sweet treat? Head to Florida Key Lime Pie Company for (you guessed it) Key Lime Pie. It is absolutely delicious and all homemade. Additionally, you may be able to meet Sweetie, the resident crocodile who is a local celebrity here.

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Now, if you don’t fancy a whole trip to the beach on your own, you can easily share this with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center which is a total dream come true to visit.

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2.) Hollywood Beach

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Just shy of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach is a great coastline to stay (and visit) for a few chilling days. With great hotels and shoreline properties, it has everything you need to make your trip to the beach totally easy.

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Also, if you’re an early riser, head out for a walk and watch the sunrise on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. It’s totally cool and quiet at this time of the day.

3.) Fort DeSoto County Park

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Just shy of St. DeSoto’s Beach, Fort DeSoto County Park is. Pete’s Beach, an idyllic and completely unspoiled area of ​​Florida, is a very cool area that can’t be missed.

Fort DeSoto County Park has been preserved as a county park, and has a lot to brag about! In fact, it has some of the best beaches in Florida which are as popular with the locals as it is with the visitors.

North Beach is an easy favorite to visit, along with East Beach too! They both have their own charms and you can’t go wrong with either of them.

Not only that, but you can spot a lot of wild animals here. During the months of April, through to September, loggerhead turtles can be found specifically nesting in beaches. This means that extra caution is required when touring the coast.

Further Read: Best Things To Do In The Florida Keys

4.) St Pete Beach

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We spent about 5 days exploring Saint Pete Beach and the greater Saint Petersburg area; It was incredible!

After you check into Don Cesar, a Florida institution, be sure to check out one of the best beaches in Florida. You see, from here you can stroll and explore St Pete Beach or stroll south to the white sandy beach of Pass-a-Grille Beach.

The area around here is very beautiful and attractive too. Just be sure to stop at Crabby Bill’s for delicious seafood, take a trip to Saint Petersburg to see street art and have a meal at Bodega on Central for the best Cuban sandwiches.

Read more: Exploring St Pete, Florida

5.) Clearwater Beach

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Often voted as one of the best beaches in the United States, Clearwater Beach is a diamond on the Florida coast.

Best for its beachfront restaurants and soft sandbanks, Clearwater is a destination in itself.

Now, we visited in March and the weather was perfect (nice and calm) – which we loved! Though, it can get busier in the holiday season.

Best of all, there are plenty of things to do in Clearwater; From going swimming to adventurous acts like parasailing, cruises and kayaking. Clearwater has something for everyone.

Read more: Where we’ve been eating, staying and chilling in Clearwater

6.) St. George Island State Park

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

St. George Island State Park is a great place to visit if you are driving from Orlando to Pensacola. It’s roughly halfway between both and well worth an afternoon trek if you fancy some chilly time.

The whole island is absolutely immaculate and looks like it would have done for centuries. Such is the beauty of the coast here, it feels untouched.

The beach itself extends over the entire southern extension of the island and stretches for miles. This means that you will never feel overcrowded or overcrowded at the beach…even during peak visiting times.

After a day at the beach, hop to Paddy’s Raw Bar for some local Apalachicola oysters you can get your hands on. It’s absolutely gorgeous and relaxing, and a great place to relax before getting away from the beach.

Further Read: Best Places To Visit In Jacksonville

7.) Siesta Key, Lido Beach, Sarasota Beach, Crescent Beach (Sarasota)

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Nestled within the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Key is a totally delightful barrier island that has its own charm as it comes!

Even better, the beaches of Siesta Key will never disappoint and are among the best beaches in Florida that can easily be visited. With sparkling white sand and warm water temperatures, this is the place to go with the whole family.

This is especially true because the waves are a bit calmer than the Atlantic coast; However, this does not mean that you should still not take a great deal of care. Remember that the sea can be dangerous.

Read more: Best things to do in Port Charlotte

8.) Bahia Honda State Park

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Located about 30 miles from Key West, Bahia Honda is one of the must-see places in the Florida Keys – especially if you love beaches!

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

While you’re here, be sure to take some time to soak up the rays at the very dreamy beaches of Calusa and Lakerhead. Although relatively small in size, it is a charming little area to explore even if it gets a little crowded at times.

Well worth a visit while exploring the wider Florida Keys.

Further Read: Best Things To Do In The Florida Keys

9.) Fort Lauderdale Beach

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

We had the most incredible time in Fort Lauderdale and absolutely loved the city (and nearby Hollywood too).

Often popular as its nearby sister, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach is a very popular place in Florida to visit. Best of all, it’s not just about sun, sea, and sand, too! Throughout the year, many different events are also held on the boardwalk and the beach itself. It’s quite a fun atmosphere and you can easily spend a good few days chilling here.

Plus, you can try your hand at water skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving too!

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10.) Gasparilla Island

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Just north of Fort Myers, Gasparilla Island is another unmissable Florida gem. In fact, I would say it has one of the best beaches in Florida that is totally easy to visit.

Totally calm and beautiful, the beach near the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is a must visit. Although not the largest, as with Florida beaches, it has a bit of charm and beauty that is totally worth a visit.

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Next, head to the South Beach Bar and Grille to grab a table. Their local crops are delicious and fresh!

Read more: Best things to do in Fort Lauderdale

11.) Anna Maria Island

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

South of St Pete’s Beach, Anna Maria Island is the perfect blend of pristine beach, cute little restaurants, and charm that is second to none.

For me, it is one of the best beaches in Florida for total relaxation and relaxation. You see, it’s not too far from amenities but quiet enough to feel a million miles away!

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

For a delicious dinner, head to Sandbar for crispy calamari. It has some of the best in Florida.

Further Read: Exploring St Petersburg In Florida

12.) South Beach (Miami)

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

I can’t mention the best beaches in Florida without mentioning South Beach in Miami. Love it or hate it, its coastline is gorgeous and well worth a visit while exploring the wider area of ​​South Florida.

After relaxing on the sand, head for a stroll around the historic Art Deco district and stop for a cheeky cocktail along the way. It’s a totally vibrant area that just can’t be sucked in!

Read more: Fun things to do in Miami

13.) Pensacola

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Pensacola is popular with visitors in the United States, and is less well known by international visitors who head to Florida. This means that it can be quieter than some of the other popular locations in Florida, especially when country-specific vacations mean more people are traveling.

Although more retro, Pensacola is a charming place that deserves a little love and a visit. We loved the shoreline at Pensacola Beach Park and it’s totally authentic.

Worked up appetite? Head to Flounder’s Chowder House which serves up some of the best chowder in the South! Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

14.) Sanibel Island

Best Beaches in Florida to Visit

Located in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is total vibe and has some of the best beaches in Florida. Some of our favorites are Gulfside City Park Beach and Bowman’s Beach (which are absolutely epic and pure).

If you’re heading to North Captiva Island (just off Sanibel Island), be sure to check out the Mainstay and Barnacles Bar. This is a cozy little restaurant that serves up the most delicious shrimp tacos.

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12 Best Places In Florida To Visit


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