The best beaches in Florida

Siesta Key

The Sunshine State is known for its beautiful beaches, whether you want to surf in the azure seas, bask under the glorious rays, hunt for seashells, build castles from the soft shimmering sand or indulge in some watersports, there is something for everyone’s tastes…

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Beach is bustling with activity and is one of the most vibrant and exciting beaches. If you are after solitude and serenity then you may want to look elsewhere. If you are after adventure and family fun, then you couldn’t pick a better spot. Every inch of the 3 mile long peninsula is dedicated to enjoyment. Volleyball, parasailing, dolphin watching and fishing are all on the menu. There are covered playgrounds, recreation centres and concession stands, as well as museums and aquariums. There are plenty of fine eateries and an abundance of beach-front hotels to choose from.

South Beach

South-Beach-Miami

South Beach, Miami is just as action packed as Clearwater, but it is catered for the 21 plus audience. With a rich abundant nightlife at its core, the days are spent sunbathing with a luxurious cocktail before dancing the night away in one of the legendary clubs. The beaches are lined with palm trees and frequented by buff beach bodies, often working out, taking an early morning run or showing off their perfect forms with some topless sunbathing. As well as the eye candy, there are some beautiful art deco features on South Beach. The stunning architecture even extends to the lifeguard stands. There are plenty of sports of offer and the view of the illuminated thriving city at night from the beach is breathtaking.

Key West

Key West

 

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For those who are more attracted to secluded serenity than cocktailed fuelled partying, Key West is a tranquil slice of paradise. The immaculate sand is soft and warm, the waters calm and shimmering. You can indulge in some scuba diving to search for marine life, or hire a glass bottomed kayak for two for a romantic boat ride with a twist. It’s worth hiring a bicycle and exploring the secret picnic spots and private mini beaches that you come across. Key West is the perfect honeymoon location and here you won’t be short on gorgeous accommodation to choose from.

Sanibel Beach

Sanibel Beach

Sanibel is scattered with beautiful immaculate seashells, making it a great beach for families and nature lovers. There are a few hidden gems along the stretch of Sanibel sands, such as Lighthouse Beach with its antiquated lighthouse and boardwalk, and the beautifully quiet Bowman’s Beach. There is enough to keep you occupied, great for families with young children and couples alike.

Siesta Key

Siesta Key

The stunning white sands are made up of 99% white quartz, which doesn’t just make them a striking colour with a magical sparkle. The sand is ideal for building sandcastles, but also retains its temperature despite the heat, which is very welcome at the height of Summer. Surprisingly, the quartz doesn’t add a roughness to the texture of the sand. In fact, it is beautifully silky and smooth making lying on it or playing in it a real pleasure. The cool sands, ideal sand castles conditions, shallow waters and attentive life guards make it the ideal family resort. In fact, the whole area is really kitted out for families, with a plethora of playgrounds, rental properties and family friendly activities on offer.

Holly’s passion for adventure was first inflamed during a family holiday to Africa at the tender age of seven. With a taste for the exotic, the off-beat and the far flung, her feet have stayed consistently twitchy and a studying for a degree in Japanese and art history only poured more fuel onto her travelling ardor. UK based Holly likes nothing better than unravelling new destinations through the people, the cuisine and the local stories, and a story teller herself, her other indulgences include spoken word poetry, playing the cello, photography and seeking out curios. Counting Japan, Paris, Barcelona and off-the-beaten track family adventures as her favourite travel destinations she’s also a regular columnist for The Green Parent Magazine, an author for Green Books and runs the website Natural Mumma.

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