The gentle sea with the purest water and the magnificent sandy beaches of Florida attract more and more tourists yearly. The crystal turquoise color of the seawater sets the level of your vacation somewhere between stunning and perfect. So if you are looking for the perfect sea, this is your place!

General information

Long straight beaches dominate the coast of Florida. Large spaces mean you can always find a comfortable place to relax. That is why travelers appreciate these places so much. One of the disadvantages of this type of beach is the scarce natural shade, so if you choose to relax on the wild part of the coast, be prepared to be alone with the scorching sun without the opportunity to take cover in a cool shade.

Regarding location, Florida is dominated by beaches outside urban areas in a natural setting. They may not be convenient for all categories of travelers (you can use filtering by access type or audience), primarily due to possible access difficulties. But they always give you extra points due to the amazing natural views, so isn't that why most of us go to the beach?

Calm, measured rest and the sound of waves are perhaps the most common associations that arise with the word "beach". This is not surprising, as relaxation is exactly what many beach travelers are looking for. If you associate your vacation primarily with such activity, choose one of the 249 beaches in the state.

To make your choice easier, we have prepared a list of the best beaches for relaxation in Florida.

The beaches of Florida can be a good choice for senior travelers, as there are 88 beaches equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay for this group of travelers.

In most cases, older travelers are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday and have high demands on infrastructure. This type of beach is the opposite of the party ones preferred by the younger generation. So if you are interested in this type, you can also explore the beaches for the seniors in the entire beach map of United States.

For pet lovers, and even more so for dog owners, the first question always arises whether it is possible to take your pet to the beach since entry with it, in most cases, can be prohibited.

Florida is an exception in this case, since on average there are more pet-friendly beaches than nearby state. According to our data there are 29 beaches which have guaranteed access with pets, a full list of beaches can be found on this page. So you will be sure that you and your pet will have a great time under the gentle sun.

Attraction and Infrastructure

Hundreds of beaches in Florida attract every year not only relaxation lovers but also those travelers who prefer outdoor activities and, first of all SUP boarders, kite surfers, kayakers.

So, let's see what activities you can do on the beaches:

  • SUP is a relatively young sport that attracts more and more followers every year. Whether you are an experienced SUP rider or want to discover this activity, Florida is the perfect place for you. More than 59 beaches are popular among SUP boarders. Who knows, you will become an enthusiastic fan of SUP after visiting these beaches.
  • Kite or windsurfing. We know firsthand how difficult it is sometimes to find the right place for your favorite activity, especially if it is kite or windsurfing. So if you are a fan of these activities, then Florida may be the right choice for you, as there are over 50 beaches popular among kiters and windsurfers. There will be a fair wind, we are sure!
  • Sea kayaking is an excellent alternative to long walks along the coast. Instead of being bored on the beach, you can go for a leisurely journey and discover the beauty of the neighboring coves, inlets and wild beaches. Remember, the main gems are always accessible only from the water. Kayaking is an excellent active lifestyle solution for both professionals and beginners. About 43 beaches in Florida can be interesting for kayakers, the most popular are: Clearwater Beach, Marco Beach.

Do you love an active lifestyle but would prefer something other than water activities? Then on the beaches of Florida you can actively spend time playing volleyball. Although this state does not have the privileged status of the volleyball capital of United States, it may well compete for this title because there are about 47 beaches where you can play volleyball.

As for the main features of the beaches of Florida, they are as follows:

  • The state's beaches are mainly wide, long and have a high level of cleanliness. The most common surface is sand of bright color.
  • Usually, entry into the water is gentle, which is very good for kids. There are 208 such beaches.
  • The average distance from the road to beach in Florida is less than 500 meters. 229 beaches are relatively easy to access, 3 beaches are difficult to access, which in most cases means that you have to walk a quite long distance, and 17 beaches are only accessible from the water. The latter include both island beaches and beaches with no land routes due to the natural borders.

The vast majority of Florida beaches have the necessary amenities, such as sun loungers, umbrellas, beach cafes, showers and toilets.

For campers, important information is the availability of campsites in the state. There are such places near the 19 beaches of Florida. 18 of them are official campsites, with all the necessary (showers, toilets, shops, cafes).

Please note that lifeguards supervise 143 beaches in the state, but you should rely on more than just them, remember the elementary rules, as lifeguards are not on duty around the clock, even on equipped beaches!

There are not many restaurants in Florida, so finding them can sometimes be difficult, especially near the beach. For more information, visit the page of the beach you are interested in.

Finding hotels in relative proximity to the beaches is usually fine. Many beaches have enough nearby accommodation, which gives good opportunities to choose the right place to stay.

And, probably, the most popular question among travelers: “What sights of Florida can be found relatively close to the beaches?” The total number is not very large, but this does not indicate a limited choice, rather the need for a more detailed research of the state. There are sure to be many more places to visit!

The hottest month of the state is August - air temperature during this time warms up to 31.5°C and water up to 31.1°C. The coldest month is January - air temperature drops to 16.6°C and water to 17.4°C.

Do you know how many beaches there are in Florida? In total there are 249 beaches and the most popular is Navarre Beach.