Since we’ve lived in Florida for over 27 years, my husband and I have visited plenty of beaches in the state. We love to explore different beaches in the summer, and that means it may take a couple of years before we go back to the same beach. We may also revisit a place to bring our daughter since she’s the youngest one. It’s fun to rediscover a place after a few years and remember things we have already done there. Florida has so many gorgeous beaches, and I know this list should be much longer. But these seven Florida beaches are my favorite! They will charm you and keep you coming back for more! I’ve listed them in no particular ranking.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
What I love about Fort Lauderdale beach is that it has beautiful palm trees and lots of shade. You can park on the road, which is steps from the beach. There are plenty of restaurants, hotels and cafés right across the street from the beach. It’s a more family-oriented version of South Beach, Miami, FL. It’s not as crowded either, so it’s perfect for kids!
Honeymoon Island Beach
Honeymoon Island Beach is on the Guld Coast near the Tampa/Clearwater area. This beach is so serene that is perfect to bring your floaties. The white sands and turquoise waters go for miles. This is a Florida state park so there is plenty of parking and bathrooms close by. Definitely bring an umbrella, there are no palm trees on this beach. You will probably find a secluded location and just enjoy the birds, sand and water for hours. There are no shops or restaurants nearby, make sure to pack lots of water and snacks.
Clearwater Beach is absolutely fabulous and it’s located in a beautiful and dynamic town. This is a favorite of most Orlando residents. The beach has fine white sand and crystal clear water (hence the name). You can go very far and is very shallow, with tiny waves, which makes it perfect for toddlers. There’s a lot going on at the beach and it gets crowded. You must get there around 8 am to secure a parking spot near the beach. I like to be close to the pier for shade as there are no palm trees. Also, we love to take pictures around and inside the pier. The view of the hotels along the beach is amazing! You can go fishing right from the pier. This town has a lot of entertainment for kids and grown-ups equally, and it’s perfect for a weekend stay.
Ana Maria Island Beach
If you love colorful beach cottages and not so crowded beaches, this is the beach for you. Besides, look at that gorgeous water! The parking may be a little challenging and the area is mostly residential. You’ll have to drive around town to find a place to eat, but there is a super cute ice cream shop that you cannot miss. Ana Maria Island is located south of Tampa on the Florida Gulf Coast.
There’s a reason why they call it the #1 Beach in the US. This beach is fantastic for kids! There’s ample space so it will never feel crowded and is super shallow for about a mile in. It has fine white sand that stays cool and beautiful clear water. There is a super cool beach town where you can walk everywhere, take pictures, go to restaurants and is all along one road. This beach gets many tourists year-round and parking is extremely limited. If you are not staying close by, you must get there very early or be prepared to wait for a spot.
Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, FL
This is a small beach on the Atlantic Coast north of Palm Beach. With amazing low level rock formations, it makes the perfect beach for exploration, and I haven’t met any kid who doesn’t love exploring. When you walk along the beach you find tiny crabs & fish, stingrays, starfish, sea urchins and shells. It’s not super crowded and is perfect to watch the sunset. It’s a county park, which means you will be able to find parking, but there aren’t any options nearby for food or drinks.
South Beach, Miami
South Beach is a gorgeous beach with turquoise waters, palm trees, Insta-worthy colorful lifeguard houses and the beautiful Art Deco buildings across the street. You will find a beachfront playground on 14th St and Ocean Dr. on Lummus Park. Go during the week and you will find parking a few blocks away. I recommend to take a walk along Ocean Dr., enjoy the loud Spanish music, and stop for lunch at any of the side walk restaurants. As long as you go during the day, they are ok for kids. You will also find Lincoln Mall a few blocks away with plenty of well-known name brand shops, galleries and great restaurants. Make sure to bring a babysitter for at least one night, South Beach has the most incredible nighttime action!
I hope to have inspired you to explore more of Florida magical beaches. Visiting the beaches on the panhandle is next in our bucket list. The beaches there are absolutely dreamy! I’m hoping we can go soon. What Florida beaches do you plan to visit this summer? Which ones have you visited already? Any recommendations? Leave me your comments below. I’d love to read about them!