10 Great Beaches of Florida That Are A Must Sea

Florida is a hot spot for vacationers – the weather is perfect year round – the waters are blue and you can find plenty of people enjoying the outdoors getting their sun in! Here are the beaches that only the residents know about – we wanted to let you in on the secret!

1. Rosemary Beach, South Walton FL

Source: Rosemarybeach.com

Source: Rosemarybeach.com

Fall in love with Rosemary Beach! Named by CNN as one of America’s most romantic small towns, Rosemary Beach is that quaint and charming town with a beach. Charming shops will surprise you with handmade and local treasures. Farm-to-table restaurants will impress you with creative menus and fresh flavors.

2. Siesta Key

Source: Yogaonsiestakey.com

Source: Yogaonsiestakey.com

Siesta Key Beach is central Sarasota’s gateway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an island with luxurious amenities and a relaxed vibe.

3. Anna Maria Island

Source: Loveelizabethtravels.com

Source: Loveelizabethtravels.com

Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida. A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line this barrier island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida.

4. Marco Island

Source: Vagabondish.com

Source: Vagabondish.com

located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Marco Island has been described as a magical, mystical and alluring attraction. The sun-washed white sand beaches and a casual easy paced lifestyle makes this beach a great get away.

5. Clearwater Beach

Source: Stpetersblog.com

Source: Stpetersblog.com

Ah, Clearwater Beach. So much fun and so much to do. Great vacation spot and there is always a ton of people at the beach to play volleyball with or even frisbee. Check out the article we posted on Clearwater to get a better idea of what else it has to offer besides this beautiful beach.

6. Shell Island

Source: Originbeachresort.com

Source: Originbeachresort.com

A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Shell Island is an approximately 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island running east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. Here you’ll find Florida at its most natural. No-one lives on the island and there are no stores, restaurants or facilities. It’s just as nature intended – perfect.

7. Fort De Soto

Source: Islandparadise.com

Source: Islandparadise.com

Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor, the world’s largest online travel community. Great place to snorkel and even kayak! Always a fun time in the sun.

8. Pensacola Beach

Source: Frankabbott.com

Source: Frankabbott.com

Located on Santa Rosa Island, one of the longest barrier islands in the world, and has been named among the nation’s top 10 beaches by TripAdvisor. After a long day of sun bathing, grab a delicious seafood dinner downtown 🙂

9. Cayo Costa State Park

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Source: quityourjobandliveonaboat.com

The best beaches are the ones you need to sail to get to. Sugar white sand with transparent blue & turquoise waters, what more can you ask for?

 10. Captiva Island

Source: Iloveshelling.com

Source: Iloveshelling.com

15 Miles of Beaches, 25 Miles of Bike Paths, 50 Kinds of Fish, 230 Kinds of Birds, 250 Kinds of Shells & 0 Traffic Lights. Our kind of paradise! Captiva Island is an island in Lee County Southwest Florida, located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island is just north of Sanibel Island.

Ahhh, lets us take a wild guess now. Your packing up your bags now to get to one of these wonderful beaches. But before you do THAT, let us rest this list of 10 Florida Islands You’d Rather Be Stranded On Right Now, jussssst so you can make a nice well-rounded decision 😉

  22 comments for “10 Great Beaches of Florida That Are A Must Sea

  1. Lynn
    June 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I am disappointed not to see Bathtub beach, located in Martin County, FL, listed here. Maybe that’s a good thing. We’ll keep it a secret.

    • Cybil
      June 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm


    • Faith
      June 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Are you from Martin County? I was raised in Palm City. Surprised myself that a few in the Jupiter area aren’t listed.

    • Anna
      June 23, 2015 at 5:24 am

      Just an insider…. it isn’t a secret anymore!!

    June 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Notify me of new post and this post

  3. Nancy connelly
    June 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I can’t wait to return to Florida again, I”ll be sure to visit some of those beaches

  4. June 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm


  5. June 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Love it!!!

  6. Karen
    June 7, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Recently discovered Anna Maria Island and fell in love! Been an East Coast Girl forever………until now!!

  7. Barbara Sowders
    June 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What about Mexico Beach? It is a wonderful quiet vacation spot with beautiful beach and not too many tourists

  8. carol earnest
    June 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful i am looking to move to somewhere like that

  9. linda Cook-Ott
    June 10, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I think St. Andrew Park in Panama City is a beautiful beach. Nothing but beautiful blue water and white sand. I used to take my boys there when we lived in North Florida

  10. Allison
    June 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    can anyone suggest a beautiful place on the Gulf Coast that is affordable for families.

  11. Amanda
    June 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Pensacola I actually live on the beach and it is wonderful

  12. Debbie & Jim Chapman
    June 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    We have the #3 beach in the country. It’s St. George Island, which is within a park on the island. We’re in Franklin County, The Forgotten Coast of Florida, which is in the north panhandle of Florida. Look us up & come visit to see for yourself.

    • Di
      July 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      I agree about St. George Island. Oh the white sand, the clear water. My family loves it!!

  13. Debbie & Jim Chapman
    June 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    We live in Franklin County Florida and we have the #3 beach in the country. It’s St. George Island which is within a park & it’s gorgeous. You’ll have to come visit & see for yourself.

  14. Geri
    June 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Indian Shores is my favorite beach in Florida. A quiet beach and we stay across the road at Barefoot Beach Resort when we travel to Florida.

  15. Andy
    June 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Pinellas County (the “Suncoast”) scores 3 out of the top 10 beaches in Florida. We ROCK!
    FYI, you need a boat to get to Shell Island. Fort DeSoto’s north beach is out of this world. Also, if you have a boat, check out Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse, Caledisi Island, Three Rooker Island, and Egmont Key (actually in Hillsboro County but only accessible from Pinellas County) beaches.

  16. June 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Siesta key and Anna Maria island are definately beautiful

  17. Kim
    June 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    These pictures are wonderful and I am sure the beaches are just as beautiful as the pictures. I would have loved to see a map with this article showing where all the beaches are.

  18. Yazmin Torres Gallardo
    June 23, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Siesta Key is gorgeous. You should go there during the summer, Sunday at Sunset they have the Drum Circle with belly dancers, music, food, it’s amazing

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