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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 😉