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Popular Beach Destinations in Florida

Posted on 13. Dec, 2013 by in Vacations

Whether you are looking for the perfect place for a remote getaway, or a sun-drenched, family-friendly, big city beach, with a little research you are bound to find just the right stretch of coastline among the many popular destinations in Florida.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach County itself has more than 47 miles of gorgeous shoreline beaches, including the well-known Palm Beach, a half-mile-wide and 14-mile long paradise of sand and sun. This famous area has been a winter home for the Kennedy family, the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, and a host of other millionaire patrons. Here you will find some of the most popular destinations in Florida for fine dining, shopping, and opulent hospitality services, not to mention the breathtaking scenery. The nearby John D. MacArthur State Park also provides the perfect place for families to explore Florida’s abundant marine and coastal wildlife.

Delray Beach

This charming village beach is just north of Boca Raton, at Ocean and Atlantic Avenues, and receives nearly 1 million visitors a year. The 2-mile-long stretch of coast is ideal for a family outing of swimming, sunbathing, and sandcastle-building. Nearby Atlantic Avenue provides an opportunity to take a break from the sun to enjoy fresh seafood and unique local boutiques, as well as the captivating architecture of the Pineapple Grove Arts District.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel Island is a unique barrier isle whose east-west orientation makes it an exceptional place for beach-combers and shell-hunters looking to collect some of the perfectly intact specimens that wash onto its shores, including conches, scallop, and cockle shells. The most remote and isolated stretch of the island is Bowman’s Beach, and Lighthouse Beach features a rustic boardwalk with views of the historic lighthouse itself.

Captiva is another of Florida’s famed Shell Islands, and is generally a good place to find larger shell varieties. The island’s Turner Beach is not particularly good for swimming, due to the fast local currents, but is perfect for beach combing and shell hunting.

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater beach on the Gulf Coast covers three miles of the Pinellas Peninsula, with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the calm Tampa Bay on the east. This beach features numerous cozy beachfront hotels and wide, sandy shores perfect for beach volleyball, sunbathing and parasailing, as well as opportunities for fishing and dolphin-watching cruises. Families can also head inland to one of the local museums or aquariums.

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