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Amelia Island
Amelia Island State Park
Amelia Island FL

Located near Jacksonville, Amelia Island State Park protects over 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness, including beautiful beaches, salt marshes, and coastal maritime forests. The only state park to offer horseback riding on the beach, a 45-minute riding tour is available through the forest and along the Atlantic Coast beach. Fishermen can surf fish along the shoreline or fish from the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier which spans Nassau Sound. Amelia Island State Park is the perfect place for viewing shore birds, with black skimmers, piping plovers, terns, white pelicans, and many other birds.

Bahia Honda
Sandspur Beach
Bahia Honda FL

Sandspur is the largest beach in Bahia Honda State Park, located on the southeast end of the island. There are three large pavilions in the Sandspur area and a bathhouse with outdoor, fresh water showers. The park covers 540 acres of the islands 600 acres, and is known for beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, and excellent snorkeling. In 1992, Sandspur Beach was named the best beach in America.

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach
1130 Cleveland Street
Clearwater Beach FL 33755
Tel: 727-461-0011   Fax: 727-449-2889
Clearwater and its island beaches are one of Florida's most popular vacation spots. Because of our world-renown beaches, our extensive recreational opportunities, including the largest recreational fishing fleet on the West Coast of Florida, walking distance to restaurants and attractions, and all types of accommodations designed to fit every budget and taste, and nature-based attractions, we are the place to play in Tampa Bay!

Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach FL

Daytona Beach is known world wide for its annual Spring Break events, drawing college students from many nations to enjoy the beach. For years, Daytona Beach drew more Spring Break visitors than any other destination in the world. Daytona Beach is also home of the largest motorcycle gathering in the world, Bike Week. Held in early March, bike enthusiasts from around the world gather here each year to see new and unusual motorcycles. Daytona's wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle races beginning in 1902, as pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. Automobiles are still permitted on the beach, although now only at slow speeds.

Dunedin
Caladesi Island State Park
Dunedin FL

For serenity and seclusion, Caladesi Island State Park is ideal. One of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand shores have been rated as one of the nation’s best beaches. Located off the coast of Dunedin, Florida, Caledesi Island State Park is actually comprised of six islands and more than 2,500 acres of surrounding mangroves and tidal flats and sea grass beds. Accessible only by private boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park, there are picnic tables, shelters, a marina, a snack bar, and a gift shop.

Fort Myers Beach
Lover's Key Beach
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach FL 33931

Lover’s Key State Park was ranked as the fourth most popular destination in the Florida State Park system. Lover’s Key is a group of islands in the Gulf of Mexico between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach. Motorboats are not permitted within the park, but kayaking and canoeing are popular. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. It has picnic areas, canoe rentals, restrooms, rinse-off showers and a snack bar. The bay side has a boat ramp, volleyball areas and more picnic areas.

Key Biscayne
Cape Florida State Recreation Area
Key Biscayne FL

Frequently named one of Americas top 10 beaches, Cape Florida State Recreation Area offers a wide sand beach over a mile long to attract sunbathers, swimmers, and picnickers. Fishing, biking and kayaking are also popular activities. Cape Florida is home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County, with guided tours at 10 and 1 Thursday through Monday.

Key West
Smathers Beach
Key West FL

A two mile long man-made strip of sand is one of the best-known beaches in Key West, Smathers Beach has Florida charm with a Caribbean-Mexican flare. This beach is an excellent choice if you have children, with plenty of parking, restrooms, concession stands, chair rentals, picnic tables, watersport rentals and more. Nearby John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers a unique underwater experience. With living reefs and a submersed bronze statue called Christ of the Abyss, this area of Florida has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the country.

Merritt Island
Canaveral National Seashore
Merritt Island FL

Canaveral National Seashore covers 57,000 acres and is the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. Throughout the year enjoy lagoon and surf fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and backcountry camping. Located just north of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral National Seashore offers an excellent view of launch operations. Remember, as a protected wilderness area, running water and showers are not available.

Miami Beach
South Beach
Miami Beach FL

South Beach is more beautiful than any on the French Riviera, with a wide stretch of soft, white sand, warm blue-green water and gentle waves. Add palm trees and puffy white clouds to the blue sky and you have the picture postcard definition of the perfect beach. South Beach is famously filled with energy, nightlife options, celebrity sightings and beautiful people, with shirtless bodybuilders showing off rock-hard abs, thong-clad ladies strutting their stuff and bohemians strumming flamenco riffs on guitars.

Naples
The Finer Side of Island Life
Naples FL

In this Southwest Florida beach town, elements of big city life mix with miles of beautiful coastline to create a rich, tropical air. Here, it's just as natural to go strolling through high-end boutiques and art galleries in Naples' fashionable downtown as it is to go barefoot, collecting seashells on a pristine island.

Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach FL

Panama City Beach has been recognized by the Travel Channel, Southern Living Magazine and Dr. Beach as a top US beach destination for its emerald green and sapphire blue waters and sugary white sand. The soft sand is actually quartz crystals, broken down, bleached, polished and deposited on the shoreline by the wave action. Located at the east end of Panama City Beach, St. Andrews State Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in Florida, a 1,260-acre park with thick forests, sand dunes covered with sea oats, fresh and saltwater marshes, a lagoon swimming area, fishing jetties, hiking trails, 1.5 miles of beach and two campgrounds.

Port St. Joe
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Port St. Joe FL

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sugar sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested wilderness preserve interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, offering picnicking, swimming, camping, saltwater fishing, boating and wilderness hiking. St. Joseph Park also provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; over 240 species have been sighted in the park.

Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island FL

Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida near Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is world renowned for its shelling beaches. Almost a third of the island is covered by the J. N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge, with excellent bird watching opportunities. The city of Sanibel enjoys a laidback lifestyle and is determined to keep it. There are no stoplights on the island, and no new buildings are allowed that are higher than the tallest palm trees.

Siesta Key
Siesta Key Public Beach
Siesta Key FL

Siesta Key Public Beach is renowned for its breath-taking sunsets, easy-going waves, and gorgeous, crystal-white sand. The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. Named “The Best Sand Beach in America” by the Travel Channel in 2004, Siesta Key beach offers tennis and volleyball courts, shaded playground and picnic area, and convenient concession stands. Shallow water near the shoreline and year-round lifeguard protection make it a great family beach.

St. Augustine Beach
Anastasia State Park
St. Augustine Beach FL

Located just south of historic St. Augustine on Anastasia Island, Anastasia State Park boasts a broad beach flanked by sand dunes and a lagoon bordered by rich tidal marshes. Camping, beachcombing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife-viewing, canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, with nature trails that wander through sand dunes shaded by hammock forest. The park has 139 campground sites equipped for both tent campers and RVers.

St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach FL

St. Pete Beach is a 4.5 mile long stretch of sandy beach located on Long Key, a barrier island off the coast of St. Petersburg. On the southern tip of St. Pete Beach is Pass-a-Grille, a historic district that started as a fishing village and includes the historic Don Cesar Hotel. Also called “the Pink Castle”, the Don Cesar is known for its rich history and famous clientele. St. Pete Beach offers a wide variety of shorelines, art galleries, restaurants and bed & breakfasts to draw tourist from all over the world

Tierra Verde
Fort Desoto Park
Tierra Verde FL

Fort Desoto Park’s North Beach was named America’s best beach in 2005. Fort Desoto Park occupies 1136 acres on five interconnected islands in southern Pinellas county and is named for the 1898 Fort built for the Spanish-American War. Fort Desoto has several ruined buildings open for the public, as well as four 12 inch mortars and two 6 inch rifled artillery pieces. Both North Beach and East Beach have made the top ten list numerous times. Fort Desoto Park has two fishing piers, paved bike trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and camping areas.

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