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Florida's Best Beaches

If there’s one thing Florida is known for, it’s the amazing beaches, spread across more than 1,300 miles of coastline: from north of Jacksonville all the way south to Key West, wrapping around the Gulf of Mexico and up through the Panhandle. All the sunset action takes place in the west, while the Atlantic coast beaches are where you’ll find the best scuba diving and surfing. If one place can claim to have a beach for every taste, it’s Florida.
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1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
For a taste of the good life, head to South Beach, known for its Art Deco hotels lining Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, glittering nightlife, and see-and-be-seen vibe. The long stretch of beach, starting with the pier at the...
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Anna Maria Island, Florida, USA
This barrier island accessed by a bridge just west of Bradenton and about an hour south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast is a sleepy hideaway with gorgeous powder-fine beaches and no chain stores or hotels in sight. Beach cruisers and golf carts...
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Vero Beach, FL, USA
After storms, and especially hurricanes, the sands of Vero Beach are busy with beachcombers swaying metal detectors from side to side. They’re looking for treasure washed ashore from the Spanish galleons that wrecked here in 1715, giving this...
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Vilano Beach, FL 32084, USA
North Florida’s beaches hardly get the attention of those farther south or on the Gulf of Mexico. But there’s a lot to love about this laid-back surf community just north of St. Augustine’s busy historic district. The...
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Atlantic Beach, FL, USA
Few beach towns in Florida can boast the independent spirit and atmospheric setting of Atlantic Beach. The northernmost of the Jacksonville Beaches, the mostly residential community has just one hotel—the lovely One Ocean Resort—and the dunes are...
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Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL, USA
About a 30-minute drive west of downtown Tampa, this popular beach on the Gulf of Mexico is built up with mid-range and luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants. But all that matters when you’re down on the shore is the sugar-fine sand and...
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1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
It's hard to beat a tranquil day on the beach, especially in the winter months when much of the country suffers from frigid weather. Fort Lauderdale Beach, long considered a rowdy spring break destination, has recently shed that reputation to...
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Daytona Beach, FL, USA
Daytona Beach's pier and retro boardwalk offer old-fashioned seaside amusements. Drop some quarters in the arcade and sample saltwater taffy. For a bird’s-eye view of the ocean, go for a whirl on the beachside Ferris wheel. Ocean Walk Village and...