Top 25+ Florida Beaches

From the Panhandle to Key West, Florida has some of the world's best beaches, and that's official. The Sunshine State constantly gets a mention in the Top 10 Beaches in the World, including Sanibel Island, Siesta Key Beach, Barefoot Beach Preserve and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

Florida has 825 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches along the calm Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic-facing East Coast. The Panhandle beaches boast emerald Gulf waters and white sand that actually sparkles due to a high content of quartz. For shelling, Marco Island is hard to beat while Caspersen Beach is the place to find fossilized sharks' teeth that regularly wash ashore.

On the Atlantic coast Cocoa Beach aka "Surf City" celebrates the relentless surf although the best breaks are south of Sebastian Inlet and on Palm Beach's Reef Road. Miami Beach is all about the "beautiful people", but the sand is pretty gorgeous too.

For crystal clear waters it's hard to beat The Keys, a chain of low-lying islands connected by 42 bridges along the Overseas Highway. The powder-soft white sand and lack of waves delivers clear aquamarine waters that are a mecca for snorkeling, scuba diving and sport fishing.

  • Miami South Beach

    Miami South Beach
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    South Beach is perhaps the ultimate urban beach. It has it all; history, style, quirkiness, class and as much partying as you want, not to mention a vast swathe of white sand beach bordering clear blue ocean. This is where the beautiful and rich come to play in the sunshine before hitting the nightlife of Ocean Drive after dark. South beach is brash, colorful and… read more »

  • Santa Rosa Beach

    Santa Rosa Beach
    © Barbara Reddoch

    Powdery white sand and the clear waters of the Gulf are all par for the course along Florida's Emerald Coast and Santa Rosa beach is no exception. Situated less than ten miles away from the ever popular beaches of Destin, what you get at Santa Rosa is a more laid back, and dare I say, upmarket experience. You can instantly tell there is money here… read more »

  • Hollywood Beach

    Hollywood Beach

    With its gorgeous white sand reaching out to turquoise waters, Hollywood Beach is a South Florida gem. Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the beach here stretches for 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. A boardwalk runs the length of the beach and is lined with all kinds of cafes, attractions and shops. If that isn't enough, then there is a trolley to… read more »

  • Barefoot Beach

    Barefoot Beach
    © lunamarina

    Barefoot Beach is in Bonita Springs on the southwest side of Florida. It is made up of a long white expanse of sand that stretch out along the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These waters are calm and warm, and the beach is set in a preserve surrounded by wildlife and greenery. The Barefoot Beach Preserve is 342 acres of land… read more »

  • Boca Grande Beach

    Boca Grande Beach
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  • Clearwater Beach

    Clearwater Beach
    © Elena Petrova

    Clearwater is yet another fantastic Florida beach situated on the barrier islands of the Gulf Coast. Located on the Pinellas Peninsula this white sand beach stretches for over 3 miles (5 km) along the calm, clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater beach is one of Florida's best rated family beaches and there is plenty to back this up. Along with the great… read more »

  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    This pristine tropical beach forms a mile long of a seemingly endless stretch of white powder sands which make up a barrier island off the coast of Naples in southwest Florida. With clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to one side and tidal creeks and mangroves the other the 166 acre Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is both a beachgoer's and nature lover's paradise.

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  • Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Fort Lauderdale beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand that runs alongside the crystal clear blue waters of the ocean. It is quieter than Miami, with more of a family-friendly feel than a wild college party destination. The promenade that runs behind the beach is lined with palm trees and there is always plenty going on.

    This beach at Fort Lauderdale is clean with… read more »

  • Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

    Fort Zachary Taylor Beach
    © Chris Schieman

    Set on the western tip of Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor is Florida's most southerly state park. It is also home to what is highly regarded as Key West's best beach.

    A stretch of near-white coral sand, lapped by the clear blue waters of the what feels like the Caribbean Sea make this spot is idyllic. The look is completed by a backdrop of palm trees… read more »

  • Haulover Beach

    Haulover Beach

    White sand, clear turquoise sea - nothing unusual there for a Florida beach. Oh, and clothes are optional! That's right, the northern third of Haulover is an officially sanctioned nude beach.
    But there is more to Haulover beach than getting naked - this beach has a fantastic array of amenities and things to do making it one of the best family beaches in the… read more »

  • Siesta Key Beach

    Siesta Key Beach
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    Frequently cited as the USA's best beach on account of its brilliant white sand, turquoise waters and laid back feel, Siesta Key is a worthy contender for the title. Located on the eight mile long Gulf Coast barrier island of Siesta Key the beach here is made from some of the finest sand on the planet; 99% quartz, the white sand is apparently unusually cool… read more »

  • Bowman's Beach Park

    Bowman's Beach Park
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  • Grayton Beach

    Grayton Beach
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  • Marco Beach

    Marco Beach
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  • Sanibel Island

    Sanibel Island
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    Sanibel Island is a barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast. Whilst there are several other such islands in the vicinity, only Sanibel has an "east to west" orientation which apparently makes for sandy beaches and helps explain why this beach is considered a shell-seeker's paradise. Until the 1960s Sanibel Island was only connected to the mainland by a ferry. These days a huge bridge connects… read more »