The Best Beach Towns in Florida

Call us biased, but we think the Sunshine State is home to some of the best sandy beaches in the country. So the next time you want to get away, don’t spend the night in the quiet places in florida . Because hey, after the year we’ve had, we all deserve a break. Time to take advantage of that day itself, perhaps? Treat yourself and splurge on one of these complimentary vacations from Homes & Villas and Marriott International and more.

NAPLES

From peaceful beaches to delicious food to some of the most breathtaking sunsets we’ve ever seen, Naples feels like another world. Take the time to visit the Naples Beach Hotel, a historic property that has been around for over a century. Otherwise, check out Clam Pass Park and walk through the beautiful mangrove reservoir (about half a kilometer) until you reach the white sand beach.

KEY LARGO

Think of this beach area as a welcome change of pace from Miami, with beautiful sunsets, elegant restaurants, and quiet beachfront hotels.

BAL STOP

Welcome to Bal Harbour. You may know this area as the best beach area you drive up to Sunny Isles or South Beach. Although it’s barely a mile long, this neighborhood is vibrant—with plenty of designer shops, as well as enough schmancy upscale restaurants and luxury resorts and hotels to keep us entertained.

JACKSONVILLE

With more than 14 miles of quiet beach, Jacksonville is definitely a contender for the best beach town in the Sunshine State. Additionally, this city is filled with local art and a thriving food scene. Pro tip: Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the country, so you’ll likely want to spend most of your trip outside.

SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA LAND

You haven’t truly experienced the beauty of Florida until you’ve visited Sanibel and the Captiva Islands. Just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel is the perfect beach destination, filled with miles of clear water for boating, fishing and snorkelling—plus thousands of sea cucumbers waiting to be harvested. With beaches stretching over 15 miles, Captiva Island is its own paradise on earth, too.

ISLAMORADA

The four islands of Islamorada are known for their chic, small town vibe with museums, seafood restaurants, boating and great sunshine. Don’t miss Vavaki Park, which has 45 hectares of clear beaches with shallow turquoise water, plenty of sand and palm trees to sit on during the day. Additionally, book a sunset cruise at Robbie’s Marina, home to world-famous tarpon feeding, shopping and dining. You will cruise along the open ocean for nearly two hours, catching one of the most breathtaking sunsets in Florida.

WEAPONS OF THE SUN

Home to the best waterfront hotel in the world (hi, Acqualina Resort & Spa), Sunny Isles is one of our favorite beach towns. Just under two miles long, this slice of paradise offers good food, a healthy dose of walking, and plenty of things to do. The best part? One block north of Sunny Isles, escape the skyscrapers for acres of open beach. Set up shop with chairs, coolers and a stylish umbrella at Haulover Beach Park, which is one of the only places in Miami-Dade County with public sand and not a building in sight.

STREET. PETE

It’s fun year-round, but late winter to early spring is the best time to see the temperature of St. Pete’s prime is 75 degrees and peaceful. (Just aim to avoid the week when spring shooters burst into town.) In addition, Downtown St. Louis is a great place to live. Petersburg is less than six kilometers from St. Pete Beach. But because there is no traffic in the area, the drive is just under 15 minutes.

KEY WEST

Colorful beach houses, swaying palm trees, Ernest Hemingway’s historic home and the bustling bars of Duval Street—there’s nothing like Key West. Pro tip: Before you hit the Seven Mile Bridge on your way home, stop at Bahia Honda.

SURFSIDE explosion

Calm beaches and true luxury are what Florida beach town is all about. Across the beach, there is quite a bit of art deco history in Surfside. In the early ’30s, the Surf Club, one of the first luxury hotels to drop anchor in Miami, opened and quickly became a place for parties and famous guests such as Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor. Today, the property has been brought back to life as the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club.

By Zain Liaquat

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