Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs
Beaches / Snorkeling

America’s best beaches: Four in Florida make annual list but not #1 — again

Many of the best beaches in America are in Florida — four out of the top 10 in the annual Memorial Day weekend list. Those same four were runners up last year. See this year’s top beaches plus the seven Florida’s beaches previously crowned #1.

Beach horseback riding in Florida: Where to check this off your bucket list

Beach horseback riding in Florida: Where to check this off your bucket list

If riding a horse through sand and surf is your dream, here are a half dozen places in Florida that can make that dream come true. Riding opportunities are located on both coasts as well as in northern and southern Florida.

Key West beach. (Photo by Jenn Deering Davis)
Beaches / Florida Keys

Free beaches in the Florida Keys: Our map helps you find the best

As you drive through the Keys, here’s where to stop and dip your feet in the surf. We include all the best Keys beaches (both free and admission-fee) on our map.

Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne
Beaches / Historic / Southeast Florida

Cape Florida on Key Biscayne: Best beach, lighthouse, sangria and lunch

This state park is wilder and more natural than it has been for decades. In addition to the terrific beach and tropical hammock, visitors can tour the historic lighthouse, dine at restaurants with great views and walk or bike the trails. It’s a great destination for an urban region.

Kayak trail winds under boardwalk's bridge at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State
Beaches / Kayak & Canoe / Southeast Florida

Kayak trail to a hidden beach: St. Lucie Inlet Preserve

This state park fits my defination of a hidden paradise: A scenic kayak trail on a wild island that ends at a spectacular hidden beach you’ll have all to yourself. This little-known state park is accessible only by boat.

Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.
Beaches / Florida Keys / Historic / Snorkeling

Bahia Honda State Park: Nice beaches, but historic bridge is the star

With the best beach in the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda is a popular stop. But don’t miss the real star — the historic bridge. The park is also tops for camping and its cabins, though you have to plan way way ahead for that.

The bricks came all the way from New York.  The craftsman who knew how to lay the bricks came from England and Ireland.
Beaches / Florida Keys / Historic

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park: Key West’s hidden gem

What took me so long? Like a lot of visitors, I had overlooked Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on my visits to Key West because it is tucked away out of site. But the historic fort and great beach are worth discovering.

Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr
Beaches / Florida Roundups

2015 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for one of Florida’s natural thrills

Sea-turtle walks are like seeing a National Geographic film in person. But you need reservations to join these night-time beach walks to watch giant sea turtles nesting. May is the best time to book a turtle walk because many programs fill up immediately.

St. George's Island
Beaches / Fishing / Florida Roundups

Make a surf-fishing safari your next beach adventure

Surf fishing is a great way to get away from it all — alone or with the entire family. Be prepared with our popular checklist and how-to guide.

Pitch your tent in the sand.
Beaches / Camping / Northwest Florida / The Panhandle

Beach camping in Florida’s Panhandle

Falling asleep to the soothing rhythm of waves lapping on your own beach is every camper’s dream, so we pick the best beach campgrounds on Florida’s Panhandle.

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