Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs

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.

The beach is rocky but beautiful with good snorkeling. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Beach of the Week: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West 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.

Not a soul in sight.

Tigertail Beach, a Marco Island adventure, where you wade to wild beach

Tigertail Beach is for adventurers who love unspoiled beaches where you can walk for miles. You reach this beach by wading across a shallow lagoon. It’s full of seashells, wildlife and it’s a birding hot-spot.

Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne

Life’s a Beach: Cape Florida on Key Biscayne

This state park is more natural than it has been for decades. Enjoy the terrific beach and tropical hammock, tour the historic lighthouse, dine at restaurants with great views and walk or bike trails.

Rocky outcroppings at MacArthur Beach attract fish and sea life.

MacArthur Beach State Park is great for snorkeling, beach walks, kayaking

MacArthur Beach is one of South Florida’s treasures: Nearly two miles of natural, dune-lined beach with rock outcroppings and a reef that makes it a great snorkeling site. And the bird-filled mangrove-lined coves offer kayaking, too.

Once the ‘colored beach,’ state park honors civil rights leaders

Once the ‘colored beach,’ state park honors civil rights leaders

The outstanding beach known as John U. Lloyd State Park is being renamed to honor Fort Lauderdale civil rights leaders Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson.

Beach Camping Checklist

Beach Camping Checklist

Before packing a thing, determine how far you have to hike to pitch a tent or how […]

An artificial reef along the snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach County. Photo by Michael Scott Photography.

Snorkeling trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach is full of easy-to-see sea life

The snorkeling trail at the park on the Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County offers a volume and variety of sea life rarely seen close to shore. There are sculptures of hammerhead sharks and a string of manmade structures that form an artificial reef.

A sand version of "The Don" and, in the distance, the iconic pink Don CeSar Hotel on Pass A Grille beach.

Pass A Grille, one of Florida’s best beaches in a charming historic town

The beach is spectacular here — wide white sand, clear blue-green water. But the Old Florida charm of Pass A Grille, a community within St. Pete Beach, is what makes it stand out.

Deerfield Beach

Scenic Deerfield Beach is charming, low-key

With palm trees lining its herring-bone brick beachwalk and shady grass berm, our Beach of the Week is one of South Florida’s most scenic destinations.

The passt at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is where the Cocohatchee River flows into the Gulf.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples: Top beach and more

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a great destination: You can enjoy so many activities in one place – kayaking, surf-fishing & a one-mile-long powdery-white sand beach with shaded picnic tables nearby.

Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr

2016 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for a natural thrill

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.

Sea oats line 5 miles of wild beach at Hobe Sound NWR.

Discover Hobe Sound’s ‘secret’ wild beach and wildlife refuge

Secret beaches are the stuff of vacation dreams. But I found one — more than 5 miles of wild, broad unspoiled sandy shore, lined with thick native vegetation and without a condo or T-shirt shop in sight.

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