Beaches

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.

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.

Peanut Island: Snorkeling, historic Kennedy Bunker, even camping
Beaches / Historic / Kayak & Canoe / Snorkeling / Southeast Florida

Peanut Island: Snorkeling, historic Kennedy Bunker, even camping

This county park offers some of the best snorkeling from a beach in South Florida. It’s also home to President John F. Kennedy’s bomb shelter, built during the Cold War. And, to complete your day, it’s a fun kayak outing that can include fresh fish at a nearby tiki bar.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater.
Beaches / Kayak & Canoe / Southwest Florida

Caladesi Island: Kayak to a wild beach

Caladesi Island State Park, off the coast of Clearwater and Dunedin, has been called the best beach in America. What’s even better? Kayaking to Caladesi and seeing wonderful wildlife along the way.

Things to Do near Florida’s top Spring Break destinations
Beaches

Things to Do near Florida’s top Spring Break destinations

Rumors of the death of Spring Break in Florida are greatly exaggerated.

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.

Cayo Costa's beach
Beaches / Camping / Lodging / Southwest Florida

At Cayo Costa State Park, you live your dreams of a private island

Getting to Cayo Costa State Park is the start of a grand adventure. You start by boarding a ferry. You travel across mangrove-lined waterways, spotting manatees and dolphins if you’re lucky. When you arrive, you are in one of the last wild places in Florida, with a perfect nine-mile beach almost all to yourself. Plan ahead and book a primitive cabin or campsite.

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.

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