EVERGLADES CITY — One of my favorite Florida getaways is to boat out to the outer islands and camp for a weekend on a remote, pristine beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida has miles of beaches, but nothing like the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Here, wind and surf have turned coquina rock into sculpture.
Wrapped in three miles of beautiful white sand, Fort DeSoto Park is consistently ranked among the best in the nation
This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.
Driving your car on the hard-packed beaches of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and St. Augustine Beach is a Florida tradition. Pioneers did it with horses and buggies. Stock car racers did it with roaring engines until 1959. You can do it too.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park near St. Augustine has two sides — historic gardens amid ancient live oak trees on one side and a beach with fantastically shaped coquina rocks on the other.
BONITA BEACH — This beach occupies one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast, and its a place for finding shells, sand dollars, gopher tortoises and, best of all, unadorned natural beauty.
FLAGLER BEACH — This quaint little beachside community is a refreshing change from the high-rise condos and hotels that populate much of Florida’s coast.
If you like your beaches lined with sea oats and sea grape trees instead of concrete and cars, then John U. Lloyd is your beach in Broward County. With a 2.5 mile ribbon of sand, the park gives visitors room to have a piece of the beach all to themselves.