Beaches

Coquina rocks line the shoreline at Washington Oaks State Park. (Photo by Bonnie Gross)

Washington Oaks Gardens beach: Beach with coquina rocks like sculpture

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.

Gulf Pier sunset at Fort DeSoto Park. (Photo by Captain Kimo via Flickr.

Fort DeSoto Park: Beach ranked among best in nation

Wrapped in three miles of beautiful white sand, Fort DeSoto Park is consistently ranked among the best in the nation

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

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.

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

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.

Water has created fanciful swirls in the coquina rocks at the beach

Washington Oaks: Gardens plus unusual beach

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.

Barefoot Beach, ‘second best beach in America,’ is wild & wonderful

Barefoot Beach, ‘second best beach in America,’ is wild & wonderful

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: Escape to a real Florida beach town

Flagler Beach: Escape to a real Florida beach town

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.

Broward’s ‘natural’ beach: John U. Lloyd (now Mizell-Johnson State Park)

Broward’s ‘natural’ beach: John U. Lloyd (now Mizell-Johnson State Park)

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.