Florida beach towns are one of America’s most popular destinations for travelers seeking tranquility and a taste of the Sunshine’s State’s natural beauty.
From rolling waves crashing against the Atlantic Ocean shore to the white sand that covers Florida’s Gulf Coast, there’s a beach to fit every vacationer’s fancy.
New Smyrna Beach
“It’s incredibly rare that a town with deep historical roots (and a charming historic downtown to match) is also home to a progressive-minded surf scene, but that is precisely the magic of New Smyrna Beach’s warmly hip spirit.”
For travelers who wish to experience the beach lifestyle in a town filled with historical charm and artisan culture, look no further than New Smyrna Beach. The area is best known for its low-key atmosphere and historic downtown. Browse through boutique shops, cafes, quaint little curiosity shops, and galleries!
Enjoy walks on the beach and frequent dolphin sightings at our local resort, New Smyrna Waves, which is situated directly on New Smyrna Beach’s beautiful golden-hued sands.
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Writer Xaque Gruber describes the coastal town as “Unique in many ways, Vero is a quietly sophisticated coastal hamlet where blue collar workers happily coexist with billionaires.” With natural wonders, sea turtle nesting, and luxuriously fun activities, Vero Beach is a true gem on the Treasure Coast.
Favorite pastimes shared by locals and visitors include airboat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, marinas, and boatyards. If you enjoy browsing through upscale boutiques and local artisan shops, check out the specialty shops in Vero Beach‘s island shopping district.
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Siesta Key Beach
Best known for its wide beaches with sand like powdered sugar, Siesta Key is a must-visit for beach enthusiasts. The area has a path through the sand to water for visitors who may have trouble walking on sand, or with strollers. Its accessibility and cool-to-the-touch white sand make it a prime destination for weddings.
If you haven’t been to Siesta Beach in a few years, you might notice some additions. Its 2016 renovation has given the area shaded playgrounds for children, picnic tables, and 2 concession stands with washrooms.
Located just south of Sarasota along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice is the place to go if you enjoy searching for shells and collecting natural souvenirs from your vacation.
Dubbed the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” you can find fossilized shark teeth all over the beach if you keep your eyes peeled for them. Locals say that any beach access south of the Venice Jetty are the best places to look for these fossils.
To find them, scan the sand with your eyes for sharp black triangles, or walk to where the waves break on the water’s edge. There, you will see a foot-high drop-off ledge. Scoop up sand and shells to sort through on the beach (tip: some collectors use a kitchen strainer or shovel).
Located a little over an hour from the world famous Disney Parks, Cocoa Beach has earned fanfare in its own right with its laid back ambiance and lively boardwalk. Visitors can lounge by the beach’s sandbanks, looking out to sea oats and rolling dunes, or visit the fishing pier for local shopping, sidewalk cafes, and seaside mom and pop restaurants. If you are visiting Orlando to see Disney World, but worry about missing the beach, our Summer Bay Orlando resort is in a prime location and has its own beach and marina.