Florida’s Best Beaches

Indiatlantic BeachBeing a Floridian myself, I was interested in the best beach listing for Florida by U.S. News. I agree with most of their listing but they left out one beach I feel should have been in their top 8, Clearwater Beach.

Here is their listing of Florida’s Top 8 Beaches plus my addition.


  1. Sanibel Island –  a very laid-back island, with the feel of the Florida Keys, but very quiet and family-oriented. Best known for the great shells that are easily found on their shores.
  2. Naples – a high-end beach resort town with gourmet eateries and art galleries and a nice white sandy beach for catching up on your tan.
  3. Miami Beach – glitzy, expensive and crowded, filled with celebrities, models and, in general, great looking people with all night parties and plenty of neon lights.
  4. Destin – located in the Florida panhandle, is a beautiful beach town that has plenty of sunshine, great fishing,  golf and miles of white sand beaches.
  5. Sunrise on South Florida BeachFort Lauderdale – Wide stretches of beach, less crowded and more laid-back than Miami, but with plenty to see and do. Book a stay at Beach Place before or after a cruise or just settle down and enjoy the beach, take the water taxi to great restaurants and nightlife and, above all, have fun and relax.
  6. West Palm Beach – known for its millionaires and billionaires, is a more upscale, cultural city than the ones mentioned above. The beaches are nice and uncrowded and there is plenty of nightlife around Clematis and CityPlace  to keep you entertained.
  7. Key West – the town Jimmy Buffet sang about in “Margaritaville”- laid-back, funky, full of everything from seafood shacks to gourmet restaurants, exciting nightlife (after all it is 5 o’clock somewhere), fascinating people and a great place for all kinds of water sports.
  8. Fort Myers Beach – a small town atmosphere with a great beach and warm, calm waters. Has the feel of the Florida Keys without the long distance to drive. Very laid-back and casual.
  9. Clearwater Beach FloridaClearwater Beach – Rated the #1 beach in the gulf region and sporting a beautiful white sandy beach, restaurants lining the street along the ocean providing entertainment and some good seafood, a pier that hosts a nightly craft festival and many new hotels to accommodate every taste. A great place for a family vacation without the glitz and crowds.

Florida is a great place to vacation and live.  A place to enjoy warm weather, beaches, sunrises and sunsets, nature, top sporting and cultural events and fantastic seafood. Next time you are thinking of a vacation, think of Florida.



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