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Florida Beaches Guide ~ Best Florida Beaches

Your guide to the best sand, sun and surf Florida's beaches have to offer

Endless warm days filled with sand, sun and surf is our idea of the perfect Florida vacation. But Florida beaches are as varied as the more than 80 million people who visit each year - and there's something here for everyone.

beachside sunset along the gulf coastDo you prefer secluded shores over party crowds? Are you a theme park junkie or a closet nudist? Or maybe your perfect beach is balanced with great shopping or picture-perfect reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving?

A visit to Florida is as American as apple pie at Thanksgiving. Florida is the winner of a multitude of tourism awards, including the most media-friendly state by the North American Travel Journalists association. And American, Canadian and overseas travelers who visit are serious about their vacation - they stay for an average of 9 nights. There are more hotel rooms in Orlando alone than any other American city.

As varied as the water that sculpts it

GoGirlfriend has cruised most of Florida’s beaches to give you the vibe, type, geography, amenities and where exactly the beaches are located check out some Florida weatherso you can spend your vacation surfing the waves, not the Internet. Whether you're hunting for a fun-filled family getaway or a romantic beach wedding, our Florida Beaches Guides help you compare your beach options quickly and easily.

No matter what's on your beachy wish-list, there's a beach here for you. Start clicking on the links below to kick your Florida vacation planning into high gear.

We’ve separated Florida’s beaches by location and grouped them to make finding beaches to explore in the same area easier (Atlantic-facing or Gulf-side, north, central or south) for you to compare and contrast with ease.

Atlantic Coast beaches (from north to south)

typical Atlantic beach with surf and dunes

Atlantic north (Jacksonville)

Atlantic central (Space Coast)

Atlantic south (Miami / Fort Lauderdale)

  • Haulover Beach
  • South Beach (Yet to come)
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach (Yet to come)
  • Palm Beach (Yet to come)
  • Blowing Rocks Preserve Beach (Yet to come)

Gulf Coast beaches (from north to south)

 typical Gulf coast beach with flat white powdery beaches

Gulf Coast (Panhandle)

Gulf Coast Central (Tampa)

Gulf Coast South (Naples)

Florida Keys beaches

typical Florida Keys beach with small coves within the Keys

Florida Keys

  • Smathers Beach (Yet to come)
  • Anne’s Beach (Yet to come)

Did you decide on a favorite? There's so many to choose up and down the coast, and a simple day trip from Orlando. Let us know your favorite beach(es - I'm optimistic) with a comment below and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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