Combine a major metropolitan city set on Florida’s largest open water estuary with award winning Gulf of Mexico beaches and you get the appeal of the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater region. From historic Ybor City, the cigar capital of the world in the early 1900’s, to modern beachfront resorts, famous aquariums and a wide variety of dining options, this big-league city is a top choice for beach lovers.
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From the world-class shopping at St. Armands Circle, the powder-white sand of Lido Beach and the laid back lifestyle and boutique B&B cottage feel of nearby Anna Maria Island, to the award-winning beach of Siesta Key, shark-teeth finding at Venice Beach and the wide Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key, the Sarasota region offers Gulf of Mexico beaches for all styles.
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Laid-back luxury meets Gulf beaches in Southwest Florida. Best known for world-class shelling along the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, this region is centered around activities in and on the water. Hop on a boat and explore dozens of barrier islands and secluded beaches, paddle a kayak through the mangrove flats with birds and wildlife or cast a line for some of the best sport-fishing in Florida. Retreat back to your luxury beachfront resort and enjoy fresh caught seafood with your feet in the sand taking in spectacular sunsets. It’s the good life.
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Highrise luxury hotels, upscale shopping and dining, and a dress-to-impress nightlife vibe has defined Naples as the epicenter of luxury on the West Coast of Florida. Just south of Naples, Marco Island is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands chain and the last developed beach on the West Coast with wider beaches and quiet evenings compared to its tony neighbor. A straight shot across Alligator Alley from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Naples and Marco Island are the perfect kicking-off point for Everglades day tours.
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From the quaint cottages of Key West to incredible fishing on Islamorada, scuba diving on Key Largo, boating on Marathon and history and culture all around — the Florida Keys simply amazes. The hundreds of islands that make up the Florida Keys are centered around the water, and marinas and boats tend to outnumber beaches in this part of the state. With fresh catch of the day and stone crab season, dining options are local and authentic, as are the people and variety of artisans and local shops. Nature and wildlife are all around, and experiencing the sea turtle hospital and dolphin research center are unique to the Keys. Turn down your stress levels and order up a key lime pie and a rum runner to fit right in.
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Contrasting the quiet, lazy, family-friendly beaches of the West Coast, Miami Beach and South Beach bring the energy and excitement of an eclectic international crowd and a party scene that pulses until the early morning hours. Best known for the art deco architecture, neon signs and LGBTQ+ lifestyle, this region offers boutique luxury hotels, quaint sidewalk cafes and a collection of local shopping and artisans that is unmatched. With so much action, the beach scene is just part of the equation to making Miami Beach one of those destinations where you might need a vacation from your vacation.
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Sunshine, palm trees and beaches abound in this “lifestyles of the rich and famous” community. It’s known as the yachting capital of the world thanks to over 300 miles of inland waterways, more than 100 marinas, 50,000+ registered yachts, a major cruise port and the largest boat show in the world. From beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches, high-rise luxury resorts and the historic shopping and dining along Las Olas Boulevard, this beach mecca does not disappoint.
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The need for speed and family fun is easy to accommodate between Daytona and Cocoa Beach. With lots of surf shops and surfing schools, the history of NASCAR racing at the Daytona Speedway and the Kennedy Space Center where you can view live rocket launches, there are activities for all ages. Unique to this area, the hard-packed sand beaches allow cars to drive and park on the beach, a tradition that dates back to the glory days of spring break in the 1950s.
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The Florida Panhandle beaches are known as the Emerald Coast for their clear green-blue water and pure white-sand beaches. Once a series of sleepy fishing villages, these now resort-filled towns still offer deep-sea fishing with the largest private charter fishing fleet in North America. Better known for value than opulence, this region is more likely to feature outlet shopping than designer shops and local seafood basket meals than celebrity chef restaurants. Good for the t-shirt and flip flop crowds who want the beauty of the beach without the premium prices.
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