7 Best Beaches in Florida

FLORIDA is blessed with an incredible coastline and beautiful weather – the perfect combination for a day, or even a week, down at the beach.

Yet, with over 1,300 miles of coast to choose from – a length only bettered by Alaska for all of the states in USA – you may have some trouble deciding which is the best beach to go to in the Sunshine State. We have you covered.

1. Panama City Beach

In the northwest of Florida, the best beach to visit is Panama City Beach, according to The Family Vacation Guide.

They have rated the sandy wonder a 9.52 on their beauty score that takes into account TripAdvisor reviews and Instagram posts on the shoreline.

And it is not a surprise to see it top the pile, with the idyllic coastline sandwiches between the Gulf of Mexico and West Bay.

Panama City Beach – like the Laguna Beach next to it – welcomes beautiful calm and clear waters to its shores, making it an incredible day out to relax and go for a swim.

Make the most of your trip to USA’s most beautiful beach and stay at the incredible Boardwalk Beach Hotel from just £56 ($69) a night or camp at Racoon River from £36 ($45) a day with the coast just ten minutes walk away.

Panama City Beach has been deemed the most beautiful beach in Florida - and all of the US
Panama City Beach has been deemed the most beautiful beach in Florida – and all of the US

2. Pensacola Beach

The second most beautiful beach in Florida is just along the coast Panama City Beach with Pensacola right on the Alabama border.

With white sands, beautiful blue waters and even a boardwalk to boot, it is an incredible place to spend your day and unsurprisingly scored 9.12 in the beauty charts.

And if you stay until the sunset, you won’t be disappointed as the sun goes down to the east.

But what makes Pensacola Beach even more special – aside from the community of beaches stretching over 28 miles – is that in parts, just a two-lane road separates sandy shores on either side whether you are facing the Gulf of Mexico or the English Navy Cove.

Stay just yards from the incredible Pensacola Beach at Surf & Sand Hotel from only £92 a night.

Pensacola Beach is a wonderful place to visit and relax, especially as the sun sets
Pensacola Beach is a wonderful place to visit and relax, especially as the sun sets

3. Clearwater Beach

One of the more well-known shorelines on this list, Clearwater Beach is a marvel in the west of Florida, picking up a 8.74 beauty score.

Located just 25 miles from Tampa, the seaside hotspot is hugely popular with more than 4.5m people calling it beautiful on TripAdvisor.

And it is not a surprise with its white, sandy beach welcoming those looking to relax and tan, as well as thrill-seekers keen to get on a jet ski or partake in parasailing on its waters.

Meanwhile, in the evening, head to Pier 60 to watch street performers and take in the incredible nightlife.

Stay right by Clearwater Beach at The Beachview Inn with the Pier 60 just minutes away and incredible views of the coast – all from just £164 a night.

Clearwater Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Florida with its white, sandy shores and crystal blue waters
Clearwater Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Florida with its white, sandy shores and crystal blue waters

4. St. Pete Beach

Just south of Clearwater is another popular sandy hotspot that everyone should visit in St. Pete Beach.

Only a few miles from St. Petersburg, its incredibly clear waters make it an absolute must with almost two million reviewers calling it beautiful on TripAdvisor.

It is no surprise then that it got a 8.68 beauty score from The Family Vacation Guide with the white sandy beach brilliant for relaxing, especially on one of the sun loungers provided.

If you like the adrenaline rush, you can go jet skiing, parasailing and even on the banana boat, while cruise trips for dolphin watching also embark from there.

Fancy visiting St. Pete Beach? Make a trip of it and stay at the brilliant Dolphin Beach Resort just metres from the coast from only £112 per night.

St Pete Beach stretches along the south of the barrier island near St Petersburg (Amanderson2/Flickr)
St Pete Beach stretches along the south of the barrier island near St Petersburg (Amanderson2/Flickr)

5. Navarre Beach

The three remaining beaches are all back in the northwest of Florida with Navarre Beach among those.

With almost 50% of its reviewers calling it beautiful, it is no wonder it makes the list with a beauty score of 8.37.

And who could disagree with a white, sandy coastline that transports you to the Caribbean rather than being in Florida.

So just lay back, relax and taking in the sun while the kids enjoy the magnificent blue waters.

Why not indulge yourself at the Navarre Beach and stay at Marriott’s SpringHill Suites – you’ll be just metres from the coast and enjoy a holiday full of luxury from only £150 a night.

Navarre Beach has the longest pier in Florida along with its incredible shoreline and clear waters (Britt Reints/Flickr)
Navarre Beach has the longest pier in Florida along with its incredible shoreline and clear waters (Britt Reints/Flickr)

6. Okaloosa Island Beach

Less than 16 miles to the east is Okaloosa Island, with a beauty score of 7.72 and considered to be just as nice as Hawaii’s famous Waikiki Beach.

Its white, sandy shores make for an idyllic space to relax, while you can go for a walk across its pier, famed for birdwatching and saltwater fishing.

And for those that like the thrill of the waves, Okaloosa Island is a great place to go surfing.

Stay just metres from the beach and a whole host of other tourist attractions at Four Points by Sheraton Destin from only £126 a night.

Okaloosa Island Beach is a beautiful place to spend your day and night (Michael G/Unsplash)
Okaloosa Island Beach is a beautiful place to spend your day and night (Michael G/Unsplash)

7. Santa Rosa Beach

Finally, the 26-mile long coastline of the Santa Rosa Beach neighbourhood is a paradise of sand dunes and lakes.

The beach itself is a white, sandy haven with crystal clear waters to be adored by all that visit – no wonder it got 7.65 on the beauty score as the tenth best beach in the US, according to The Family Vacation Guide.

And with boat trips galore to explore not only the Gulf of Mexico coast, but also the Choctawhatchee Bay, there is no end to the fun in Florida.

Stay on the Santa Rosa Beach coast at the wonderful Inn at Gulf Place with an entire apartment to yourself – from just £159 a night.

Santa Rosa Beach is a wonderful coastal neighbourhood filled with some of the best beaches in USA (Elizabeth Biar/Unsplash)
Santa Rosa Beach is a wonderful coastal neighbourhood filled with some of the best beaches in USA (Elizabeth Biar/Unsplash)

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