Florida Beaches

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Florida is famous for beaches but all Florida beaches are not the same. Florida’s East coast beaches on the Atlantic Ocean have waves and are popular for surfing, surf fishing, and swimming.

Beaches on the west coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico typically have calmer waters that are great for swimming. And many of the Florida west coast beaches such as Sanibel and Captiva are famous for excellent shells. Fishing is also excellent on the west coast.

Miami Beach and South Beach

Miami Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and has beautiful blue water, white sand and fantastic hotels. About 45 minutes away you have Matheson Hammock, which has a beach, protected swimming area, and boat ramps.

Out on the tip of Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, which has a great beach directly on the Atlantic Ocean.

North East Florida Beaches

Crescent Beach in St Augustine is really wide, so wide that cars are allowed to drive and park on the beach. Crescent beach can have excellent waves and is great for playing in waves, body surfing or playing in the sand.

About 30 minutes north of Crescent Beach is Ponte Vedra Beach, which has great waves, sand filled with coquina shells, and is a good place to find sharks teeth at low tide.

There are several excellent beaches in Jacksonville including Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach. One nice feature of these Jacksonville beaches is that they are within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and in the case of Jacksonville beach a boardwalk.

All the beaches in the Jacksonville area are fairly wide and have good waves.

Hanna Park
The beach in Hanna Park is huge, wide, and with a very gradual slope is excellent for swimming in shallow water. There is also a great surf spot on the north side of Hanna Park called Poles.

Beaches in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are not famous for beaches but rather crystal clear water and excellent fishing and diving - both snorkeling and scuba diving.

There are beaches in the Keys, they are just not as nice as the wide sandy beaches found in other areas of Florida.

Key West
Although surrounded by water Key West has only two main beaches - Smathers Beach and at Smathers Beach you can play volleyball, go parasailing,  and rent a Hobie Cat.

State Parks in the Keys
Many state parks in Florida have beaches where you can camp on the beach. Examples include Long Key State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, and John Pennekamp State Park.

Florida West Coast Beaches

The barrier Islands of Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, and Cayo Costa are on the west coast of Florida, west of Fort Myers. These Islands have beautiful sandy beaches, tons of sea shells and sand dollars.

Treasure Coast Beaches

The Treasure Coast is on the east coast of Florida. It includes three Florida Counties - Martin County, St Lucie County, and Indian River County.

Treasure Coast beaches are wide and sandy and many of them are Guarded Beaches, which means that Turtles nest on them and there are specific rules to protect the turtle nests.

Martin County Beaches
Martin County is just north of Palm Beach and includes great beaches such as Hobe Sound, Stuart Beach and Jensen Beach. Hutchinson Island is a barrier Island that is basically one long beach.

St Lucie County Beaches
St Lucie County has several great beaches including Waveland Beach, Dollman Beach, and Walton Rocks Beach.


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Articles about Florida Beaches

Key Biscayne

Miami Dade County


Key Biscayne is an island community just south of Miami Beach and East of Miami Florida. Connected by bridges to the mainland, Key Biscayne juts out into Biscayne Bay with Bill Baggs Cape State Park on the tip.

The Island of Key Biscayne is tiny, less than 2 square miles but it includes beaches at Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a Hotel, marina, golf course, homes and condos.

South Beach

Miami Beach

On the southern tip of Miami Beach you will find a wide sandy beach, blue ocean waters, colorful lifeguard stations, and a variety of art deco hotels.

Known as South Beach (SoBe), this section of Miami Beach is constantly bustling with vacationers and locals in the many restaurants that straddle the west side of Ocean Drive and the world famous beach on the east side.

Matheson Hammock


Matheson Hammock is a park, a beach, a marina with public boat ramps and a great place to go windsurfing that is on Biscayne Bay in Miami. There is also a fine dinning restaurant - the Red Fish Grille - that is open for dinner.

The swim area is a protected enclosed man made lagoon that is a great place for small children to swim.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park - Key Biscayne


Minutes from downtown Miami located on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the US.

Beaches of Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach offers gorgeous wide open beaches on Hutchinson Island off of NE Ocean Boulevard. Jensen Sea Turtle Beach is the main beach and the only guarded beach.  The smaller beaches are great for quiet walks on the beach, flying a kite, fishing and hanging out without the crowds.

Crescent Beach

St Augustine

Crescent beach is a beautiful beach in St Augustine with white sand named after its natural shoreline shape of a crescent moon. You can drive your car right onto Crescent Beach.

Horse Back Riding on Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra

If you have dreamed of riding a horse on a beautiful beach then head for Ponte Vedra. Micklers Landing is the main public beach in Ponte Vedra and the place where Sawgrass Stables will take you horseback riding right on the Beach.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra

Ponte Vedra is known for its beach. The primary beach area is Micklers Landing, which is at the south end of Highway A1A - the intersection of Mickler Road and Highway A1A.

Sombrero Beach


Sombrero Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys. The beach is great for picnics because it has plenty of shade, pavilions, barbecue pits, playground, showers, restrooms, and free parking.

Curry Hammock State Park


Curry Hammock State Park is located on Grassy Key (the middle keys) about 1 mile north of the City of Marathon.  It’s a great state park for camping, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking and has a white sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo

On Key Largo in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 102.5, you’ll find the award winning John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Home to the only living coral reef in the United States, the reef begins in Miami and stretches 221 miles down the Keys to the Dry Tortugas near Key West.

It is the third largest living coral reef in the world.  You can enjoy year round swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving at the John Pennekamp state park.

Camping in the Florida Keys

Monroe County

The Florida Keys is one of the rare places where you can camp right on the beach. From tents and cabins with AC to RV sites there is a place for you to enjoy camping in the Florida Keys.

Smathers Beach

Key West

Key West is all about water.  On any given day, you’ll see locals and visitors boating, parasailing, kayaking, fishing, sun bathing, exercising along the shoreline, or just walking barefoot along the beaches in Key West. And Smathers Beach is a local favorite.

Clearwater Beach, Clearwater

White sandy beaches with beautiful water makes Clearwater Beach a local favorite. Located on the west coast of Florida, the beach is gorgeous with a deep shelf which lets you wade into the shallow clear Gulf of Mexico water quite a while before the drop off to deeper water.

Environmental Studies Center

Jensen Beach

A Hands-on learning experience for Martin County school children from kindergarten to 7th graders. Operated by the Martin County School District, students learn first hand how to respect the environment by observing and interacting with crabs, worms, a nurse shark, a grouper and more.

Waveland Beach

St Lucie County

Waveland beach is on Hutchinson Island at 10350 South A1A. There are lifeguards on duty at this beach all year, bathrooms, showers, and vending machines.

Blowing Rocks Beach, Jupiter

Blowing Rocks is a unique beach because during high tide waves shoot up through holes in the limestone shoreline. Located on Jupiter Island, blowing rocks is a preserve.

BathTub Reef Beach


Bathtub Beach is the southernmost public beach in Martin County, in Stuart Florida. Turn south at the traffic light in front of Indian River Plantation. Follow Macarthur Blvd as it winds southward on the thin strip of land separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Florida Beaches Guide

Florida is known for its amazing beaches. White sand and warm crystal clear water are every where in the Sunshine State, but not all beaches are the same. So it’s important to find the right beach for you. From sunbathing to surfing and shelling to fishing Florida has the perfect beach.