Updated: February 6, 2023. What are the best places to vacation on the beach in Florida? We've lived on both coasts of Florida and these 3 picks are our favorite beaches for families visiting the Sunshine State. Hurricane updates included.
You likely know Jeep Beach Daytona is one of the largest jeep events in the world. But did you know it donates millions to local charities? Much more than just fun, this is a worthy cause that provides a first-class experience.
VIBE: Romantic, Relaxed
South Beach Park, 1702 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Updated: January 9, 2023. With some beaches, you have a long, not walk to reach the water. Even worse, you are exhausted after carrying all your gear. Not in Vero Beach. Everything is close to the beach. This park is just 15 minutes from Disney's Vero Beach Resort.
VIBE: Active, Busy Beach
1500 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
It can be chilly in central Florida in January. The best way to warm up is to head for the coast where the weather is fine. We took a short drive down the east coast to Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.
VIBE: Relaxed, Free Spirit
Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Updated December 17, 2022. Driving on the beach has re-opened after Hurricane Nicole at low tide. The jetty is still closed. Ever wished you could find a Florida beach away from the crowds that's your own special place? Ponce Inlet is one of those beach towns the locals don't want you to know about!
VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
2995 N Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
New Smyrna Beach has an amazing beach park called Smyrna Dunes Park that we love! It has over 2 miles of wide, elevated, handicapped accessible boardwalk capped with lumber that makes for a great walk on cooler Florida days.
VIBE: Romantic, Sophisticated
4191 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Located near Hutchinson Island South, Jensen Beach Park on the shore of Martin and St. Lucie County, offers stunning sunrises and blue water. This relaxing paradise oceanfront park is open from 7am to 8pm. Updated November 16, 2022: It was not affected by recent hurricanes.
It's been four days since Hurricane Ian departed our area of Florida and we are profoundly grateful to still be here. We watched the progress of Hurricane Ian and knew after it crossed Cuba that our area, near Daytona Beach Shores, was going to be in it's direct path after landfall.
Susan and Bruno are travel bloggers specializing in Florida beaches on every coast. Take a road trip or plan a Florida vacation.