There are many things we discuss in our blog including the incredible things you can do at a Florida beach. We even cover the downside of each beach so you can be prepared as much as possible for your visit. However, there are some things you should NOT do at the beach. You might have heard a few, but wonder why they are not recommended. So here is our list of 7 things you should not do at the beach and why.
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VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
Main Beach Park, 32 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Have you ever wanted to just sit on the sand and watch the sun come up? The start of a new day is always special at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island! This is a favorite pastime of the locals and you can see why. The sky paints a different picture each morning. It is an experience not to be missed by any Florida beach lover. Come see for yourself why visitors come back to this enchanting ocean beach year after year.
VIBE: Relaxed, Dog Friendly
Varn Park, 3665 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Have you ever just wanted to leave the world behind and sink your toes in the sand? Varn Park in Flagler Beach might be the answer you're looking for. This quiet, dog-friendly Florida beach on the Atlantic Ocean is 5 miles away from the busy Flagler Beach Pier and crowded Palm Coast tourist area. There is also an RV Park right next door. With clean, coral sand, rolling waves and endless blue sky, you might just feel like you're the only person on the beach. What an opportunity to relax!
VIBE: Family Friendly, Active Busy Beach, Dog Friendly
Beaches Town Center, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, Florida 32266
This lovely spot is a part of the Jacksonville Beaches and although small, it's one of the top beaches in Jacksonville. With white sand, it is even more pristine than larger neighboring beaches. It is a perfect little beach town with lots of fun to offer every age. Often less busy than the main Jacksonville Beach with the pier, it is the perfect choice for a day of shopping, dining and playing by the Atlantic ocean in Florida. It's easy to fly into the city, or you can even take a bus from New York to Jacksonville. Once you're downtown, head East to get to Neptune Beach.
VIBE: Active, Busy
14775 US-1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
It's not easy to find a beach that has free parking, places for shelling and fantastic sunsets. But Juno Beach Park combines all three in one place! Even better, it offers the blue water of the Gulf stream that is warm even in winter. We stayed for the day and experienced the incredible sunset view from the pier. Everywhere you turn there is beauty in Juno Beach Park. We were snapping pictures non-stop. There were so many interesting people, especially the surfing crowd. There is even a dog beach. This, active, family-friendly beach is not to be missed if you are driving on I-95 looking for adventure.
VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
2995 N Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
New Smyrna Beach has an amazing 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 an great walk on cooler Florida days. There is a section designated as a dog park. Our greyhound, Fancy Pants, loved it! This Florida beach park is the complete package and it's a great place for nature loving individuals. Beside the park preserve with white dunes, the main beach has miles of drive-on sand. It's easy to relax when visiting New Smyrna Beach, and it's near Orlando.
VIBE: Active, Family Friendly, Dog Friendly
2130 Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL 33050
Finding a quality beach in the Florida Keys that's affordable can be a challenge. Beach access in the Keys means you may have to pay a lot for parking or choose an expensive hotel. Not at Sombrero Beach! This fully accessible soft, sandy beach includes a park with shady picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, restrooms and showers. Situated at the end of Sombrero Beach Road in Marathon, FL, it is open from 7am to dusk. It is dog-friendly too. The parking is free. We visited in December and the weather was still hot. Best of all we found a shallow, blue lagoon with warm water to relax in...just like a hot tub after a long truck ride. If you want to watch the Florida Keys sunset it's breathtaking!
VIBE: Romantic, Sophisticated
4191 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Located near Hutchinson Island South, Jensen Beach Park on the Atlantic shore of Martin and St. Lucie County, is an enchanting beach that offers stunning sunrises. It is open from 7am to 8pm. We chose to spend our anniversary here. We have been married for 30 years! While you can't drive onto this beach, there is lots of parking and it's a very short walk to the ocean. Dogs are allowed on this beach but our greyhound Fancy Pants did not join us on this trip. Jensen Beach Park has a lot to offer in terms of relaxation and beauty, although swimming here can be a challenge. We consider it to be mostly a beach for walking and wading. Read on to find out why.
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