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. We offer suggestions for tons of family and kid-friendly activities both on and off the beach. Read on to find out places that will delight everyone, with delicious restaurants options.
Meet Manatees in Blue Springs State Park
Located at 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, Blue Springs is 40 minutes from Daytona Beach and less than an hour from Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando. Filled with natural wonders including alligators, this Florida State Park is like visiting another world.
Jeep Beach Daytona is not just one of the world's largest jeep events - it's also a charitable event that has donated millions to local causes. Discover how you can participate in this first-class experience and support a worthy cause. Learn about the exciting events that take place during Jeep Beach week and join the fun.
VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
1525 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Updated: January 12, 2023: This is a popular destination known for its stunning beaches, tranquil neighborhoods, and laid-back vibe. In addition to its natural beauty, the city boasts a wealth of parks and nature reserves, including the Barrier Island Sanctuary. Pelican Beach Park is conveniently located just a short drive away from major attractions like the Kennedy Space Center. Let's explore this cozy east coast beach.
VIBE: Relaxed, Free Spirit
4100 Harbor Dr, Venice, FL 34285
Looking for a small beach park where you can collect shells, shark's teeth, and unique rocks? Look no further than this hidden gem with darker sand than other Gulf of Mexico beaches. Not only does this natural beach offer a more rustic feel, but it's also a great spot for relaxing. Keep reading to discover more about the amenities available at this charming location.
VIBE: Active, Busy Beach
1500 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
If you're visiting central Florida in winter, you may encounter chilly weather. However, you can still enjoy warm temperatures by heading to the coast. One great destination is Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, located just a short drive down the east coast. Not only can you enjoy fine weather, but you can also take advantage of free parking and numerous nearby restaurants and hotels.
Road Trip to Fort Myers Beach, FL
VIBE: Active, Busy, Family Friendly
Crescent Beach Family Park, 1100 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Updated December 19, 2022. Fort Myers is in the process of rebuilding but they are open to visitors. It is one of the best beaches to be footloose and fancy-free and we expect it to be that way once again.
VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767
Updated November 30, 2022. Crowds can be a problem on many Gulf beaches. Even worse, you may have trouble finding parking or have to pay big money for a spot. Not at Sand Key Park! Just 5 dollars will give you a full day of sun and sea.
Susan and Bruno are travel bloggers. We write about Florida beaches on every coast. Our opinions only.