Archibald Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Updated: February 7, 2023. What is one of the best beaches to see dolphins in Florida? Madeira Beach, near Clearwater, has an Intracoastal Waterway that's perfect for viewing dolphins. Find out more about parking and playing at this beautiful Gulf Beach.
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.
Updated January 26, 2023. According to the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce, many businesses are open after the 2022 hurricanes. Places to eat, stay and things to do are available on a limited basis. Read below to get a list of Sanibel Island re-openings.
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.
Update December 21, 2022: Looking to plan a romantic vacation to a Gulf beach destination on Florida's west coast? Let a Florida local help you out! From top hotels to exciting activities, we've got your couples getaway covered. Get ready for a hassle-free Clearwater Beach trip with an itinerary prepared by locals.
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.
Shelling Trip to Sanibel Island Beach, FL
VIBE: Romantic, Exclusive
Bowman's Beach, 1700 Bowmans Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957
Updated December 15, 2022. Hurricane Ian damage repair is underway.The causeway is open to everyone: read more here. Some beaches will be opening in February and March 2023. Many resorts are not expected to fully open until late 2023. A good shelling beach can be hard to find. Even worse, they can be crowded. But not Sanibel Island. Sanibel is very much a nature preserve with no high rise condos and natural beaches.
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.