01 Aug Florida’s best beaches and where to stay
The Sunshine State of Florida is not only known for its tourist-centric approach and year-round sun but its stunning beaches and resorts. Below, we’ve put together some of the best beaches in the state and offered some ideas of where to stay so that you can make the most of what’s on offer.
With three miles of white sand running along the coast line and the clean, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico serving as a soundtrack to the area, it’s little wonder why Clearwater Beach is considered one of America’s finest. Perfect for sunbathing and swimming, Clearwater is also home to diving schools, fishing boats and dolphin-watching cruises, so there’s something for everyone.
Staying in Clearwater couldn’t be simpler. There are a whole host of suites and Marina hotels to consider, as well as serviced apartments and condos if you’re looking for a laid-back break.
The county of Palm Beach may be home to 47 miles of impressive shorelines, but it’s the namesake Palm Beach that turns heads. This 14-mile island attracts millionaires and affluent travellers and features some of the most exclusive hotels, restaurants and shops that Florida has to offer. Because of its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the beach offers warm blue waters and a cooling breeze.
The Four Seasons Resort is a popular choice for travellers staying in Palm Beach, but alternatives include Hyatt Place and The Chesterfield – both offer free Wi-Fi and shuttle buses into the city.
At just an hour’s drive away from Orlando, Cocoa Beach is a convenient choice for holidaymakers. With more than five acres of beach to explore, there’s plenty of room for building sandcastles and running in relays, and there’s a 900-foot wooden pier with a restaurant and lounge for when you’re feeling peckish. You cannot drive on the beach itself, but there’s a 300-space parking lot nearby.
When it comes to nearby accommodation, Florida villas are one of the best options. You can find quality villas in Orlando and Kissimmee, for example, which gives you access to nearby theme parks and tourist attractions, but also keep you close to beaches and wildlife parks for alternative days out.
With soft white sand and year-round sunshine, Atlantic Beach is another choice for holidaymakers and locals looking to soak up the sun. Although it’s just a short drive from nearby Jacksonville city, Atlantic Beach has managed to maintain its small-town charm, with quirky gift shops and restaurants that make for a perfect day out. The town also hosts regular live music events and a monthly North Beaches Art Walk, where local artists come together to display their work and perform routines.
There are a wide range of options for you to consider in and around Atlantic Beach when it comes to accommodation, including the One Ocean Resort and Spa, which offers luxurious rooms and a butler service, as well as the Econo lodge Mayport, a relaxed and comfortable hotel with a swimming pool.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
If you’re looking for a beach that will keep the whole family entertained, then consider the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. If you’re ready for an American beach day, bring blankets and some sun screen, and then use the bathhouses and enjoy a delicious lunch from the on-site food stands. Spend the night at DoubleTree by Hilton or The Inn at Pelican Bay.
No visit to Florida would be complete without a day at the beach, so soak up some rays and check out some of the locations that we have featured in this article.