Along the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and into Tampa Bay are over 20 miles of fine coastal shores - many which are shaded by tall Australian Pines.
The centerpiece of a number of equally beautiful beaches to its north and south. There are many options with a range of ambiances from very popular and energetic to quiet and relaxing.
Miles of hard-packed sand make this ideal for driving cars, four-wheelers, motorcycles, scooters and
bicycles. In the summer and during spring break the area is a hot spot for activity.
Continuing north from Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a energetic strip of activity decorated with many palm trees, numerous ocean-side parks, clubs, restaurants and hotels.
A world of tropical beauty, sand, water and wildlife with many islands to explore. Fort Myers, Bonita Beach, Sanibel Island, Captiva are just a few beautiful places to enjoy the sea and sun.
Twenty miles of wide beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming, surfing, windsurfing and surf fishing are popular at the numerous coastal communities and Jacksonville.
A strip of miles of fine golden sand with emerald waters. People go to Miami for business, sun, fun, water sports and legendary entertainment - this place really rocks!
Naples originally established itself with its spectacular beaches. It has now become equally known as an upscale community with great shopping, dining and golfing.
Some of the best in Florida with nearly 20 miles of fine sugar-sand, relatively warm and usually calm seas. In the summer the water is often a beautiful emerald-green hue.
Located at the west end of the panhandle, the area is best known for its many miles of pristine snow-white sand. Dunes decorated with delicate sea oats accent the coast.
This historically rich city has many miles of hard-packed sand which are bordered with beautiful natural dunes. Driving is permitted on the hard sand in some areas.
St. Pete Beach, separate from the city of St. Petersburg on Tampa Bay, is on the Gulf Coast with miles of fine, white sand beach that so typifies the west-central coast.
A large, natural park surrounded by the Gulf and Tampa Bay waters. The park is a natural beauty with great recreational facilities. It has received numerous "best beaches" awards.
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Waters along the Florida coasts are generally warmer than other areas along the continental US. Surf tends to be higher on the Atlantic coast with relatively little surf on the Gulf coast (surfers take note). Sea temperatures are also warmer on the Gulf coast throughout the year compared to the Atlantic coast.
Florida sand consistency in the northwest along Pensacola, Panama City Beach and the West Coast from Clearwater through Naples is fine and very white. Beaches along the Atlantic tend to shade towards light beige with a somewhat coarser texture.