Top 10 Florida Family Beaches
With unmatched clear waters and white sands, Florida has some of the most inviting beaches in the States. Perfect for a family escape, Florida’s coastlines offer opportunities not only for relaxation, but also for recreation and learning. The kids can become versed in marine wildlife while the older generation takes in a game of golf or a spa treatment. That’s if you want to leave your beach chair at all. Here’s a rundown of the best and most beautiful beaches in the sunshine state:
1. Fort Lauderdale
More than just a beach town, Fort Lauderdale offers cosmopolitan attractions, like Las Olas Boulevard. If you prefer more outdoorsy options, try a visit to an Everglades nature center or a deep sea fishing excursion. Coveniently, Fort Lauderdale is a major hub, making it easy to book a flight from almost anywhere.
Miami is known for glitzy nightlife but it's still perfect for a family vacation. Kids would love a day of swimming at Biscayne Bay, while the adults can tour Art Deco architecture in South Beach. Miami hosts festivals year-round, notably the Calle Ocho Carnival, a celebration of local Latin culture.
4. Marco Island
If you're planning a trip to northern Florida check out Pensacola, a beach town known as much for its laid-back attitude as its sugar-white sands. Whether you’re kayaking or sunbathing there is a perfect piece of this stretch of beach to claim as your own for the duration of your vacation.
A glittering jewel of the Emerald Coast, Destin the ideal place for families looking for the widest variety of choices of seafood restaurants and group activities. A well-established destination, Destin provides plenty of options to engage and delight from parasailing and jet-ski rides to snorkel tours, and spa treatment packages.
7. Fort Walton Beach
In the same region as Destin, Fort Walton Beach offers some great educational opportunities to offset time lazing on the sand. The kids will love the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Gulfarium, and fishing off the Okaloosa Island Pier.
8. Florida Keys
Go on a tropical adventure without leaving American borders in the Florida Keys. Explore the coral reef in Key Largo (the diving capital of the world,) or eco-attractions on Marathon. The Keys offer a myriad of cultural experiences - an architecture tour of historical Key West is a great jumping off point.
9. Daytona Beach
Daytona’s rowdy reputation as a spring break destination has evolved. Now Daytona Beach is a great place for families. Kids will love the International Speedway in addition to surfing and snorkeling.
10. Fort Myers
Lastly, check out the shimmering shores of Fort Myers. Whether you’re into sand castle sculptures, fresh farmers markets or buzzing nightlife, Fort Myers offers the fun of Fort Lauderdale without the crowds.