When the winter strikes, the appeal of the Sunshine State goes through the roof. Who could resist a warm-weather getaway to Florida
, where you can spend an entire trip lounging on the beach and splashing in the surf? Those looking for real heat all year long should set their sights on south Florida. Remember that northern Florida is home to a much different climate, where the winter offers cool evenings and cool water for swimming. Here are some of the top 10 Florida family beaches.
1. Fort Lauderdale
With a major international airport, Fort Lauderdale
is easy to reach from across the country. Families might prefer Fort Lauderdale to its southern neighbor Miami; beaches will be less crowded but just as beautiful. Choose a spacious and affordable vacation rental, perfect for Florida family beaches, for the ultimate experience.
Just because Miami
has a reputation for glitz and nightlife doesn't mean it isn't right for families. In fact, if you avoid the area known as South of Fifth Street, you will find beaches packed with activities for families from volleyball to banana boats to jet ski rides. Miami is also home to a major international airport with good connections across the country.
Families will also be drawn to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Naples
is known for its wide beaches and long list of activities. Dads will love the golf courses, moms will love the spas, and kids will have the opportunity to build sand castles and fly kites. Some families might choose to split a vacation between serene Naples and action-packed Miami.
4. Marco Island
Another great option for families on the Gulf Coast of Florida is Marco Island
. Here days can be spent heading out on deep sea fishing excursions or admiring marine life through snorkeling trips. Vacation rentals will also set the scene for evening family barbecues.
Not all of the best Florida family beaches are in the southern half of the state. If you're looking to plan a trip to northern Florida check out Pensacola
, a beach town known for its laid-back attitude and outdoor activities. Here you can just as easily spend a day kayaking as sunbathing.
Located in the part of the Gulf Coast known as the Emerald Coast, Destin
is a fantastic beach town for families looking for lots of activities. Pack your days with parasailing adventures, jet ski rides, snorkel tours, and more.
7. Fort Walton Beach
Another option along the Emerald Coast is Fort Walton Beach
. Home to some of the region's finest white-sand beaches, Fort Walton Beach is ideal for families who want to relax and soak up the scenery.
8. Florida Keys
Families looking for a tropical adventure without leaving American borders should check out the Florida Keys. This strip of islands off the southern coast of Florida feels like a world away. While not known for sandy beaches, the Florida Keys
do offer great fishing opportunities, snorkeling around the coral reef, and boating. From Key Largo to Islamorada to Key West, there are beautiful vacation rental options.
9. Daytona Beach
What once had a reputation as a spring break destination has evolved over the years. Now Daytona Beach
is a great place for families, with fun activities including surfing and snorkeling. Kids might also love the chance to visit the International Speedway in Daytona.
10. Fort Myers
Water sports reign supreme in Fort Myers
. If you're looking for a family-friendly Florida destination that offers a long list of outdoor activities, including parasailing, snorkeling, and kayaking, be sure to check out the golden shores of Fort Myers.
Fort Lauderdale Rentals Near the Ocean
Magnificent Intracoastal Home in the heart of Fort Lauderdale , Florida . View yachts on waterway 20'-30' from your private dock and gazebo. 4 master bedrooms each with master bathroom. Large office can convert to 5th bedroom for children. Total 5...
Gorgeous waterfront home on deep water with direct Atlantic Ocean access. Truly a tropical oasis nestled in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. You will find yourself in paradise in this two bedroom, two bath waterfront home with over 100 feet of doc...
This stunning Florida home is situated in the heart of the South Florida Gold Coast just five minutes from the beach, close to several major malls & a limitless choice of great restaurants. Located in one of the most desirable parts of Fort Lauder...
This beautiful Florida home is situated in the heart of the South Florida Gold Coast just five minutes from the beach, close to several major malls and a limitless choice of great restaurants. Located in one of the most desirable parts of Fort Lau...
This well-appointed home is situated in the heart of the South Florida Gold Coast just 15 minutes from the beach, close to several major malls, golf courses & a limitless choice of great restaurants. The home has recently been remodeled with all t...