Idyllic white beaches, edged with cerulean blue and bathed in golden sunshine.
Florida is famed for its beaches – swathes of white sand lapped by clear waters blessed with year round sunshine. Whether you’re looking for a secluded hideaway or a beach bustling with activity, there is something to suit everyone. Clearwater and St Pete Beach offer a wealth of activities and buzzing atmosphere. Naples and Longboat Key are more upmarket, offering fine dining and shops.
- Just a two hour drive from Orlando is the resort of Clearwater Beach, a popular and lively spot on the state’s Gulf of Mexico coast
- Head south along the coast and you will reach St Pete Beach, a quieter resort with miles of white sand beaches and a perfect destination if you are travelling with children
- If you are seeking an upmarket beach destination offering high-end shopping and a spot of culture alongside the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches Naples is the ideal choice
- Fort Lauderdale, a popular cruise port, is criss-crossed by miles of historic waterways and offers a charming riverside as well as a long white sand beach
- Located on a 16 mile barrier island, upscale Palm Beach is a millionaire’s playground offers legendary resorts and beautiful white sand beaches
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Clearwater is one of the most popular and liveliest resorts on the Gulf Coast. Just two hours’ drive west of Orlando, Clearwater boasts miles of fabulous sandy beaches, a glorious sunny climate and a whole range of activities including snorkelling, fishing, dinner cruises and dolphin watching.
If you’re looking for a real Florida hot-spot, then look no further than St. Pete Beach! With seven miles of sugar, sandy beaches, the warm waters of the Gulf and an incredible sunshine record, St. Pete’s is a firm favourite with British holidaymakers.
Tasteful and luxurious, Longboat Key offers high-end boutiques and fine dining accompanied by manicured surroundings and white sandy beaches. One of the more upmarket resorts of the Gulf Coast and one of the quieter barrier islands, it offers the ideal beach destination for the more distinguished traveller.
The island of Captiva offer miles of beaches, with excellent watersports facilities and a relaxed lifestyle. Life on this part of the Gulf Coast is quieter and relaxing, with interesting shops and restaurants to choose from.
The elegant resort of Naples is ideally located for many sights, resorts and beaches and is a great spot for fine dining, shopping and sunbathing. The Everglades start just a short drive from the resort and Miami is about a two hour drive away.
Fort Lauderdale is located about one hour’s drive North of Miami and is known as the “Venice of America” because of the 175 miles of inland waterways that are found in the resort. It has a wonderful beachfront bordered by a wide path that is perfect for running, walking or rollerblading, or just relaxing. Take a gondola ride around Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale for a romantic ride in a beautiful setting.
Located on a 16 mile barrier island off the mainland and ringed with soft white sands, Palm Beach offers guests a more upmarket experience of the beach. West Palm Beach is where the activity takes place with plenty of water and land sports as well as great dining experiences.
If you intend on getting the most out of your trip to the beach, watch the locals, often they’ll be on rollerblades or bikes and this can be a great way to enjoy the views as well as find yourself a quiet spot to relax. Other than that, a particular favourite mode of transportation is digging your toes into the sand and going for a stroll.
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Captiva encompasses all you could desire from a family holiday destination. The beach is the whitest sand and the warm, turquoise sea shelves gently out from the shore, making it really safe for children.
It is hard to resist spending your time just wandering along the beach picking up shells from the thousands lying in the sand. If you can tear yourself away, try hiring a boat for a day and venturing out for lunch on Cabbage Key. You will more than likely be escorted by a friendly dolphin or two on your journey. Kids will also love the Bubble Room restaurant on Captiva, which is filled with memorabilia and the waiting staff are dressed as scouts - great fun!