Florida's Best Beaches
|Saturday, May 25, 2013|
Enjoy our Finest Beaches
Our Favorite Beaches
The Focus: Unique Flavor and Style
As a natural born Floridian, with 40+ years of a fun-and-sun beach play, it was an honor that Fun-Florida-Getaways.com asked for my help in selecting some of the top beaches in Florida. I grew up as a child playing and loving the beaches around my home near Lido Beach. Having lived in Sarasota, Bradenton, Ft. Myers, Miami, Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, to name a few, I felt my years of loving and exploring the beaches all over Florida are worthy of this honor.
While the most recognized beach venues are typically very nice and worthy of the popularity...it is the uniqueness and local flavor that adds the spice to a special place in the sand. The selections that follow all promise relaxation, variety, great views, and beachside getaways that are special, one-of-a-kind, and will have you coming back for more!
Pancake Breakfast on the Beach
It's Holmes Beach
That's right, a wonderfully prepared all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for about six bucks, right along the Gulf waters. Have coffee, breakfast, read the paper and then take a magnificent walk on this nice Manatee County shoreline. Located on Anna Maria Island, not too far from Bradenton, you get the a top beach with great water and sunset views to cherish.
The area has so many neat things to see and do...Anna Maria Island is a great area to explore on bikes, has two first class piers for fishing, with some super beach pubs, cafes, and shopping spots. If you get a chance, this is a fantastic must-do Florida beach. Expect a laid-back beach town feel, to relax and enjoy. (more)
Show me the Waves!
Treat yourself to a wonderful weekend or day trip and enjoy the big waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Here you get to swim right along side the local surfers and a enjoy a fantastic wide-stretch of sandy beach. It is Cocoa Beach, home to the great beach gear shopping at Ron John's Surf Shop and the beach proclaimed as the as Florida's surfing capital.
Right in the middle of Cocoa Beach is the always fun to see and do Cocoa Beach Pier which juts way out over the ocean. This wonderful landmark is great to dine or drink cocktails, all the while absorbing the picturesque coastline and the surfers below, day or night! This is a great little beach town to getaway and enjoy beach side bars with live music, excellent dining, shopping, and nearly every water sport you can think of. Cocoa Beach is a great outdoor playground! (more)
A Top-10 Beach
Fort Desoto's North Beach
Down on the south side of Pinellas County you will find a beach treasure that is yours for the taking. It is absolutely a wonderful beach zone named North Beach. This beach park is part of St. Petersburg's Fort Desoto Park, a monster beach park that is actually made up of a group of connecting islands that extend out into the Gulf.
This beach park is so rare, as much of the area is preserved and so very natural. The combination of the white sand, tall trees, and gorgeous water gives North Beach a special appeal. Martha Jackson was sunning comfortably and stated, "We come back at least monthly. My kids love the playgrounds and rafting on the water. We take long walks and just really enjoy the views". North Beach has been highly awarded by many TV, newspapers, and magazines as being a top-10 U.S. beach.
Nearly ever sort of beach activity is here to enjoy as well. The park's 20+ boat ramps helps make this a boating bonanza. You can bring or rent kayaks and enjoy the calm bayside water. There are miles of paved trails for you biking and rollerblading. Fort Desoto's picnic facilities are well maintained and abundant. It is a hot spot for fishing, with two nice piers to cast from. The park even has a lot of nature trails to enjoy. So you have plenty of options, all with spectacular views. (more)
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