Florida is a popular destination for visitors. It’s estimated that more than 75 million people visit Florida each year! Many of these visitors head down to the Sunshine State to visit one of the beaches, especially popular for family vacations. There are 5 great Florida beach towns that are a must see for travelers.
Daytona Beach is located just northeast of Orlando by about 81 miles. The beaches sand is hard-packed. It’s so hard packed in fact that before the Daytona Beach International Speedway was built in 1959, races used to occur on the beach. Each year thousands of visitors come to the area for the motorsports as well as the beautiful beaches. There is plenty of space to sunbathe and participate in water sports like surfing and parasailing. Since so many people travel to Daytona Beach throughout the year, there are well over 100 different hotels to choose from. Some of these hotels are only steps from the ocean. In addition to the beach activities, this town is also home to LPGA International. Visitors can take in a round of golf there on one of the two 18 hole golf courses. For those wanting to get in a little bit of culture there’s the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Halifax Historical Museum and Southeast Museum of Photography. For those that want to go shopping or grab a bite to eat the Daytona Beach Boardwalk is a great place to visit. There are numerous shops and restaurants at the boardwalk as well as an amusement park.
Sanibel is a small little beach town located in Lee County on Sanibel Island. It has shell beaches which make it a popular travel destination. Not only are shells abundant, but visitors can also spot sand dollars, scallops and mollusks. Sanibel is generally not crowded so it’s a great place to travel too for those that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Canoeing and fishing are popular water activities in the area. There’s also the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can spend the day walking through mangroves and seeing some of the wildlife that live in the area. Periwinkle Way is the place to shop, eat and purchase souvenirs in Sanibel. Many of the areas hotels are located within walking distance as well.
St. Augustine is located between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. It’s nicknamed the ancient city because it’s considered to be the oldest city in the nation. Generally the climate is pretty mild year round which attracts around 5 million visitors to the area throughout the year. The clear water and white, sandy beaches are the perfect spot to hang out with your kids or to participate in surf lessons or beach volleyball. The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is a great place to visit as its home to the world’s largest collection of pirate artifacts. For those that want to see as much of St. Augustine as possible Ripley’s St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains will take guests on a 22 stop tour around the area. There’s a variety of hotels and bed and breakfasts available for visitors.
Panama City is 95 miles from Pensacola. The emerald green water beaches are over 27 miles long. One of the interesting things about the white sand is that it’s actually made out of quartz crystals from the Appalachian Mountains that have made its way down to the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is perfect to build a sandcastle or burry your loved one. Panama City is the great place to travel to for those with kids. Not only is it a beautiful beach town, but there’s a lot of family activities to participate in. There are two different mazes that families can try to make their way out of as well as Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Pier Park has over 900,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and attractions. Panama City not only has the traditional hotels and motels for travelers to stay at, but they also have beach houses and condos available for rent.
Cocoa Beach is located in Brevard County. Over 2 million visitors flock to the area each year. There are over 6 miles of beaches and 3 ocean front parks. A beach trolley is available for visitors to get around the town. Kayaking and boogie boarding are popular activities and there are many businesses in the area that will rent either of these items to visitors for a small fee. The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area. It features a movie theater that’s over 3 stories high as well as daily laser shows. The Cocoa Beach Pier is the place to go for food and shopping. It’s over 840 feet long and visitors can even rent fishing poles and fish off of the pier. Visitors can choose lodging from popular chain hotels or mom and pop type establishments.
Almost any time of year is a good time to visit Florida. The beach towns listed above offer not only a great beach experience, but a variety of attractions as well. If you are interested in booking a beach vacation, we can help you.