With 1,350 miles of coastline bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is home to many top-rated beaches in the entire country. Many of these beaches receive top awards and designations by TripAdvisor, Conde Nast Traveler and Dr. Beach each year. In the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola Beach
is the top beach destination. In the Tampa Bay region, Clearwater Beach
is the clear winner. In the Sarasota area, Siesta Key Beach
with its sugar-like powder sand often ranks as the top beach destination in the entire state. In SW Florida, Sanibel Island is a top destination for beachgoers.
In SE Florida, South Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach
are popular attractions. Cocoa Beach, just east of Orlando, is a top beach for those who live in the I-4 corridor. In general, the east coast beaches get larger waves and offer better conditions for surfing than the protected, calmer waters of the Gulf.
Siesta Key Beach Panormaic View
Fort Lauderdale Beach