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Top Florida Beaches on the Gulf Coast
Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi is clearly one of the best beaches in
Florida. This state park is made up of natural
islands along Florida's Gulf Coast, and offers
beautiful, white sandy beaches. There is a 3
mile nature trail, a 108-slip marina, picnic
pavilions, bathhouses, a playground, and park
concessions. Located near Dunedin, Florida,
the park is accessible only by private boat or
ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park. It was
rated America's best beach in 2008. The
picture above shows an aerial view that gives
you a glimpse of some of the natural beauty
Florida has some of the best beaches to visit,
and many of these are located on the Gulf
Coast. Florida beaches have consistently
ranked high on lists of top beaches in America.
In fact, just thinking about Florida, conjures up
images of beautiful, pristine beaches, with fluffy,
white sand, and emerald or turquoise colored
water. While no two people can probably agree
on which Florida beach is the best, here are
some of the ones that make our top list, on the
Gulf of Mexico. So, kick off your shoes and get
ready to walk barefoot and feel the sand
squeezing up between your toes, as you watch
the waves come rolling up on the beach.
Caladesi Island State Park - North Beach
St. Andrews State Park
St. Andrews is well known for its clean white sands and emerald green waters. It has over one and a
half miles of beaches, and if your family loves to fish, then you will appreciate the two fishing piers, a
jetty, and the boat ramp. A concession stand offers snacks and fishing amenities. Enjoy swimming,
snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, and scuba diving, along with hiking, bird-watching and other activities.
Full-facility campsites are also available. Located near Panama City, Florida.
Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach offers sugar white beaches, cabins, and full-facility campgrounds, and has consistently
ranked among the most beautiful beaches in America. Most of the park is ADA accessible. Activities
include sunbathing, swimming, surf fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Plus, there are over 4 miles of
trails for hikers and bicyclists to enjoy. Located near Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
This park offers ten miles of white sandy beaches and over 240 species of birds for bird watchers.
Enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, hiking and biking. For those who like to camp or stay
overnight, there is a full-facility campground, and eight cabins on the bay. Located near Port St. Joe,
Henderson Beach State Park
Destin is noted for its soft, white sand and beautiful emerald waters. The area has a number of beach
access points, but one of the nicest is at Henderson Beach State Park. There is a small entrance fee,
but it provides you access to a number of amenities at the park, along with pristine white sugar sand
beaches and a little over a mile of natural scenic shoreline, bordering the emerald green waters of the
Gulf of Mexico. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for fishing, sunbathing, and swimming.
Located near Destin, in Florida's Panhandle.
There are many beautiful beaches in Florida to choose from, including many great Florida beaches
over on the Atlantic Coast. Florida beaches are warm all year round. Make plans to take your family to
the beach this year and relax in the sun, swim in the ocean, or work on a sand castle together - you will
be glad that you did. Have a great trip!
Here is a link to access the sites for these popular Gulf Coast beaches and many others, so that you
can start planning your next family beach vacation.