Florida Beach Vacation Planner

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    Florida's Best Beaches

    Melbourne Beach, Florida
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    As you may know, Florida has some of the best beaches in the world. It is not surprising... the Sunshine State is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico providing coastline – some 1200 miles – which offers sun worshipers many types of beach experiences. No matter where you are in Florida, there is a beach just a short drive away – from the Panhandle to the Keys and every place in between.

    So, sit back and explore... surf some of Florida's best beaches from the comfort of your home. We've got everything beachy right here on the next few pages!

    Florida's Top Beaches - For almost 15 years, every Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, issues his annual list of the Top 20 Beaches. Several of Florida's beaches regularly rank in the Top 10. | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 |

    Simply Sand-sational Beaches - Beach lovers love sand, and Florida has some of the finest! There are miles...MORE of great sand along Florida's coast and we have the scoop on the best.

    Disabled Beach Access - No vacation to Florida is complete without a trip to the beach, and that also goes for the disabled. Now beach access is easier than ever!

    Beach Packing Tips - No matter where you are in Florida, you are no more than 60 miles from a beach, so it's easy to see beach-going is a favorite activity. If you're planning a day (or more) at the beach, there are certain "must have" items that you won't want to leave home or your hotel room without.

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    Nude & Gay Beaches

    Footprints in the sand
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    Florida has over 1200 miles of coastline and that translates into beaches galore! Here is where you can begin to compare beach destinations to your individual preferences – natural seashore with dunes or white pristine sand, private and secluded or convenient to nearby accommodations.

    Florida's Nude Beaches - The bare truth about Florida's nude and clothing optional beaches and resorts.

    Haulover Beach - Portions of Haulover Beach have been designated as clothing-optional and is a popular spot among gays and naturists.

    Playalinda Beach - One of the few areas in Florida where nude sunbathing is still a practice.


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    Beach Profiles A to G

    Anna Maria Island
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    American Beach - This African-American beach lies along Florida's East Coast between Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island Plantation.

    Atlantic Beach - Atlantic Beach is one of three that comprise Jacksonville's oceanfront.

    Bethune Beach - A stretch of sand along the south end of New Smyrna Beach on Florida's East Coast.

    Caladesi Island State Park - America's #1 beach!
    Caladesi Island Photo Tour

    Clearwater Beach - This is one of the best municipal beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast.

    Cocoa Beach - Just an hour east of Orlando and the attractions is the closest beach, and it's the hippest, happening, all-around place that has surf!

    Daytona Beach - Big beach with big fun for all ages!
    Daytona Beach Photo Tour

    Fernandina Beach - Known as Florida's first beach town since it's located at the north end of Amelia Island, Florida's northernmost barrier island.

    Flagler Beach - Often called the "Peaceful Beach," because of lack of interest from the outside world,...MORE Flagler's beach is a well-kept secret.

    Fort Myers & Sanibel Island - A favorite Gulf Coast beach destination for thousands of Floridians. You'll see why tourists love it too!

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    Beach Profiles H to M

    Hutchinson Island
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    Haulover Beach - Portions of Haulover Beach have been designated as clothing-optional and is a popular spot among gays and naturists.

    Honeymoon Island - This barrier island beach destination has the feeling of isolation with easy access and convenient facilities.
    Honeymoon Island Photo Tour

    Lido Beach - Sarasota's well-kept secret is this trio of gulf-front beaches.

    Little Talbot Island State Park - Located east of Jacksonville and south of Amelia Island and boasts over five miles of white sand beach.

    Madeira Beach - Years ago popularly known as "Mad Beach," still has a special charm.

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    Beach Profiles N to Z

    St. Joseph Beach
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    Pensacola Beach - Set on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola's sugar-white sand looks like snow to many, but you're sure to warm to this area's beaches and activities.

    Playalinda Beach - One of the few areas in Florida where nude sunbathing is still a practice.

    South Beach - This art deco district is the world's most in-vogue neighborhood.

    St. Pete Beach - Great beach with limited public access.

    Summer Beach - This upscale resort development is located at the south end of Fernandina Beach on Florida's East Coast.

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    Beach Photos/Cams

    Man drifting in thought on beach
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    Beach Cams - Check out the action and the surf on some of Florida's most popular beaches.

    Beach Photos - A selection of pictures representing some of Florida's most popular beach destinations.
    Caladesi Island Photo Tour
    Daytona Beach Photo Tour
    Honeymoon Island Photo Tour

    Sunset Photos - If you think when you've seen one sunset, you've seen them all, then you haven't seen these Florida sunsets.

    Water Sport Photos - Florida is virtually a water playground with a water activity for just about anyone. Explore the possibilities... picture yourself having the time of your life in Florida!

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    Sand & Shells

    Sand and shells
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    All About Sand & Sandcastles - Find out everything about sand that you were afraid to ask, plus plenty of sandcastle building tips. | Sculpted Dune Buggy |

    All About Shells - If you came home from the beach with shells and you don't know what to do with them, here are some tips. First of all, don't throw them away! Even if they begin to stink. There are several ways of cleaning your shells so you end up with beautiful souvenirs of your trip. After you clean them, don't just pack them away... display them! I have gathered several ideas on how to decorate with shells. Or, you can turn them into holiday ornaments with these crafty ideas:
    | How to Make a Shell Angel | How to Make a Sand Dollar Ornament | Sand and Shell Picture |

    The BEST Shelling in Florida - Although you can find shells on just about any beach, southwest Florida's Lee Island Coast on the Gulf of Mexico boasts some of the best shelling in the United States. Find out what makes these islands so special.

    The...MORE Legend of the Sand Dollar - Some say Jesus' birth and death is depicted in this beautiful shell and this legend tells the story.

    Where to Find Seashells - The best beaches for shelling, shelling tours, shell museums and awesome shell shops.

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    Beach Activities

    Beach Biking
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    10 Things To Do at the Beach - Try one of these fun ideas if you get tired of swimming and sunbathing.

    Beach Volleyball - The history, rules and variations of beach volleyball.

    Classic Beach Games - Disney's Family Fun brings you classic beach game ideas including beach bowling, sand tic-tac-toe and more.

    Sunset Celebrations - Florida's sunsets are spectacular, and people in two Florida communities – Key West and Clearwater Beach – think that is reason enough to celebrate!

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    Sun, Sand & Surf Safety

    Girl in surf
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    Beach Swimming Safety - Although the beach is a wonderful experience, there are times and conditions that are a safety concern. Know the rules... have a safe vacation.

    Beach Tip of the Day - A different tip each day for a week to keep your family safe.

    Beat the Florida Heat - Hot ideas for keeping your cool in the Florida sun.

    Heat Stress Symptoms - Symptoms and treatments for various stages of heat stress.

    Lightning Is Serious Risk - Florida is the lightning capital of the United States. Lightning strikes in Central Florida this time of year more often than anywhere else. Take a quiz to test your knowledge of the danger and find tips here to help keep you safe.

    Sharks! - With good reason, sharks evoke a certain fear within us. Recent reports of shark attacks along the coast in Florida's Panhandle may make us even more fearful. While that reaction is natural, experts tell us not to panic. I've put together some statistics that might just prove them right. Also, find tips to reduce...MORE your risk of a shark encounter or attack.

    Sun, Sand & Surf Safety - Avoid scorching sunburns and water hazards that can ruin your vacation with these easy-to-follow safety tips.

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    Florida Beach Guides

    Fort Myers beach access ramp
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    Foghorn Outdoors: Florida Beaches - "All you have to do is grab your towel, this beach guide, and head for the Sunshine State to the beach of your choice. It's easy to plan your days from morning 'til night with all the details provided."