Which is the best beach on the coast of Florida? It depends on who you ask. One thing is for sure – South Beach is not on our list. Instead, this article is dedicated to some undiscovered gems.
The first one is Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin. Brilliant white sand meets cerulean and tons of beautiful seashells. This pristine, 3.5-mile-long island is accessible only by ferry and feels like a piece of paradise saved for a select few.
This beach features elegant hotels like Faena Hotel Miami Beach and caters to hipsters who are bored by South Beach. There are lots of beach and pool clubs to choose from, and the nightlife is about as amazing as it can get.
Grayton Beach State Park, South Walton
Grayton Beach impresses with hundreds of acres of bright white sands and a coastal dune lake rich in wildlife. Among the attractions here is the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), the first permanent underwater sculpture exhibit in the US, which is also part of South Walton’s larger artificial reef program.
Siesta Key Beach
This huge beach along the Gulf of Mexico boasts the finest sand in the world. It is almost 100% pure quartz, which keeps it cool even in extreme heat.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne
This is another undiscovered treasure trove. This mile-long, pristine beach is located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne. The days are long and lovely, and the sunsets – to die for. You can rent a bike and ride down the local trails—there’s an extensive bike network on the island with fabulous Miami skyline views. One local attraction is the circa-1845 Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest building in South Florida. Another sight that’s not to miss is Stiltsville, a collection of historic dwellings that looks like it is floating on the Bay.