Florida Beaches & Piers

No visit to Florida is complete without dipping your toes in the sand and sea. Florida is a beach lover’s paradise. With over thousands of miles of coastlines and hundreds of beaches, a day of soaking up the sun and swimming through water is inevitable if you are living in or visiting the Sunshine State. Beaches in Florida all have different qualities, from being heavily populated to virtually isolated, to having pristine white sands to clear waters, the choices in beaches to visit are abound.

See Also: Florida Coastal Areas | Florida National Seashores

Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida. 

Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is a chain of islands including Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar, and Three Rooker Island. The islands are an absolute perfect location to set up a camp right on the beach and go camping over night with nothing but what you bring and the beautiful waters of the Preserve. The park is completely secluded, only accessible by boat or by ferry service; and with over 400 acres of park to explore including an amazing 1887 lighthouse, it is the perfect place to relax on the beach for as long as your supplies will let you. 

Avalon State Park is a mile long secluded and undeveloped beach just waiting for your arrival. The beach and dune habitats are home to many rare Florida species, including many species of sea turtles that use the non populated beach as a nesting place during the spring and summer months. Come prepared to enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, or fishing on the beach, or simply come and relax under the sun. 

Bahia Honda Key, is an island that helps to form the beautiful tropical destination that is the Florida Keys. The island is home to the park itself making Bahia Honda State Park one of the southern most state parks in the country. The park is everything you could expect from a Florida Keys tropical destination. Come visit the clear ocean waters of the island and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking and much more. 

Bald Point State Park is a 4,065 acre chunk of wildlife hanging off of the western end of the Florida panhandle right on the Golf of Mexico. The park is perfect for nature goers and birdwatchers with much of Florida's intricate habitats to explore. Not too mention the amazing wildlife on display including bald eagles in the fall, among other Florida birds migrating south for the winter. The parks beaches are also great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing near the ocean water. 

Home to one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida, Camp Helen State Park is located in Panama City Beach. This park is 180 acres in size and activities that can be done here include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Guests can also learn how to kayak and paddle board if they are feeling adventurous enough. The walking trails for hikers have some great photographic characteristics so be sure to bring your camera if you're into nature photography shots. 

Don Pedro Island State Park is only accessible by private boat or ferry, but it's definitely worth the short trip across the water. There are endangered species in this area, such as West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, and American oystercatchers, so be sure to be on the lookout for the wildlife. The beach is one mile long with beautiful white sand where visitors can sunbathe, swim, snorkel, and look for sea shells. The entire park is 230 acres of land and is a popular area for hikers and nature lovers to explore. With a fishing dock, kayak launch, paddle boarding rentals, and picnic facilities, it's easy to spend a few hours here!

This park is a beautiful area for those who just need to relax and get away for a few hours or even a day. There's a sandy white beach for visitors to sunbath, play in the sand, swim, and look for sea shells as well as fishing spots, hiking trails, and the option to camp and enjoy nature for more than a day. It's very possible to see a variety of animals here such as dolphins, sea turtles, and other saltwater fish along with a variety of birds. If you're a fan of nature photography, this is the perfect place to get some practice in with the camera. The state park is also one of the best areas to stargaze at, so even if you don't decide to camp, be sure to stick around until after dark to look at the beautiful night skies. 

Located near the area of Clearwater, Fort De Soto Park is a beautiful place to take the children to play in the sand or walk the shore line with a significant other. The sands are sugary white and waters are blue, it really does make for the perfect setting for something special. The grounds are just over 1,100 acres full of natural beauty. With a wonderful beach, play area for the kids, and so much to explore, this is the perfect sunny day outing for a group of friends or a family. 

Located on Daytona Beach, the Boardwalk is full of fun games, cool shops, and exhilarating rides that will take your breath away. The Boardwalk is sometimes known as the "Broadwalk" because of the wide width of the walkway and because it's made of cement instead of wooden boards. It includes two arcades full of games that throw out tickets to the winners so they can get prizes for their earnings. There are two small snack shops that provide your regular fair food like French fries, ice cream, burgers, and pizza. The rides include a Ferris wheel, Slingshot, Tilt-O-Whirl, Go-Carts, and a roller coaster. During the summer months, there are free concerts to enjoy at the Bandshell on the north end of the area. And it's all just steps away from the Daytona Beach, so be sure to bring your swim suit for some fun in the sand. 

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