Florida is also known as the sunshine state of the USA - here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. For miles its turquoise water and fine, white sand: this is what most of the beaches in the state look like on the east coast of the United States. In addition to secluded sections where you can enjoy the sea all to yourself, there are also many lively beaches with good infrastructure, various shops, sports facilities and gastronomic diversity. Here, every traveller will find the perfect place for a relaxing beach holiday.
One of Florida's finest beaches is Siesta Beach on the 12km Siesta Key Island, located in the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota County. Here, the holiday guests expect snow-white sand and an azure blue sea. No stones or algae spoil the bathing pleasure. Thanks to its good infrastructure, Siesta Beach is perfect for a carefree beach day. Facilities include a kiosk, toilets, playgrounds and picnic areas, making Siesta Beach not only popular with families. Our tip: Play a game of tennis or volleyball in the designated areas on the beach.
The St. Pete Beach, in the city of the same name, is one of the top beaches in Florida or even America. It is an Eldorado for all water sports lovers, because such a diverse range of sports is on offer, such as paddle boarding and windsurfing. An original patch of earth with a natural beach welcomes you in the Pass-a-Grille Beach section. Along the coast from St. Pete Beach are numerous charming motels and nostalgic guest houses. Worth seeing is the lively Corey Avenue near the coast, where there are plenty of shops and galleries. Our tip: Take advantage of the many on-site water sports and take a look at St. Pete Beach while kiting and parasailing from the water or the air.
Clearwater Beach was chosen as the most beautiful coastal town in Florida. Here the beach drops very flat into the sea and the sand is as white and fine as icing sugar. The palm-fringed promenade is home to several shops, bars and restaurants. In addition, Pier 60 is a popular promenade. For a relaxing day by the sea, you can rent umbrellas and cabanas on the beach. Our tip: In the north of Clearwater Beach, where the residential areas are located, it is much quieter, so you can spend many undisturbed hours here with your family away from the hustle and bustle.
Fort de Soto Park is not just a beach, but also a county park that stretches across five islands in the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is very popular, especially for families with smaller children, and this is not without reason: a playground with a large pirate ship invites them to run riot and the tide pool is perfect for splashing for the younger holidaymakers. Our tip: Rent a kayak or a bike and explore the unique nature around Fort de Soto Park.
A typical beach for Florida is Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island, which you can reach from the car park after a walk over a wooden bridge. Once there you will find an almost untouched paradise, because at Bowman's Beach there are no houses and hotels, but only grassy dunes, fine sand and the wide, blue sea. Showers, toilets and changing rooms are still available, so you can easily spend a full day at this quiet Florida beach. Our tip: Bring a picnic basket and organise a leisurely barbecue in the barbecue areas at Bowman's Beach.
Miami also has countless beautiful beaches. The most famous representative of these is South Beach, also known as the American Riviera. The impressive skyline on the coast, the picturesque Art Deco houses and of course the endless, sandy beach make up the charm of the district. At the beach, lifeguards, sanitary facilities and kiosks ensure your safety and well-being. Our tip: Also visit Miami Beach in the evening, as the world-famous Ocean Drive comes to life.
An idyllic beach in Florida is the Grayton Beach in Walton County with its green-covered dune landscapes, because the inhabitants are relaxed and open. Accordingly, it is quiet on the paradise beach in the midst of the same state park. Our tip: Take a pair of goggles and a snorkel because the water at Grayton Beach is so clear that you can snorkel here.
One of the most popular public nudist beaches in the US is Haulover Beach in Miami Beach. Here, followers of the nudity culture get their money's worth, because on this picturesque stretch of beach clothing is superfluous. A lifeguard ensures safety during a beach holiday on Haulover Beach. Our tip: Stroll through the wide dune landscapes and marvel at the colourful sunset.
The Bahia Honda State Park with the Sandspur Beach is located in the middle of the Florida Keys on the island of Bahia Honda Key about 19km south of Marathon. The beach is the largest on the island and has showers and toilets. You can also rent kayaks and snorkelling gear here. Our tip: Book a boat excursion to the offshore coral reef and watch the colourful underwater world of the Florida Keys.
Just over an hour's drive from Orlando, Cocoa Beach stretches along the Atlantic coast. This is very popular with surfers because the ocean waves are ideal for surfing. On many days Cocoa Beach does not have a vast number of visitors, so you are guaranteed to find a quiet spot for sunbathing. For the physical well-being of the beach visitors there are various restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. Our tip: Try something new and go deep-sea fishing at Cocoa Beach, which is offered by local operators.