It is no secret that Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. People experience a sense of nostalgia when they visit places like Disney World and Universal Studios. But the Sunshine State is more than just theme parks. It offers an abundance of beautiful beaches and warm weather practically year-round. If you’re looking to check out somewhere different for your next winter vacation, then consider the preferred (and sometimes little-known) beaches of locals.
Delray Beach. Not only do you have gorgeous weather in Palm Beach County and crystal-clear water, but you have easy access to delectable restaurants, unique shopping and fun night life in this coastal city. Delray Beach offers farmers markets, festivals, art shows and so much more. The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square is a unique spot to visit, while Atlantic Avenue is a hot spot to grab a meal or a drink after taking a dip in the ocean. If you’re looking to visit a beach town that offers gorgeous water, fresh breezes and palm trees but also delicious eats and boutique shops, Delray Beach is a must-see.
Deerfield Beach. Located in Broward Country, Florida, this is an area just south of Palm Beach County and down the street from Boca Raton. Quiet Waters Park boasts 430 acres of pristine beauty and relaxation. One could easily spend the entire day on Deerfield Beach, lounging in the sand in the afternoon (but be sure to slather on sunscreen), then enjoying a peaceful picnic with family in Quiet Waters Park.
New Smyrna Beach. This is a part of Volusia County on the central east coast. Visit during the New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival if you can escape towards the end of November. If you’re able to get away in December or January, check out The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, Inc. if it happens to get a little too chilly to swim. Spend the day bird-watching while strolling along the ocean, then enjoy an evening of sophistication. You can’t go wrong!
Siesta Key Beaches. Maybe it’s the pure-quartz sand that helped Siesta Key earn a ranking as one of the Top United States Family Beaches according to National Geographic Magazine in 2015. Perhaps the amazing sunsets, spectacular blue water and family-friendly environment are why Siesta Beach was ranked as the top beach in America by Dr. Beach back in 2011. Even Travelocity has ranked a Siesta Key Beach (Crescent Beach) amongst the top 25 in the United States. This is certainly an area to check out.
Cocoa Beach. This is a popular spot because of its proximity to theme parks like Sea World, Disney World and Universal Studios. There are plenty of restaurants and beach shops in the area, so it is a good spot less than an hour from the world-renowned theme parks if you’re looking to dip your feet in the ocean.
If you’re lucky enough to escape the frigid cold this winter, don’t forget to check out some of the best beaches in the state of Florida. You won’t be disappointed.
Which beach in Florida is your favorite? Leave a comment below!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.