White sand, palm trees, clear water, great weather and more. That is what Florida has got to offer. Although, it’s possible that the majority of people from abroad only know of the famous Miami South Beach, there is so much more worth seeing. Do you want to find out more? Don’t stop reading now.
1. Miami South Beach
It would be a crime to visit Florida and not go to South Beach. I truly enjoyed visiting it, because the water was nice, warm and clean and obviously the beach was just wonderful. You should expect lots of people though. Good thing is, you can stay at the beach as long as you want and for example, to watch the sunset because they do not close the gate for public. Although, an evening walk around Ocean Drive is really cool, I enjoyed the busyness of the city. There are plenty of nice restaurants and shops too. We went to Bar & Restaurante Cubano because honestly, after being in USA for two months, I needed a bit change when it came to food and their chicken soup was just lovely. We also tried a non-alcoholic drink called Iron beer, which I highly recommend.
2. Cocoa Beach
We have been staying in a villa in Davenport, which is really nice even without going to the beach, but I couldn’t help myself, so we went to Cocoa Beach. Big highlight of this beach was that it wasn’t too crowded and the water was really nice and clear. On the other hand, you do need to pay for parking spot near the beach and the waves will literally knock you out of your swimming suits.
3. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater beach which is located close to Tampa and an hour and half from Orlando, is pretty similar to South Beach, it’s not as busy and it probably has the best combination of sand and water in Florida. You could actually swim in it since it wasn’t too wavy and the water is deep after few metres.
4. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach
This beach is located near famous Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West and it’s the only beach from the list above you actually have to pay for entry but it is definitely worth it. You do need to know, that this beach is not sandy, so you will need to use beach shoes to stay comfortable. People often go snorkelling here because the sea life is insane, and the water has great visibility.
5. Smathers Beach
And last, but definitely not least is Smathers beach. I literally fell in love with this Key West beach. There was almost nobody there, yet the nature around was truly breath-taking. White sand, super clean and warm water, beautiful palms, free parking next to the beach, and open for public… Calm and peaceful place which looked like it was from a holiday brochure. It’s definitely a must see in Florida.