Best Florida Beach Towns


Florida, often considered the Sunshine State, has it all. There are beaches, city life, and nature reserves, so you can always find something that meets your needs. Whether you want to go surfing or scuba diving, there are plenty of places where you can do both.

Flagler Beach

With a population of just over 2,800 people, Flagler Beach is a small Florida town with big potential. It boasts beautiful beaches and an inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for families looking to enjoy their summer days. If you’re interested in getting away from it all without getting too far away from civilization, this might be the place for you.

It has a six-mile stretch of beautiful beaches, open-air dining, bountiful fishing and a fishing pier, surfing, natural parks, and eclectic shops in this retro town. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach is a great place to take the family for a day trip. Flagler Beach Museum, North Peninsula State Park, and Flagler Beach Municipal Pier are great places to visit as well. And don’t forget to visit Whaam Burgers while you’re there for an awesome meal!

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is a great place to visit for the history, beach, and shopping opportunities. History buffs will love touring the many historic sites from the Civil War era. For example, there’s Fort Florida in New Smyrna Beach. This fort was built in 1836 by pioneers who were trying to establish a permanent settlement on Florida’s east coast after having failed at other locations before it. The fort is now home to exhibits about those early settlers and their lives during this period of time in America’s history.

There are also many unique shops like Seashells & Such that sell shells and other items made from seashells as well as handmade jewelry made from recycled silverware! Additionally, there are plenty of restaurants including Chico’s Tacos where you can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, or go next door where you’ll find La Cocina de Abuelita (Abuelita means grandmother) which serves up delicious traditional Cuban food!

New Smyrna Beach is a great place if you love getting out on the water because they have boat tours available through companies like Island Water Sports where riders get picked up by boat at their house and then taken out onto Halifax River where they can ride around until sunset takes over before being dropped off again at home!!!

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination and is known for its beaches, nightlife, and culture. There are many different things to do in Fort Lauderdale such as going to the beach, exploring the city’s historical sites and museums, or relaxing at one of its many parks. The city has a humid subtropical climate with an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months (June through September). The average annual precipitation ranges from 52 inches in January to 77 inches in October with thunderstorms occurring throughout the year.

The population of Fort Lauderdale was estimated to be 140,000 people in 2016 according to U.S Census Bureau data which makes it Florida’s 12th largest city by population size.

Delray Beach

Delray Beach is located south of the Atlantic Ocean and is part of Palm Beach County. It has a population of about 60,000 people and has been named one of the best places for tourists to visit in Florida by several magazines and websites. The city has many shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels that make it a popular tourist destination.

The beach in Delray Beach has been named one of the top beaches in America by TripAdvisor, which ranks it number 15 out of 100 beaches that they have visited over time on their website. They mention that there are plenty of activities available on this beach such as swimming or surfing if you want to get wet while enjoying some sun rays during your stay here! Check out the Blue Gallery and wall sculptures by Joel Amit as you stroll by. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are great places to visit and view interesting pieces of history and gardens. The Sandoway Discovery Center is also an interesting place to study nature and is also home to a 15.000 gal saltwater pool that houses a nurse shark and stingrays. Find these places and more in Delray!

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is a popular beach community in Tampa Bay, Florida. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Tampa Bay area and has been voted as one of America’s Top 10 Beaches by TripAdvisor.

Clearwater Beach is known for its wide, sandy beaches that stretch along the Gulf Coast of west central Florida. These beaches are lined with resorts, restaurants, and other attractions like Pier 60 with its Ferris wheel overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. There is the Florida Botanical Gardens, Boca Ciega Millenium Park, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, and of course, the Clearwater Marine Museum made famous by the late renowned dolphin, Winter, and her tale made known by the movie, A Dolphin Tale.


Destin is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 7,890 at the 2010 census. Destin is primarily known as a tourist destination, with a large concentration of hotels, restaurants, and other tourist attractions on both sides of U.S. Highway 98. Fort Walton Beach is a city in southern Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 28,900 at the 2010 census. Founded as “Fort Walton” by Egbert Fowle in 1861 before being renamed by its first mayor James Tilton after his former home in Maine (which subsequently itself became part of Maine).

The town was founded as Fort Walton because there were no roads connecting it to Pensacola or Apalachicola and so there would be no invasion from those locations.

There is no end of things to do in Destin. You can visit Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Harbour and Boardwalk, Silver Sands Premium Outlets for your shopping, Destin History & Fishing Museum, and Destin Dog Park for your furbabies! And many, many more things to see and do!

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is a city located in northwestern Florida. It is known for its beaches, which include the famous Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, and the Okaloosa County Convention Center. The city is located on the Okaloosa Island peninsula, between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida.

It is a beach community on the Gulf of Mexico, with a large number of tourists visiting from all over the world.

In 2010, the city had a population of approximately 33,000 residents. Walton Beach is home to Eglin Air Force Base and the Okaloosa County Convention Center. It also hosts many events throughout the year, including the Florida State Amateur Championship Golf Tournament and the Florida State Beach Volleyball Championships.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a beach resort town located on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. It has a population of about 7,000 and is popular with tourists for its wide variety of restaurants and shops. The town does not have any major attractions besides its sandy beaches, but that’s enough to make it an attractive destination for travelers who want to enjoy some time away from the city without having to travel far. Fort Myers Beach has a relaxed atmosphere and is known for its nightlife scene.

It is popular with vacationers who want to take advantage of its beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere. The town has many shops and restaurants, but it’s not as big or busy as nearby Fort Myers or Cape Coral. You can go on dolphin and manatee viewing trips, sunset sails, dolphin tours, and cruises, parasailing, shelling, kayaking, jet skiing, or even go on a scavenger hunt. There are so many things to do in Fort Myers Beach.

Key West

Key West is a great option for those who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big tourist towns. Located in the Florida Keys (yes, it’s technically not a town), Key West has plenty of things to do on land and in the water.

  • Sailing: Whether you’re just getting your sea legs or have been sailing your whole life, there are plenty of options for sailing in Key West. From rentals to charters, there’s something for everyone! Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • Scuba Diving: If you’re interested in scuba diving but don’t want to travel far from home, Key West is an excellent choice—you can see some amazing underwater life without having to make a long journey from coast-to-coast.
  • Snorkeling: One thing that makes snorkeling so popular is how easy it is to start doing it—all you need is a mask (and maybe some flippers). If you want an experience with less equipment and more flexibility than scuba diving allows, then snorkeling may be right up your alley! Plus, many people find that they prefer snorkeling over scuba diving because they don’t want anything heavy around their neck while swimming around underwater looking at fishies 🙂

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, and the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental U.S. It has a rich history and is home to many historical landmarks, including Fort Matanzas National Monument and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. St. Augustine also has more than 200 museums, from small local museums like The Museum of Florida History to larger ones like the International Karting Hall of Fame & Museum (7 mi away), which attracts over 1 million visitors each year. There are also plenty of entertainment options for travelers with kids: enjoy an hour-long train ride through beautiful Anastasia State Park (6 mi away); hunt for fossils at Dinosaur World Discovery Center (5 mi away), or let them splash around at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium & Aquarium (4 mi away).

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach is one of the largest coastal cities in South Florida. It has a population of about 75,000 people and is located on the Atlantic Ocean near Miami.

Deerfield Beach is named after the Deerfield River in Massachusetts. It was incorporated in 1915 as a town and received its city charter in 1953.

Deerfield Beach is one of the cities included within Broward County, Florida but it also has its own distinct identity as an independent community with its own culture and traditions that set it apart from other communities within this vast county which stretches across much of South Florida from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach County on both sides of Interstate 95/Florida Turnpike.

Vero Beach

You can’t go wrong with Vero Beach, a small city in the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast. This quaint and historic town is home to a lot of great restaurants, but if you’re looking for some good seafood or local fare, try out Crabby’s Seafood Shack for some truly tasty crab cakes. You can also check out the Historic Downtown District for all kinds of artsy shops and galleries—or visit the countless historical landmarks located throughout town that makeup Vero Beach’s rich history.

The beaches are definitely worth checking out as well: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park has beautiful white sand beaches with crystal clear water perfect for swimming and surfing; Barefoot Beach Resort has hidden coves surrounded by mangroves where you can relax on hammocks under palm trees; Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area offers miles of pristine beachfront property punctuated by sandy dunes with plenty of room for sunbathing and other activities like kiteboarding or surfing.


So, there you have it, the best of Florida beach towns! Keep in mind that all these towns are just a short drive from each other, so if you find one place not quite meeting your expectations, there’s always another nearby.

Linda Aiken

Retired soccer mom; Mom of "the boy" (Gabriel); SAHM; and mom to one furbaby, Leo, who rules the house!

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