The Sunshine State of Florida proudly wears its name, which was officially adopted by the Florida state legislature in the early 1970s. After all, the sun shines over 230 days per year. And this is only the average. These record sunshine numbers have set the start for the tourism and vacation paradise that has transformed the state of Florida.
Following is a list of the 5 top Sunshine State beaches to discover and enjoy with your family and friends:
1. Key West
It shouldn't be a surprise that Key West takes the first position in this list. Locals often refer to it as “Paradise on earth.” They are not so far away from the truth as you might think. Key West is located just off the coast of mainland Florida. A short boat ride away from the Sunshine State lay the sugary sand beaches, clear transparent waters, and gorgeous sunsets. Adventurers can take advantage of the place to the fullest by renting a bike. This is a must-do for all travelers, who want to discover the countless picnic and romantic spots this paradise on earth has to offer.
2. Cape Florida, Key Biscayne
One of the most picturesque beaches in the state of South Florida, Cape Florida fascinates visitors with memorable lighthouse sunsets (and sunrises!) and tropical fish swimming around. Key Biscayne is perfect for family trips! The beaches are wide, and the water tides drop off gradually, so it’s more than safe for children to play in the water without having their parents too worried.
The ubiquitous wind creates the illusion that it is not as hot as other parts of the Sunshine State. However, beware and always make sure to protect yourself with a proper layer of sun cream.
The coastline offers a delicious variety of restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood.
3. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater beach spreads its white sand beaches along a narrow, 3-mile (4,8 km) stretch on the Gulf Coast. Whether your passion is all day long sunbathing, diving, swimming in the magical world of light-reflecting colorful fish, playing beach volleyball or maybe taking a dolphin watching cruise, this is the perfect place for you. The north side of Clearwater Beach is less populated, making it perfect for couples or families, looking for a more relaxing ambient.
4. Fort Lauderdale Beach
After going through a makeover - from student party Mecca town to a gorgeous beach resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida has transformed itself into a desired summer destination. The long white beaches and transparent clear waters, reflecting the seemingly everlasting light make for a top choice vacation destination.
Similar to many European maritime capitals, Fort Lauderdale beach is located in front of a busy main road, bringing commuters and travelers from all around the city to Terramar road. Apart from convenient transportation, you will be welcomed by numerous bars, shops, delicious restaurants and many night activities to choose from.
5. Dania Beach
Last but not least on our summer is Dania Beach. Located not so far away from Fort Lauderdale (Fort L.), it is said that this beach is one of least crowded and even prettiest of Greater Fort L. Apart from the typical beach activities, you can also enjoy a quiet night at the fishing pier where you can also dine and admire the ever beautiful Florida golden sunsets.
There you have it, the top 5 beach destinations of the Sunshine State. Let me know your opinion about each one if you were so lucky to have visited them all.
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