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Florida's Best Beach Communities
The sun, the sand, and the sea... the three main reasons people vacation to Florida. The state is home to miles and miles of white sandy beaches, tourist attractions, and laid-back Floridians. But for the rest of us living north of the sunshine state, it's hard to decide which beach destination to visit with so many popular options.
We've put together a city overview of Florida's most traveled destinations:
Boca Raton – Known as one of Florida's most ritzy cities, Boca's beautiful landscape and Mediterranean-style architecture influences the low city skyline and outdoor lifestyle. You will find many fancy shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and amenities in Boca.
Delray Beach – Delray is a small beach community located just north of Boca Raton and south of West Palm Beach. Downtown Delray is a quaint village by the sea with shopping, dining and festival events.
Fort Lauderdale – A modern laid-back beach community with city living at its best, Ft. Lauderdale features clean beaches and blue inter-coastal waterways jetting through lavish neighborhoods, housing yachts larger than the homes themselves. There is no shortage of night-life and with an array of shopping, dining, and hotel accommodations, it is no wonder people travel to this lively destination.
Fort Pierce – The growing contemporary city is built on the historic rural past of Ft. Pierce, one of the state's oldest communities on the east coast. You will find several educational research facilities blended with the 44,000 residents preserving the neighborly community.
Fort Myers – Tropical and beautiful, the islands of Ft. Myers base real estate, recreation and wildlife.
Gainesville – Inland, a small college town home to the University of Florida Gators. They will chomp you.
Jacksonville – "Jax" is the largest city in Northeast Florida offering abundant business opportunities with Jax Beaches just a short 15 minute drive east. Jacksonville is home to many businessmen, fisherman, families and college students.
Kissimmee – The central Florida landscape boasts many outdoor adventures, from golf, swimming and boating, to nature explorations and Orlando theme-parks.
Melbourne – Located east central of Florida's Space Coast, the majority of the City of Melborne sits on Florida's mainland and the other portion on a barrier island, divided by the Indian River Lagoon. Leisure activities include golf, recreational facilitates, swimming and tennis.
Miami – Contemporary, lush and tropic, Miami's gorgeous beaches and turquoise waterways fill the city with a south Florida vibe like no other. The city is awake 24 hours a day, certainly doesn't lack entertainment and promotes Hispanic and Caribbean flare.
Naples – Located on Florida's southwest gulf coast, Naples is a quiet and affluent beach community know for its upscale neighborhoods and condo complexes, golf, shopping and boating.
Ocala – An hours drive to the beach or an hours drive to Orlando, Ocala is nestled in gorgeous horse farm and Ocala National Forest landscape. Silver Springs' glass-bottom boat is a must see when visiting. You will find a warm historic atmosphere with diverse neighborhoods and numerous retirement communities who's residents travel by golf-cart only.
Orlando – O-town is known for its fun-filled fantasy theme-parks, bringing out the kid at heart mentality with lasting memories.
Palm Coast – Palm Coast is a charming city dedicated to preserving its lush, green forests and natural environment. Outdoor activities range from strolls along the Inter-coastal Waterway, birdwatching, beach activities, boating, tennis and golf.
Pensacola – Located on the west of Florida's panhandle, Pensacola's miles of desolate white beaches are occupied with beautiful sand dunes and sea oats. The historic city is a great getaway for someone looking to unwind at the beach.
Sarasota – Sarasota's charming city, pristine beaches, and fine resorts make it a travel destination for the entire family, including activities such as golfing, shopping, arts, swimming and boating.
St. Augustine – A local will tell you "St. Auggie" is a small, laid back surf town known for great off-shore fishing, where everybody knows everybody. But to the naked tourist eye, St. Augustine is "the nation's oldest city" with beautiful Spanish-style scenery, great beaches and family activities galore.
St. Petersburg – St. Pertersburg offers vibrant city living across from the Tampa Bay and many small beach communities to explore, such as Clearwater Beach and St. Pete.
Stuart – From fishing tournaments to seafood festivals, Stuart is full of family-oriented neighborhoods that enjoy the boating and fishing lifestyle.
Tallahassee - Where history, culture and modern flare come together, the state's capital is home to two major universities, museums, attractions and an array of outdoor entertainment. The city offers something to accommodate every member of the family, including dinning, shopping, performing arts, sports and nature.
Tampa – Tampa is a large city with sports, business, culture and entertainment, surrounded by water in every direction, yet has little beach access. Bayshore is a popular hangout.
Vero Beach – Vero Beach offers beautiful seaside scenery with a hometown feel.
West Palm Beach – The upscale tropical city poses business-friendly, dining, and shopping opportunities, has little beach access, but a wealth of outdoor events and activities.
Winter Haven - A close-knit community operating a lifestyle inspired by more than 50 lakes in the surrounding area, Winter Haven offers outdoor activities and shopping, as well as educational and job opportunities for its residents.