10 Best Beaches In Florida To Avoid Locals Once And For All

These beaches will provide you with some of the best wildlife, food, and sands the state has to offer. They also come with a bit of time away from the crowds.

10. Boca Grande

10. Boca GrandeFlickr: Sean O'Shaughnessy

If you want beaches that always have a distinct lack of people, this is the place for you. This community, with a rich maritime and fishing history, is surrounded by large estates, and only small numbers of people tend to go to the beach. Another great thing about this area is that you'll find some of the best seafood in the area and locals' dogs roaming the beaches. Who doesn't love dogs?

9. Ponte Vedra Beach

9. Ponte Vedra BeachPixabay: KRam

Just east of the legendary TPC Sawgrass golf course, you'll stumble across this island that boasts 40-foot dunes and some of the most beautiful sand you can find in Florida. Its unique setting also is home to Appalachian quartz and ancient coquina sands.

8. Playalinda Beach

8. Playalinda Beachwikimedia

It's no surprise that this beautiful place's Spanish name translates to "beautiful beach." Also, if you're into this sort of thing, the shores provide some "clothing optional" days. Depending on who's on the beach on a particular day this may be an interesting sight; on other days it may be a little more fun. We'll let you imagine the possibilities for yourself.

7. Cayo Costa State Park

7. Cayo Costa State ParkFlickr: James St. John

A private ferry will take you from Punta Gorda to Cayo Costa. Along the way you'll see some amazing wildlife. Manatees and dolphins will greet you as you're on your way, and all sorts of birds will be circling and gliding above. There are nine miles of white-sand beaches and you can even rent a cabin for the night.

6. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

6. John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkFlickr: Doug Kerr

Filled with mangrove channels and manatees, this nature preserve is teeming with life. It's home to the state butterfly, the zebra longwing. The beach is rarely filled from end to end even though it's only a two-mile stretch, so there's no lifeguard on duty either. 

5. Amelia Island

5. Amelia IslandMAMZ IMAGES/SHUTTERSTOCK

This is southern America like it should be. Amelia Island has 13 miles of beaches, Spanish moss draping roadways and walks, and an old-timey feel. With big condo developments seemingly popping up every day, it's nice to see an island and stretch of beach that still boasts what "old Florida" is like.

4. Juno Beach

4. Juno BeachTHOMAS BARRAT/SHUTTERSTOCK

Even though it's nestled in the north county of Palm Beach, this stretch of beach is home to some pretty rad surfing conditions. You'll find good paddle boarding spots and a large stretch that's dog friendly. It's also a turtle-nesting beach so you'll see plenty of wildlife. 

3. Captiva Island

3. Captiva IslandJOSE ANTONIO PEREZ/SHUTTERSTOCK

This island has some glorious white sand beaches and is just a hike across a bridge from Sanibel. There aren't a lot of people here either, which makes it a perfect spot to go shelling. You're sure to find some good ones.

2. Blowing Rocks Preserve

2. Blowing Rocks PreserveFlickr: Jared

Here at Hobe Sound on Jupiter Island you will find the largest deposit of Anastasia limestone on the Atlantic coast. Take in the large waves that crash against the rock, sometimes reaching 50 feet. Since the land is protected, you can see leatherback and loggerhead turtles on the beach as well.

1. Caladesi Island State Park

1. Caladesi Island State ParkFlickr: rcgtrrz

This natural barrier island off Dunedin is always in the running for one of the best beaches in America. With maintained hiking trails, kayaking, and three miles of coastline, this beauty is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. 

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