Panama City Beach
The beaches near Panama City Beach just might be the most beautiful in the world. Nearby attractions include the Gulf World Marine Park, which features sea creatures and animals of all kinds. (The live shows are spectacular.) Meanwhile, the Junior Museum of Bay County is a great place to take young travelers to learn about Florida wildlife.
Clearwater Beach offers up beautiful beaches and lots of local activities, too. Clearwater Beach is famous for its sunsets and, at night, Pier 60 is bustling with local vendors, free concerts, and artisans. The Clearwater Aquarium and Clearwater Marina are also must sees.
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach is great for those who love a vacation wrapped in nature. Southern hospitality is at its best here, and while the white sand beaches and emerald waters are a draw, the dolphins, who play just off the shore, are stunning. At the Gulfarium in Fort Walton, you can even get in the water and swim with these magnificent animals.
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach is a great idea for families, but also for travelers who seek a fast pace and exciting nightlife. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium provides families with nature trails, a museum, planetarium, butterfly reserve, and aviary. And for those who don't want to go right to sleep at nighttime, there are clubs and resorts that provide hours of music and fun.
The beaches here aren’t the only draw. Consider a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. You may even be lucky enough to see a launch - an impressive sight you will never forget. Disney World is also just an hour’s drive from Cocoa Beach.
Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Key is a beautiful island with sugar white sands, and dolphins playing in the surf. For some off-the-water fun, visit the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, the Ringling Museum of Art, or the G. Wiz Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagine Zone.
Fort Lauderdale is an eco- and family-friendly beach, as it's one of the cleanest beaches in Florida, but its other attractions include the Flamingo Gardens, Butterfly World, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the Museum of Discovery and Science. Between the beaches and the local attractions, you'll be plenty busy.
If you or your kids like racing, make your way to Daytona Beach. Not only are the beaches superb, but the Daytona National Speedway is home to racing's best of the best. As a bonus, you can see the hatching of hundreds of baby sea turtles if you visit between May and October.
If you're looking for a peaceful Florida beach vacation, consider Hutchinson Island. Go horseback riding along the shore, or visit the Florida Oceanographic Society and pet the stingrays. Hutchinson Island still seems mostly untouched by man.
Enjoy the different festivals and area attractions in Fernandina, as well as the beautiful beaches (goes without saying). Go horseback riding across the hard-packed sand or get up early to watch the sunrise. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will delight the whole family, whether you're a shrimp lover or not.