10 Best Beach Towns in Florida

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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With an abundance of charming getaways dotting both its Gulf and Atlantic sides, the Florida seashore just might be the perfect escape from the busy city. From historic maritime havens to seaside villages buzzing with arts and culture, the Sunshine State has a beach town for every sun-seeking traveler. Wander along boardwalks, pop into quaint galleries and boutiques, then plunk down a chair and soak up the rays in our 10 favorite Florida beach towns.


Key West

To most, Key West is best known as a place to let loose and party. But this historic city at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys is also a beautiful spot to take leisurely bike rides down cobblestoned streets overhung by banyan trees or watch the blazing sun disappear behind sailing ships.

Don't Miss: Open the fence to Nancy Forrester's backyard and enter an enchanting jungle of tropical birds and giant palms. Forrester has been rescuing abused and orphaned parrots for 25 years, and in her Secret Garden, visitors can interact with gorgeous parrots, macaws, and cockatoos while learning about the dangers facing the birds in the wild.

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