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June 21, 2024

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Best Florida Beaches for 2024

School's out for summer and beaches are calling!

As the summer unofficially begins, the BEST Florida beach list is here. Tennesseeans routinely flock to Destin and Rosemary Beach come vacay time! Maybe it’s time explore a little bit farther for a fun, safe and sound summer! Here with … the beaches, as deemed by U.S. News & World Report:

Best Florida Beaches for 2024

#1 Siesta Key

This barrier island sits off the coast of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Beach features white quartz sand, crystal-clear water and a lively atmosphere, with nearby dining, shopping and nighttime entertainment.

#2 Anna Maria Island

With an “Old Florida” feel, this seven-mile barrier island boasts the soft white sand. Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach are popular with families.

#3 Delray Beach

Florida’s “Village by the Sea,” Delray Beach appeals to travelers who want the friendly atmosphere of a small town and the entertainment options of a large city.

#4 Santa Rosa Beach

There it is! Santa Rosa Beach along Highway 30A is Nashville’s go-to beach area including Seaside, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach and more.

#5 Palm Beach

A glitzy resort town filled to the brim with upscale restaurants, Gilded Age mansions and art galleries.

#6 Destin

With gorgeous Gulf waters and plenty of exciting activities to occupy your time, this Florida mainstay has everything you need for a memorable family beach vacation.

#7 Marco Island

Marco Island’s spotless beaches are some of the best on the Gulf Coast.

#8 Fort Walton Beach

Laid-back beaches, golf and attractions fit for everyone in the family.

#9 St. George Island

A beloved retreat for relaxation seekers located about 75 miles southwest of Tallahassee.

#10 Clearwater Beach

The gentle water and white sand attract relaxation seekers in droves.

#11 Amelia Island

Thirteen miles of beaches including Amelia Island State Park.

#12 Sanibel Island

Connected to Fort Myers by a three-mile causeway, Sanibel sustained damage from Hurricane Ian in 2022 but is well on the road to recovery.

#13 Key Largo

Known as one of the world’s top dive destinations.

#14 St. Petersburg

Relaxing shorelines and an urban cityscape.

#15 Islamorada

Just after Key Largo, Islamorada is made up of six islands and makes a tranquil paradise.

 

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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.