There’s no argument that Florida has some of the best beaches in America, and seconding the motion is Travel & Leisure magazine.
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This Edenic escape on the Gulf of Mexico is a real slice of Old Florida, with a much-photographed lighthouse watching over Gasparilla Island State Park, tree-lined streets without traffic lights, and long, quiet beaches touched by gentle surf.
This northwestern Florida beach town was once a turpentine mecca, back when you needed the distilled sap to build ships. Today, it prides itself on its hiking and biking trails, as well as its Caribbean-style artists’ colony.
—Katrina Brown Hunt
• St. Pete Beach
More Old Florida than new, this lazy, low-key town on the central west coast of the Sunshine State is blissfully free of party-down revelers and velvet-rope VIP rooms. Instead, souvenir shops and surf shacks surround the main drag, Gulf Boulevard, and cutoffs and flip-flops are dress code of choice.
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