5 Old-Time Florida Beaches

By Lauren Tjaden Yearning for a seaside destination with a retro feel? These laid-back Old Florida beach options lack crowds and high-rises and are rich in old-time charm. 1. Anna Maria Island Forget crowds, high-rises and traffic delays, but remember your sunscreen and your smile when you splash…

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A Guide to Metal-Detecting in Florida: The Thrill of the Hunt

By Lauren Tjaden Metal detecting in Florida isn’t all about unearthing gold rings encrusted with diamonds – though that’s an exciting possibility. Instead, it’s about the thrill of the hunt, wondering what’s buried under the sand, whether it’s a button, a buckle, or a coin. It’s about strolling…

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Natural, Unspoiled Beaches in Florida

Along the Sunshine State's thousands of miles of coastline are more than a few remote, unspoiled natural beaches where you can get away from it all for a while. By Katherine O'Neal On a picture-perfect spring afternoon, you would expect the beach to be packed. It is spring break, the height of…

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Jacksonville and Amelia Island Area Beaches

Your guide to Jacksonville, Amelia Island and other area beaches. Editor's note: Florida beaches and parks are listed geographically from north to south. Beaches with this symbol have beach wheelchairs available either provided as a courtesy or available for (prearranged) rent and delivery from…

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Special Events & Activities on Florida's Beaches

Florida is always good for a relaxing lounge in the sun in the water and on the sand. But what if you want even more? By Carrie McLaren The Sunshine State's 825 miles of beaches offer a diversity of activities and to suit every taste. There's the comforting stuff you might expect -- think beach…

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The Perfect Beach for You

Find the perfect Florida beach to float your flip-flops! The Sunshine State boasts 825 miles of sandy shores – which one sounds most like you? Fun-Loving Family Clearwater Beach’s soft, white sand is sweet on the feet, and its shallow, calm waters will please everyone in the family. Walk the…

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Florida Beach Towns for History Buffs

Florida's home to the oldest continuously occupied city in the U.S., the first European settlement and even the oldest operating bar – and often, beautiful beaches are just footsteps away from these historic destinations. By Lauren Tjaden…

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5 Small Beach Towns in Florida You Should Know About

You may not have heard about them, but small beach towns are out there, in every corner of Florida, brimming with personality. If you like your beaches served with a dose of genuine hometown charm, here's where to discover five of the best small towns in Florida near the beach. 1. Fernandina…

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5 Fabulous Florida Beaches for the Entire Family

From bustling Daytona Beach to charming Siesta Key, these Sunshine State destinations have at least one thing in common: They're the best Florida beaches for families. Fabulous family-friendly beach getaways share some qualities. Their beaches are gradually sloping, so your little ones can wade…

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How to Do Florida: Shelling on Sanibel

More than 400 species of seashell can be found on Sanibel's beaches. Why there? Sanibel's boomerang shape sticks out in the Gulf of Mexico like a crooked finger. The island's east-west direction makes it the perfect receptacle for catching millions of seashells. Experienced beachcombers know to…

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