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The Best Beaches in Florida 

Island Hopper Dan
Updated November 12, 2017 4.9k votes 1.1k voters 29.6k views 41 items

List of the best beaches in Florida, ranked. This list includes the top sea, sand, and sun combinations in the Sunshine State, from the bright white sugar shores of Destin down to the calming crystal-clear waters of the Keys and back up to the boisterous bustle of Daytona. As one of America's most consistently warm states, Florida is home to many of the best US Cities for vacations. Southern parts of the peninsula are popular departure points for many of the best cruise ships for families, and cities along both coasts and the panhandle are among the best spring break destinations for college kids.

Florida's warm, calm waters draw enthusiasts of all types, from SCUBA divers and snorklers to high speed boaters. While some of the top Florida beach cities are great for swimming and playing in the water, even for kids, others of Florida's best towns are ideal for biking, hiking, and soaking up the sun.

Vote up your favorite Florida beaches on this list to help create the definitive list of the top Florida vacation spots, and be sure to add any that I missed. If you have spent time sun worshipping in a few different cities, please hit "rerank" to make your own version of this list.
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Siesta Key is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Siesta Key
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Destin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Destin Florida, USA
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Sanibel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Anna Maria Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
jwadder added Anna Maria Island
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Clearwater Beach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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St. Pete Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Sarasota is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Pensacola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Key West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Captiva Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
flofive added Captiva Island
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Naples is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Seaside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Fort Lauderdale Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
RichMoyleJr. added Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Longboat Key is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Cocoa Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Fort Myers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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New Smyrna Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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South Beach, Miami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
flofive added South Beach, Miami
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Daytona Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
gamedemon24 added Florida, USA
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Navarre Beach - Florida'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Beth Ebbesen-Lamborn added Navarre Beach - Florida's Best Kept Secret
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Vero Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Delray Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Palm Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Florida, USA
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Key Biscayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in Florida
Adder added Florida, USA