Florida is home to some of the finest beaches in the world, boasting pristine white sands, warm waters and a host of attractions that help create the ultimate holiday destination. Here are some of the finest beachfronts and water activities to be found along Florida’s breathtaking coastline…
The warm ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico wash ashore onto to the powder-white sands ofClearwater Beach on Florida’s sun-kissed west coast. Take in the spectacular sunset at Pier 60, embark on a cruise aboard a fully sized pirate ship or spend the day combining watersport activities with a hefty dose of relaxation on the beach. The area’s laid-back atmosphere and stunning scenery makes for the perfect holiday destination, with plenty of activities to match.
Take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the Florida coastline with High Times Parasail & Watersports and enjoy an exhilarating parasailing experience. With a parachute behind you and nothing but the trail of the speed boat in front of you, it’s a thrilling way to get in some sightseeing. Alternatively, put your acrobatics to the test with a spot of flyboarding, take a leisurely paddle board or kayak cruise, or jump aboard a crazy banana boat ride with your friends or family.
Stretching along Florida’s north-eastern coastline, the white sands of Daytona Beach were once home to a racing course, but today make for one of the state’s most popular holiday destinations. Whilst the thundering sound of revving engines can still be found at the city’s speedway course, the picturesque beachfront offers the perfect blend of water sports, bars, hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Located at the southern section of the beach, where Florida’s tallest lighthouse towers above the ocean waters, Ponce Inlet Watersports is ideal for those looking for some fun-filled activities on the water. From parasailing to dolphin spotting tours, they’ve got you covered. Embark on a leisurely cruise along the coastline on a stand up paddle board, including full equipment rental and a pre-tour lesson from a fully qualified instructor. Alternatively, hop aboard a one or two-man kayak, or opt for a junior size if you’re hitting the water with kids.
The breathtaking shores of Sanibel Island are renowned for the vast quantities of sea shells that wash onto its white-sand beaches, making ‘shelling’ a particularly popular activity among beachgoers. Wade through the shallow waters with a bucket or net and seek out some spectacular shells, many of which make for the perfect holiday memento.
The gorgeous barrier island is home to several charming beachfronts as well as a wide range of outdoor attractions. From fishing and sailing to kayaking, bike trails, bird sanctuaries and championship golf courses, there’s plenty to keep both young and old entertained. And if you’re on the lookout for a romantic hideaway, rest assured the endless sand dunes, quaint restaurants and remote beauty spots make for the ideal escape.
New Smyrna Beach
Follow the US Highway 1 south of Daytona Beach for a few miles and you’ll arrive on the glistening shores of New Smyrna Beach, where over 13 miles of golden sands await you. Known for its excellent offshore fishing spots, stunning dive sites and wide range of onshore attractions, this truly is a destination suited for the entire family.
Nearby, golf courses, small art galleries and a host of restaurants and shops form the heart of the city, whilst the beach itself is a haven for surfers, kayakers, snorkelers and divers. And if you’re keen to breach the surface of the bright blue waters and explore the vibrant underwater kingdom, then rest assured there are several companies on hand to assist.
Based at the foot of Port Orange Bridge, theDiscover Diving Dive Center is a fully qualified Professional Association of Diving Instructors (P.A.D.I) company offering open water classes and full equipment rental. Join a group class and learn about diving theory in a classroom environment, before hitting the open waters for practical training – all culminating in you becoming a certified PADI Open Water diver. Private classes and advanced open water lessons are also available.
Perched at the edge of the idyllic beach town of the same name, Cocoa Beach is a holiday paradise set in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast. Just an hour’s drive east of Orlando, it offers some of the state’s finest surfing and fishing spots – as well as all the attractions, amenities and breathtaking beauty spots you’d expect from a vibrant beach town.
Kite boarding has grown increasingly popular in recent years, so why not head along to 321 Kite Boarding for lessons and equipment rental? Fully qualified instructors are on hand to take you through the basics, regardless of your experience – with the flat, shallow waters of Cocoa Beach making the ideal learning environment.
Alternatively, get your surf on with Florida Surf Lessons and take advantage of their selection of classes. Drop in to one of the Saturday surf clinics, sign up for full day classes or hire a private instructor for some one-on-one tuition.
Located on the northern outskirts of Miami, the city of Delray Beach stretches for several miles along Florida’s east coast – attracting holidaymakers throughout the year. Gorgeous hotels and charming al fresco restaurants line the fringe of the pristine beachfront, with water sports, equestrian centres, tennis courts and museums on hand to keep you entertained.
Looking to add a spot of luxury to your holiday? The Yacht Charter Group offers you the chance to live it up on Florida’s sparkling ocean waters, be it for a wedding, birthday party or private excursion spanning several days. Their fleet of stunning yachts can cater for anywhere between 4 and 400 individuals, making them suitable for both peaceful ocean retreats and large scale parties. With staff on hand to take care of your every need, it’s the perfect way to settle into the Florida way of life.