Everybody has an opinion about which are the best beaches in Florida, and that opinion is subjective.
It all depends on what you like when you go to the beach.
A surfer has different needs than a kite flyer.
Florida family vacations may include a beach, and each family member may have a different idea of the kind of beach they like.
A swimmer has different desires than a surf fisherman.
A surfer dude has different desires than a shell gatherer.
A man who likes to admire bikini clad beauties has different desires than a man with a metal detector looking for treasure or jewelry.
Here are the things I like about my list of the best beaches in Florida.
There are many more factors that are important to some people. Dr. Beach, the famous expert, has 50 criterion that he uses to evaluate his lists of the best beaches.
Many of the things that I like in a beach require regular maintenance. That's why my list contains a lot of public beaches that are kept in good shape by the area's parks and recreation department or by the Florida State Park system.
My list has at least one city, county or state park in each of the 8 regions of the state. There is usually an admission fee of around $4.00/car to get into the State Parks to enjoy their great beaches.
My list of the best beaches in Florida is organized by the geographical regions of the state. Just click on the links below to see the beaches.
Grayton Beach State Park, Grayton Beach.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach.
Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach.
Jacksonville Beaches. Numerous beaches near Jacksonville, including the towns of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, all of them beautiful.
Vero Beach. The municipal beach on the Atlantic Ocean, downtown beachside, is one of the best beaches in Florida.
Boca Grande, miles of uncrowded beautiful sand.
Captiva Island, not as many shells as Sanibel, but miles of white sand beach.
Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples.
Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach.
Naples Beaches. Every east-west avenue in the City of Naples ends at a beautiful white sand beach with a dune crossover. Every one of them is among the best beaches in Florida.
Delray Beach. Numerous beaches within the city limits with easy access to the ocean.