Florida has never been satisfied with just calling their saltwater shoreline "the beach."
Local business people over the years come up with creative names for their particular stretch of beach and the immediate inland area.
Some of these names stick around for awhile; others fade into history.
Some people say there are 10 Florida coasts. Others say 15. Some even more.
We will use 12 in this article.
We think these dozen coasts have names that have been here long enough they may be still used by future generations.
We will name them off from the northeast clockwise around the state to the far west.
Some of the "coasts" overlap a little bit with the "coasts" on either side.
is in Northeast Florida and includes some or all of Nassau, Duval, Baker, Clay, and St. Johns Counties. The name derives from it allegedly being the first part of Florida that was discovered and colonized by Europeans.
is a name that has been used several times around the state. The current definition seems to include the area just north and south of Daytona Beach, including south Flagler Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
is a no-brainer name for the area immediately north and south of Kennedy Space Center. It is a much better name than the original for this area, which was "Mosquito Coast."
is named for the Spanish treasure fleets which were sunk off its shore during storms along the Gulf Stream. There is a museum at Sebastian Inlet State Park that features artifacts from these fleets.
is an area that includes Palm Beach County all the way south through Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. The name was chosen because of the wealth, many high rises, casinos, and tropical weather.
Some towns and places on interest in this area include Jupiter Island, Juno Beach, Palm Beach, Briny Breezes, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Surfside, Haulover Beach, Miami Beach, and Key Biscayne.
in Southwest Florida is one I don't very often hear, but there are some beautiful white sand beaches down here and some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Florida.
LEE ISLAND COAST
is another coastal name I don't hear too much, but there are some beautiful beaches in the area.
is a name I rarely hear used. It is named for the cultural activities that are prevalent in the area. There are many art museums, theaters, and more.
is the area west of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg that has some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Most of the beaches are built up with condominiums and high rises, but there are plenty of access points.
Some towns here include Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Indian Shores, Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, North Redington Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach, Pass A Grille, and numerous other Pinellas County Beaches.
is along the west coast stretch called the Big Bend region of Florida. There are very few sand beaches here, but lots of marshes, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, springs, and more. Manatees love to visit this coast in cold weather because of the spring fed rivers.
is a great name for this stretch along the Florida Panhandle that is off the beaten path and remains lightly populated. There are some wonderful sand beaches here.
is a name that makes a lot of sense because that's the color of the water in the Gulf of Mexico along the magnificent white sand beaches that stretch for miles.