There are Florida towns and cities for you to enjoy whether you are looking for fun, culture, shopping, dining, a place to settle down or just a Florida getaway.

According to the Florida League of Cities, Inc., there are 411 incorporated Florida cities and towns.

In addition to these, another source has profiles for 8,643 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods and settlements.

No single website can explore this many towns in depth, so I will focus initially on those towns I know something about.

Here is an alphabetical list of the towns and cities currently on the Florida Backroads Travel website:

Florida Towns and Cities

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Old Florida Working Waterfront Towns

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Old Florida Towns on the St Johns River

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Old Florida Places on the Suwannee River

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Old Florida Towns on the Indian River Lagoon

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Old Florida Towns on the Forgotten Coast

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Florida Mural Towns

The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. Pensacola and St. Augustine are the oldest towns. Both were chartered in 1822, but St. Augustine was settled in 1565 and is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States.

Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, the history of most towns in Florida goes back to just before or after the Civil War, which took place between 1861 and 1865.

Vintage postcard of Woodland Blvd in Deland, Florida

Florida also has its share of Ghost Towns , once thriving places whose bones now bake quietly in the hot Florida sun.

Many of my favorite small Florida towns are in the Florida Main Street Program. These are typically small towns that have worked with the State of Florida to rejuvenate their downtown districts.

Many of them have become favorite Florida retirement communities for baby boomers because of their charm and walkability.

The results have been impressive, so I like to write about these towns when I can. They are great places to visit or retire.

Each Florida town page discusses the history of a town and how it fits into Florida history.

The Florida League of Cities website is also a great resource.

If you are interested in buying a historic home in any of these Florida towns, we can help you find a good one at Florida Historic Homes.

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