With so many destinations to choose from, Florida is absolutely the best state for a beach holiday.

From the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the glitz and glam of Miami to the old-growth palms of Captiva Island, there’s a spot for everyone. And you can’t forget the beauty of the Keys! The only problem? There are too many places to choose from! Do yourself a favor and read this guide before you pick!

For Families

If you’ve got a family in tow, don’t worry! There are plenty of Florida beach options to choose from. You’ll love the plethora of activities in the Panama City Beach and Destin region, such as miniature golf, go-karts, and kid-friendly restaurants. The surf is also quite mellow, which is comforting for parents with young children! Another great option is booking a holiday rental on the coast near Orlando (Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach are are highly rated). That way, you’ve got direct access to Disney World and Universal Studios.

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For Night-Owls

Florida is full of nightlife options for the young and restless. The ultimate party destination is, of course, Miami. Spend all day relaxing poolside at a chic resort or on the iconic beach, then head downtown to dance the night away. South Beach is another quintessential nightlife destination in Florida. Between the trendy nightclubs, celebrity sightings, and party atmosphere, there’s never a dull moment there!

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For Adventurers

Adventure-travel junkies have much to see and do in Florida. Consider hitting the beaches of Marco Island one day, then renting kayaks and exploring the islets of Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge the next. Be on the lookout for manatees and otters as you wind through the network of mangroves! And for a unique itinerary, plan a road trip through the Florida Keys, stopping at one of the dozens of state parks, national parks, and natural sites. A few great options are: Key Largo Hammock State Botanical Site, Crocodile Lake Wildlife Refuge, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

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For Romance

You’ll find plenty of romance oozing from Lover’s Key State Park near Fort Meyers. Spread out a blanket, unpack your picnic, then watch for manatee and dolphins as you enjoy the company of your lover. Don’t forget to stay for the sunset! For a unique activity for two, spend a day exploring the historic town of St. Augustine by horse-drawn carriage. The rustic cobblestone streets will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time!

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Created by Mandy Burkholder