Best Beaches In Florida For Families

| January 10, 2020 | 5 Comments

Florida offers some of the best beaches in the U.S. Hollywood Beach, Sanibel Island, and St. Petersburg Beach are fun for families, in and out of the water. Almost 81 million visitors traveled to Florida last year, according to VISIT FLORIDA Research. Most go for the year-round tropical weather and sandy beaches. Among its 1,800 miles of sand beaches are three top destinations for families traveling to the Sunshine State. Hollywood Beach, Sanibel Island and St. Petersburg offer the best vacation options for families.

Best Beaches In Florida For Families
Hollywood Beach, Florida

Best Beaches In Florida For Families

Visit Hollywood Beach Florida for an Active Vacation

Hollywood Beach recently went through a significant renovation. Its unique environment offers a boardwalk filled with restaurants and retail stores. Families can ride bike, rollerblade or simply walk along its 2-mile boardwalk.

The grounds also offer a park with sprinklers for kids and adjacent tennis courts and paddle ball available for adults. This award-winning beach in Florida received a “top ten nostalgic promenades” designation by USA Today.

Best Beaches In Florida For Families
Sea shells on Sanibell Island Beach, Florida

Travel to Pristine Sanibel Island Beach for the Best Shell Collecting

Kids love collecting shells on the beach, and there is no better place than Sanibel Island to do so. Families come from all over the world to collect these beautiful shells. Many approach this beach in Florida with bags and buckets to collect their treasures. The peak of shelling season is May to September, which also offers the warmest waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Travel during that time period for best results.

Although Sanibel offers the best shell collecting of any beach in Florida, it also offers bike, boat, kayak, and canoe rentals. In addition, nearby tennis and golf courses are within minutes of the beach.

Best Beaches In Florida For Families
Family walking on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Visit St. Petersburg Beach Near Busch Gardens and Adventure Island

The St. Petersburg beach area is home to over 15 beaches featuring the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Among the most popular of the beaches are John’s Pass, Pass-a-Grille, and, Treasure Island. John’s Pass offers a boardwalk with over 6 restaurants and 40 shops. It also offers parasailing and jet ski rentals. This popular destination receives the most visitors of all of Pinellas County.

The sheer number of beach locales along with its proximity to adjacent theme parks makes this an ideal beach in Florida for families. The St. Petersburg Beach area is a short drive from attractions such as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

Busch Gardens offers fast-paced roller coasters along with animal exhibits that kids will love. While, Adventure Island, a water park with wave pools and various water slides provides fun entertainment while cooling off from the hot Florida sun.

Best Beaches In Florida For Families
Best Beaches In Florida For Families

A beach vacation in Florida provides entertainment options ranging from shell collecting, parasailing, to a simple walk on the boardwalk. Hollywood Beach, Sanibel Island and St. Petersburg Beach offer the best vacation options ideal for most families.

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  1. Shirley P says:

    I would love to visit the beaches in Florida

  2. Anita d says:

    I am in the preliminary phase of planning a trip to Florida and I am going to add St Petersburg beach to my list.

  3. micheline says:

    Sanibel Island Beach would be a dream vacation, the only beaches I have visited in Florida would be Coco Beach and Fort Lauderdale, both beautiful places.

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