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3 Apr

5 Best Beach Towns For Your Florida Spring Break Road Trip

Spring break is my favorite time to visit Florida.  The weather is perfect for spending days on the sandy beaches without getting burned by the scorching rays during the summer!  Whether you enjoy surfing, sunbathing or building sand castles, Florida’s pristine beaches won’t let you down.

Here’s a list of the top 5 beaches in Florida to visit with your family and friends.

  • Siesta Key

Siesta Beach Florida

The whitest of all beaches in Florida, Siesta Key is located in between Sarasota Bay and The Gulf of Mexico.  Made up of 99% white quartz, this is my favorite beach to build sparkly sand castles.  If you feel more energetic, the northern end of the beach has great restaurants, shops and cafes in the Siesta Key Village.  Down on the southern end you’ll find adventurous shore excursions and you can hit the waves by renting a jet-ski or go parasailing for spectacular views of Siesta Key from 100 feet up.  For a more relaxed activity, explore the island at your own pace by renting a kayak or wander the island by bike.  It your craving more action, Sarasota and famed shopping mecca, St. Armand’s Circle, is just a short drive away.

  • Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

The sand here is perfect for beach-sports lovers.   Along a 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach offers visitors all kinds of fun in the sun including volleyball, fishing off Pier 60, dolphin-watching cruises and parasailing.  Recently USA Today named Clearwater The Best Beach Town in the USA for 2013 – pretty impressive.

  • Atlantic Beach

Atantic Beach

For an eye-cooling experience, I always head over to the azure waters of Atlantic Beach.  The location of this beach up in Northeast Florida offers the perfect mix of small-town charm and urban life with Downtown Jacksonville not too far away.  Atlantic Beach lures just about everyone into strolling the shores and walking down the cobblestone streets, where there are plenty of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and live music events to keep you entertained.

  • Palm Beach

Palm Beach

For all things La-di-da, Palm Beach is your high-end sand box.  If you like to be pampered and go the extra mile with your money, this is the prime spot to spoil yourself.  You can get a taste of luxury at Palm Beach’s 7-star restaurants, day-spas, designer boutiques along Worth Avenue and 5-star hotels including the glitzy Ritz Carlton.  If you can’t handle spending money on a Royal experience, just across the waterway is West Palm Beach where you’ll find pocket-friendly places.

  • Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

This beach is a surfer’s paradise and has a lot more to offer when it comes to high-octane sports.  Hire a surfing instructor and hit the waves or just hang out in the stands to watch NASCAR.   You’ll even see surfers driving along the beach to spot the perfect waves for surfing.  There are loads of oceanfront hotels that are walking distance to the beach, so you won’t have to worry about parking.

About The Author:  This article was provided by Amna Alam, a Chicago-based freelance writer who enjoys film, world cuisine and traveling.  She recommends taking a road trip with National car in Florida.
Photo Credits:  Google Creative Commons

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