Are chilly temperatures getting you down? You’ll be happy to hear that Florida generally stays warm year-round. Count on Key West or Orlando to provide you with warmer temperatures and comforting sunshine. Not to mention, the best beaches in Florida make for great day trips to beat the winter blues. Among Florida’s spectacular beaches, you’ll find bragworthy resorts complete with luxurious amenities and cozy accommodations. Don’t let the cold keep you inside! Take a trip to Florida’s sandy coasts.

Vero Beach

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Vero Beach, Florida

You’ll find this elegant beach town near Treasure Coast, just beside the Atlantic. Packed with oceanside shopping and dining opportunities, as well as fine art galleries and museums, Vero Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Florida.

Things to Do in Vero Beach

You’ll likely never get bored on vacation in Vero Beach. Take a stroll in the historic downtown area for a bite to eat and boutique shopping. The beautiful coast offers plenty of activities during the day or evening (after lounging in the sand).

Entertainment at Riverside Theater

This is the only full-scale theater on Florida’s Treasure Coast, which has a showcasing of plays, musicals, comedy specials, and more. The entertainment lovers in your group will enjoy a night at the Riverside Theater.

Vero Beach Museum of Art

With six galleries and two sculpture parks, the Vero Beach Museum of Art presents guests with stunning 20th-century displays. If you have an art enthusiast in your family, consider planning around one of their global exhibitions that trade out throughout the year. With plenty of new things to see, it could be a trip worth taking multiple times throughout the year.

McKee Botanical Garden

Take a visit to this natural attraction to see water lilies, orchids, and native horticulture. Over 100,000 tourists from around the world visit McKee Botanical Garden every year, and it receives high praise for its serene landscaping.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Bring Disney magic with you to the beach! Just a hop, skip and jump away from Orlando, visit Mickey on the shores. The cozy, old-fashion theme offers spacious accommodations with all of the comforts of home. Sitting directly on the coast, Vero Beach Resort visitors can glimpse Loggerhead Sea Turtle nesting grounds. Adults can unwind at the spa with a relaxing massage or facial.

There are multiple dining options, like the Wind & Waves Grill for breakfast and dinner. For on-the-go snacks and bites for the beach, head to the Wind & Waves Market. You’ll really love The Green Cabin Room, presenting delicious cocktails and sweeping ocean views.

On the resort is also a Mickey Mouse-shaped pool. The kids will love the two-story, 163-foot Pirate’s Plunge water slide. Accommodations here range from Deluxe Studios, as well as One and Two-Bedroom Villas.

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Clearwater Beach

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The West Coast of Florida offers warmer waters and extra soft sands. Clearwater Beach doesn’t get it’s name for nothing—the gulf is crystalline and practically see-through. The waves are much more gentle, and all the more relaxing.

Things to Do in Clearwater Fl

For Florida locals, the Clearwater area is a favorite spot to visit. Kids and adults love the local aquarium, Dali museum, and restaurants in the area.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

One of the best aquariums in Florida, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium also serves as a rescue for marine animals. After rehabilitation, the aquarium professionals release able marine life back into the wild. Guests can see a variety of aquatic species, like stingrays, dolphins, sea turtles, otters, and other fish.

Salvador Dalí Museum

Technically located in the greater Tampa/St. Pete area, the Salvador Dalí Museum is only a short distance away from Clearwater Beach. The stunning architectural design is a feat on its own. Guests can take a guided tour for an in-depth experience into Dalí’s eccentric pieces. Before you leave, visit the garden outside, which features a labyrinth and wish tree.

Club Wyndham Clearwater Beach

Located right on the shores, Club Wyndham Clearwater Beach resort has immaculate room interiors and amenities. During your stay, hit the bar for a cocktail to sip by the ocean or take a lounger by the pool.

Accommodations range from one, two, and four-bedroom condo-style suites, perfect for families of all sizes. Each room size also features fully-equipped kitchens, so you can still enjoy a nice home-cooked meal on vacation.

Read More: Top 3 Wyndham Luxury Resorts

Cocoa Beach

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The Cocoa Beach Pier

Ask anyone and they’ll most likely agree: Cocoa Beach makes for a perfect day trip from Orlando. When you’re theme-parked out, put your toes in the sand for a relaxing getaway. Only about an hour away from Orlando’s main attractions, Cocoa Beach is one of Florida’s best beaches for mere convenience and plenty of activities.

Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

Besides the sandy shores, Cocoa Beach is packed with excursions and activities. Because of its proximity to Orlando, Cocoa Beach brings in many tourists as well, so there are always things to do.

Read More: Things to Do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Visit the Cocoa Beach Pier

When you visit the best beaches in Florida, none of their boardwalks come close to the Cocoa Beach Pier. Hosting annual surf competitions, its a favorite for locals as well. Cocoa’s East Coast waves attract professional surf and skim-boarders from around the world—you’ll likely spot a few on your trip.

Local restaurants and bars feature live entertainment every weekend, so you can enjoy a delicious meal while listening to your favorites. Not to mention, fresh seafood! You can fish for Red Fish, Whiting, Pompano, Snapper, Flounder, and more here.

Check Out Ron Jon Surf Shop

All of your beach necessities are here. The Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach is the largest surf shop in the world! Over 52,000 square feet full of bikinis, swim trunks, surfboards, skimboards, beach towels, sunscreen, and more will leave your wallets empty. It’s also conveniently located right on the beach, so if you forgot something at home, you can just take a stroll inside.

Cape Canaveral Beach Resort

This Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort is only fifteen minutes away from Cocoa Beach. Located on Florida’s Space Coast, Cape Canaveral hosts the Kennedy Space Center. Some visitors to Cocoa Beach will plan their trip around the Kennedy Space Center to visit the museum or even see a space launch. If you plan in advance, you may even get a glimpse of a rocket launch!

The Cape Canaveral Beach Resort offers direct beach access, so you can spend more of your time making sandcastles, renting jet skis, or basking in the sunshine. On-site is the Cape Grill & Bar, perfect for quick and easy meals. The pool also includes a lazy river, where you can drift in a tube all day.

For your family vacation, there’s also a children’s play area, mini-golf course, movie theater, and sports courts. Mom and dad can relax at the sauna, or stay on top of their exercise routine at the fitness center.

Stay in a quaint studio villa, complete with kitchenette and pullout sleeper sofa. When the whole family is tagging along, there are also one, and two-bedroom villas that feature fully-equipped kitchens and private bedrooms. You won’t have to compromise privacy or comfort at this gorgeous resort.

Florida Vacation Rentals

Now that you have the full run-down of the best beaches in Florida, we recommend checking out Timeshares Only Florida vacation rentals. With amazing resorts coast to coast, you can find the perfect place for the entire family. No matter where you are right now, you can start searching for where you want to be on your next vacation.

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Mia Reid is a University of Central Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing. She specializes in writing, editing, search engine optimization, as well as graphic design and digital marketing. Mia's past experience is diverse, with a history of interning at UCF's own literary magazine, blog writing for local nonprofits and making weekly op-ed pieces for The Odyssey. She has lived in Orlando, Florida for 21 years and enjoys hiking, spending time at her local lake and being with her family.

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