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Visit the 6 Best Florida Gulf Coast Beaches on Vacation

People lounging in beach chairs at the best Florida Gulf coast beaches

Characterized by sugar white sand, clear water, breathtaking sunsets, and scenic natural landscapes, the Florida Gulf Coast offers the perfect destination for beach lovers. Escape to Indian Rocks Beach with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty and access the best Florida Gulf Coast beaches during your vacation. Beach hop around Pinellas County and spend your time swimming, suntanning, shelling, fishing, paddling, surfing, and exploring nature trails. Grab your sunscreen, pack your beach towels, and visit one of these beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico:

1.  Indian Rocks Beach

Start your Florida beach getaway in Indian Rocks Beach and enjoy laidback, family-friendly beaches steps from your vacation home. Explore 2.7 miles of secluded beaches at one of 27 beach accesses around town!

2.  Clearwater Beach

Recently named the Best Beach in the South by USA Today, Clearwater Beach beckons travelers looking for the perfect blend of beachside bliss and nearby conveniences. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, dine at nearby restaurants, rollerblade the beachfront promenade, and enjoy sunset celebrations at Pier 60!

St. Pete Beach

Make your way to St. Pete Beach and visit Upham Beach Park for a day of family-friendly beach fun. This beach offers soft sands, emerald-green waters, and plenty of amenities to keep you entertained, such as volleyball courts, concession stands, and jetty fishing. 

3.  Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park offers the perfect destination for nature lovers. Access four miles of unspoiled white sand beach and walk through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests. The beach is divided into several sections, with a fantastic pet-friendly beach on the south end and a great shelling beach on the north end. You can fish, hike, paddle, swim, surf, and view wildlife here. 

4.  Caladesi Island State Park

Take the ferry from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island State Park and spend a day at an untouched Florida beach. Caladesi offers an unspoiled three-mile-long beach ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Afterward, paddle through the bayside mangrove forests or hit the hiking trails.

5.  Madeira Beach

Head to the charming fishing village of Madeira Beach and enjoy 2.5 miles of scenic beaches for a classic day at the beach. We recommend John’s Pass Park, which is just a stone’s throw away from the iconic John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. Explore boardwalk attractions and activities like retail shops, restaurants, dolphin tours, shelling tours, boat rentals, and parasailing. 

Fort DeSoto Park6.  Fort DeSoto Park

Fort DeSoto Park is the largest park in Pinellas County, home to five interconnected islands preserving Florida’s natural beauty. North Beach is an excellent option for families, offering calm water that is ideal for young swimmers, a pirate ship playground, a concession stand, and fantastic beachcombing. Take the ferry from Fort DeSoto to Egmont Key for secluded beaches and snorkeling!

Visit the Best Florida Gulf Coast Beaches this Summer

Before visiting the best Florida Gulf Coast beaches, ensure you know the Beach Warning Flag Program rules. This program monitors the safety and enjoyment of our waters by using colored flags to communicate current swimming conditions. Escape to our beaches this summer and plan your getaway with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty. Browse our collection of Gulf Front vacation rentals and access the beach steps from your condo rental!