10 Things We Love About the Gulf Coast of Florida


10 Things We Love About the Gulf Coast of Florida

There is a lot to love about Florida's Gulf Coast, there's no doubt about that. What's on our short list of favorite things about our beloved Gulf Coast? Well, it was hard to narrow it down to a list of 10 things, but we did it. Here's what we love, in no particular order.

1. The Gulf of Mexico beaches.

What's not to love about glistening crystalline waters and pristine sugar-sand beaches? Nothing. In fact, we can't get enough... and we live here! Add in a warm salty breeze, the undulating ebb and flow of the tides, breathtaking coastal views as far as the eye can see, and plenty of sunshine. That's what you'll find on Florida's Gulf of Mexico beaches. Why aren't you here?

2. The happy palm trees.Gulf Coast Palm Trees at Sunset

There is just something about palm trees. They are happy, carefree and beautiful. Palm trees are part of the quintessential tropical ambiance found here. They line the streets, the beaches and the parks. Just watching the palm fronds sway in the Florida breeze is relaxing in and of itself. Add in the muted hues of our coastal palette as the backdrop, and you'll find yourself mesmerized by the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast and all its glory.

3. The blazing coastal sunsets.

Glowing pinks, deep purples, blazing oranges, brilliant reds and vibrant yellows set against the blues and greens of the gulf waters and the indigo Florida skies are a sight to behold. Watching the sun sink into the horizon as it ushers in the evening never gets old. Ever. It's a different show every night. Catch as many as you can.

4. The variety of shopping.

From large shopping malls like the one at the Tampa International Airport to unique beachy shops along the Clearwater Beach main drag and John's Pass Boardwalk in Madeira Beach to celebrity hot spots like Hogan's Beach Shop, there's something for everyone when it comes to shopping on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Buy something for yourself, search out that perfect souvenir or pick up something for someone special; no matter what you're looking for, you'll find it here.

5. The endless on-the-water activities.

 Whatever aquatic activity your heart desires: deep sea fishing charters, dolphin watches, dinner cruises, pirate excursions, jet skis, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding are some of the many water adventures you can embark upon on the Gulf Coast. Pick your favorite or try something new!
Crab on Gulf Beach

6. The abundant shelling.

Whether you stumble upon that special seashell or seek it out, shelling on the Gulf Coast is sure to please beachcombers of all ages. You don't need much and best of all it's free! Check out this Gulf Coast Shelling Guide and see what treasures can be found on our gulf beaches.

7. The wide range of attractions.

Museums, theme parks, miniature golf courses, zoos, art exhibits, local festivals, annual sporting events, aquariums and more abound on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Outdoor or indoor, sunny days or not-so-sunny ones, it really doesn't matter much because there's always plenty of ways to enjoy the day. Peruse our favorite Gulf Coast attractions and read up on some of our best rainy day activities, too. Don't forget to purchase your Tampa Bay CityPASS for over 50% savings on your favorite Florida places and things to do.

8. The Gulf Coast seafood.

You can't visit the Gulf Coast without a taste of our local seafood. World-famous and  fresh off the boat, we love the flavor and vast variety of fish, crabs, clams, oysters, shrimp and scallops found in our gulf waters. Elevated flavors of the already delicious seafood delights are a credit to our area restaurants and chefs. Try some for yourself! Here are our local restaurant recommendations.

9. The friendly locals.

Speaking of local, the people who live, work and play here are welcoming, friendly and happy to see you on their shores. They're happy to share their tropical paradise with you. They're also a great resource when it comes to advice on where to go, what to eat, what to see and what to do during your time here.

10. The best vacation rentals.Gulf Coast vacation rentals

On the beach, on the Intracoastal, condo or house, quaint or spacious, you'll find exactly what you're looking for when it comes to a Gulf Coast vacation rental. Hotels and motels can't compete with a vacation rental that has all the amenities you desire, the location you seek, and the privacy you deserve on a relaxing, restful beach vacation.

See what Gulf Coast vacation rentals are available and start planning your next beach vacation now. You won't regret it!

What's your favorite thing about living or vacationing on the Gulf Coast of Florida?


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