South Walton, Florida offers up an exciting beach town that skips the overcrowded shores and boardwalks. The pure-white, sand beaches and turquoise waters will bring the tourists in but the quirky, pastel-colored houses and welcoming community will make this a new, favorite vacation spot. Art and culture are a big part of this town and you’ll leave feeling like you got a taste of nearly everything. In addition, the beach town has done a good job of preserving its natural elements. Hike through parks and lively forests on your way to visit the rare coastal dune lakes. You’ll be telling all of your friends about Seaside.
Nassau County, Florida is home to Fernandina and thirteen miles of gorgeous beach. The surrounding town is located on Amelia Island. This beach town is the perfect destination for a mid-summer getaway. Explore the historic town by horse-drawn carriage to get the full feel. Here you can find that independent shops of all kinds line the streets. Some light shopping or a full on spree is the perfect alternative on rainy days. The Isle of Eight Flags is also a big draw because it is the only place in the United States to be under the domain of eight flags. If that taste of history excites you, you can also visit the island’s museum of history. This quaint, beach town is full of surprises.
With the town’s Scottish roots, you’ll get a feel for the unique culture and want to stay in Dunedin long after your vacation has ended. This little town is anything but commercial. You won’t see the same old franchises that you see all over the U.S. here. Mom and Pop shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants are what this town is all about. The simple, uniqueness of Dunedin is a major draw for travelers looking for variety and new experiences. There is a historical aspect to the town that provides a rich background for this vacation spot. In addition, Dunedin is home to several highly rated beaches, it’s home to the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training, and there are numerous shops and art galleries to visit. Dunedin seems to have the perfect variety for a family on vacation.
St. George Island
Beat the heat on St. George’s Island, away from the high-risers and towering condos that typically line other Florida beaches. This mellow beach town is a great alternative to the often crowded and over stimulating tourist spots. This barrier island is uniquely uninhabited compared to other destinations. The gorgeous miles of beach offers perfect seclusion for long walks. The sand is often glittering with exciting shells that will have you toting a whole lot of sand back home. Despite the lack of crowds, there’s plenty to do. Boating, fishing, shopping, and sightseeing are just the beginning. A special draw on the island is the site of Loggerhead sea turtles laying their eggs and watching their babies make the mad dash for the sea at the end of the season.
This may not sound like the perfect beach town by the name of it, but there is plenty to keep vacationers busy. The friendly, park-your-car-and-walk-to-the-beach atmosphere has been called paradise by many. Located at the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach you’ll find yourself falling in love with this beach town. Enjoy the day kayaking, deep sea fishing, sightseeing from the ferry, lounging in the sand, shopping the shops, or hitting the spa. Pass-A-Grille has the traditional beach town activities, without the hustle and bustle.
Miami and Key West are among the many popular destinations in Florida. However, the large crowds can sometimes take away from the overall beach experience. Visit one of these quaint beach towns for the relaxing and peaceful getaway that you’ve been dreaming of.
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