Top 3 most popular beach cities in the US state of Florida

By TravelWiseFeb 29, 2024 17:13 PMNews
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Stuart, Florida, sunset
Stuart, Florida, sunset. Source: The Travel

Three of Florida's best destinations have made USA Today's list of the best coastal small towns, and they more than deserve it.

From the shell-strewn beaches of Sanibel Island to the fishy shores of Stuart and St. Augustine, these towns are undoubtedly what make Florida so unique, The Travel writes.

St. Augustine, Florida, is a top-rated historic city

There are plenty of things to do in charming St. Augustine, including some of the scariest ghost tours on the First Coast, as this city is the oldest in the United States, with a history dating back to 1565.

Take a walk through the old town, learn about ghostly stories and be sure to visit the famous Fountain of Youth. St. Augustine is an easy day trip from neighboring Jacksonville, and you'll find many nice B&Bs to enjoy the best of this provincial city.

Attractions worth visiting: Lightning Museum , Fountain of Youth , Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Top 3 most popular beach cities in the US state of Florida
Top 3 most popular beach cities in the US state of Florida. Source: The Travel

Travel to Stuart, Florida to rejuvenate off the beaten path

Located right on the Atlantic coast, Stuart is the "sailing capital of the world" and is well known for its bountiful fish. In Stuart, you will find many places to bask on the beach and play in the water, as well as many great museums where you can learn about the history of Stuart and the greater Treasure Coast.

The best beach to visit is Stuart Beach, which is central to all the best activities and excursions in this fantastic city, but it's hard to go wrong with any sandy stretch of Stuart shoreline.

Attractions worth visiting: Stuart Heritage Museum, Florida Oceanographic Society, Savannah State Park.

Sanibel Island, Florida - an unspoiled vacation

Sanibel Island has many hidden gems and some of the best shell hunting spots in the Sunshine State. This gorgeous island is off the coast of neighboring Fort Myers, and you can find plenty of local wildlife and some of the most beautiful seashells scattered on its shores.

Top 3 most popular beach cities in the US state of Florida
Top 3 most popular beach cities in the US state of Florida. Source: The Travel

Plus, the white sand beaches are perfect for a day of lounging on the shore. If you love sunbathing, wildlife watching and nature gazing, add Sanibel Island to your must-see list.

Attractions worth visiting: all the free beaches, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Bailey-Matthews National Seashell Museum, Historical Museum and Sanibel Village.

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