Trendy South Florida is home to the beaches that Florida is known for. South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach are winter playgrounds to millions of visitors world-wide. But Floridians know that its the summer season when all those beautiful beaches come alive with sexy bodies and calm crystal clear waters with its many shades of blue and green. South Florida Beaches are also sheltered by the Bahama chain of islands from many huge swells generated by Atlantic storms.
The beaches of Fort Lauderdale are as beautiful as ever with clean Gulf Stream waters that cleanse the shores with warm tropical water. The crowds are diverse and make for interesting people watching with nearby eating and drinking establishments just off the sand. Parking is adequate during the weekdays while weekends can present a challenge for those looking for a beachfront parking space.
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Palm Beach has always been the winter playground of the elite like Henry Flagler, the Kennedy family and The Donald. However the beaches of Palm Beach are at their best in the summer when the winds die and the seas are calm.
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Lummus Beach - South Beach Miami
Lummus Beach it is also known as Glitter Beach to the locals. Lummus Park and the adjacent Lummus Beach stretch from 6th street to 14th street. South Beach is considered to be one of the most popular hotspots in Florida. Called SoBe by locals, it's known for its spectacular nightlife, fine dinning, Art Deco area, trend setting influence. Lummus Beach is the beach where models go and pose for fashion magazine photo shoots, and because of the European influence on South Beach, topless sunbathing is tolerated.
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Smathers Beach - Key West
Smathers Beach is the longest, and one of the best-known beaches in Key West. It has plenty of parking, restrooms, concession stands, chair rentals and picnic tables. Smathers Beach activities include tanning, volleyball and more, watersport/beachsport rentals are available, everything you need to have a great day in the sun is right at hand. Separating the lovely turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West is the southern most point in the United States.
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Stuart is home to two of the most stunning and unique beaches in Florida, Bathtub Reef and the beach next to the House of Refuge. Bathtub Reef gets its name from the living reef found just offshore creating a calm area of shallow water resembling a bathtub. The area covers about 85 acres and runs from the St. Lucie Inlet north about 1.4 miles. The House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar in has a history of life savings that goes back to 1876, and the adjacent beach features a beautiful rocky shoreline.
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Bill Baggs State Park
Bill Baggs State Park is lush and beautiful, a wonderful place to spend a day on the beach with your family or to tour and learn some of Florida's amazing history. Here's one more fun fact about the park; it has been recognized as a site within the U.S. National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, it was a stop on the trip to the British Bahamas by escaped slaves and it's still worth a stop today no matter where else your trip takes you.
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When you visit Miami Beach, the beach is just the beginning. Here you'll find fabulous places to shop for unique things you'll only find in this area, enjoy a delicious meal while people watching at a sidewalk café, hear great music or dance the night away at one of their internationally renowned night clubs. So you can relax at the beach, if you choose, or take advantage of all the many other wonderful things there are to do in Miami Beach.
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Bahia Honda Key
Bahia Honda has several beautiful white sand beaches. Calusa, the smallest beach, is located on the northwest side of the island. On the south side is Loggerhead, the shallowest beach, with a large sand bar just a few feet offshore. Sandspur, the largest beach, is located on the southeast end of the island. There are three pavilions here, with barbecue grills available to rent for parties and several areas for picnicking if you’re just passing through the park.
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Pennekamp State Park
Pennekamp features three swimming areas with beaches. Canon Beach is one of the most popular, because of the remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck about 100 feet offshore which makes this a great place to snorkel. The campgrounds have 47 sites to accommodate both RV and tent campers. There are three main snorkel boats in the park. Each runs three 2 1/2-hour trips a day, depending on the weather, to several of the better shallow reefs, from 3 to 5 miles offshore. These reefs range from 20 feet deep to right at the surface.
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Jupiter Inlet - Dubois Park
This is a perfect place to plan on spending the day. You can swim at beaches watched over by lifeguards or surf and fish in one of the designated areas. Then you can picnic at one of the many tables there and use the grills or if you have a larger group, pavilions are available for reservation. They also have playgrounds and a volleyball area. Jupiter Inlet Park and Dubois Park are connected by a small foot bridge so you can visit both easily.
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By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com