For relaxation in the Florida sun, forget the hopping nightlife of Miami and South Beach and the all-day party atmosphere of spring break hot spot Daytona. To truly relax in the Sunshine State you need to seek out the hidden gem beaches buried along Florida’s coastlines, like pirate treasure waiting to be unearthed.
You’ll find solace in spots like the Gulf Coast beaches north and south of St Petersburg, and Clearwater, that amazed me the first time I visited, with soft white sand that looks like sugar, feels like silk, and doesn’t get hot and sticky like the Miami beaches I grew up visiting.
As you start to look around the state, the more of these special spots you’ll find. The only question: whether to share their location with family and friends, or keep these private paradises all to yourself.