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Best Florida Beaches

With about 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida is a year-round escape for many on the East Coast. Plus, the diversity of the shores — from family-friendly to party-focused — helps draw all different types of travelers. U.S. News took factors like aesthetics, atmosphere and convenience into account to provide the ranking list below. We compiled user votes and expert insight so you won't have any trouble choosing your next Florida vacation. What's your favorite beach in the Sunshine State? Vote below to contribute to next year's rankings. 

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Why go: Families flock to Destin for its white sands, gorgeous Gulf waters and frequent sunshine. This Florida mainstay is one of the state's most affordable beach towns, though temperatures, visitor volume and room rates are at their highest in the summer. Read More»

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Why go: The Sunshine City offers the best of both worlds. Visitors get both miles of relaxing shorelines and an urban cityscape – perfect for those looking to escape to the beach without feeling disconnected. What's more, the city holds the world record for having the most consecutive days of sunshine. Read More»

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Why go: You'll be hard-pressed to find a place in Florida with quieter and calmer shores than Sanibel Island. Here, the pastime is "shelling" – collecting assorted colorful seashells along the sand – rather than partying, making this beach an excellent choice for families. Read More»

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Why go: Overflowing with golf courses, gourmet restaurants and boutique shops, Naples offers travelers an upscale Florida retreat. The luxury resorts and costly activities can make a Naples vacation quite expensive. But luckily, the beaches are completely free to enjoy. Read More»

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Why go: Often overlooked for Miami, Fort Lauderdale's less chaotic, less crowded beaches are its greatest asset. Fort Lauderdale is both family- and budget-friendly, offering significantly lower hotel room rates than other nearby Florida beach towns. Read More»

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Why go: This tiny island might be at the end of the Keys, but it should also garner a spot at the top of your list. This little refuge will knock your socks off with exciting festivals, laid-back bars and fascinating people. However, the shores themselves can also be a bit overcrowded. Read More»

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Why go: Daytona Beach's 23 miles of soft, sandy shoreline is enough to satisfy any beachgoer. Your best bet for snagging a deal is sometime between March and May, when the temps are toasty and the tourists haven't yet taken over. Read More»

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Why go: It's Miami Beach. This statement should be enough to convince you to go. But, in case you need more of an incentive, here's a list of what you'll find in town: smooth sand, gorgeous weather, all-night parties and celebrity sightings. What's not to love? Read More»

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