Florida is known best for two things: Mickey Mouse and stunning beaches. And while one will definitely cost you a pretty penny, the other doesn’t have to. There are tons of stunning beaches all around Florida to experience, but this is one time where the old adage of “you get what you pay for” isn’t really applicable. There are many beautiful beaches in Florida that are totally free to access.
You may have to pay for parking at some locations.
When: Open daily until dark
Address: 1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL
Why You Need To Go: Clearwater Beach is nestled on the peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and features warm gulf waters, sugar-white sand, and all the sunshine you could ask for. The waves are usually calm and small, you can almost always spot dolphins, and there are plenty of good eats around.
When: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Address: 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL
Why You Need To Go: Siesta Beach is an 8-mile stretch of pristine coastline with amazing sand primarily composed of pure quartz crystals. The water is shallow and gentle, making it the dreamiest beach destination.
When: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Address: 1500 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: Cocoa Beach has something for everyone, from surfers to casual beach loungers, to even the space fans. After parking at a free parking lot and having your fill of the sand and sun, you can check out the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, too.
When: 24 hours a day
Address: 12 North Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: Famous for the annual Daytona 500 NASCAR race and Biketoberfest, you can get your fill of motorsports and then relax on the red sand beaches of Daytona, free of charge.
Anna Maria Island
When: 24 hours
Address: 100 Palmetto Ave, Anna Maria, FL
Why You Need To Go: Secluded, quiet, and pristine are the best descriptors of Anna Maria Island. While you may have to pay a few tolls on your way there, beach access is free and available all over the island.
When: Sunrise to sunset
Address: 2344 3rd St S Jacksonville Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: While Jacksonville is pretty industrial, its beaches are still beautiful. From surfing to beach volleyball to lounging to the sound of the waves, it’s pretty easy to find free parking to enjoy this beach to the fullest.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.