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7 Of The Most Stunning Gulf Coast Beaches

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7 Of The Most Stunning Gulf Coast Beaches

It's always road trip season in Florida, and since you can enjoy the beaches here year-round, we've drawn up a map of the most stunning gulf coast beaches you can hit, working your way down from the top of the Sunshine State. So pack your beach bag, fill your tank, and follow that horizon, here are the best Florida Gulf Coast beaches.

Fort Walton Beach

When: 8a.m. – 6p.m.

Address: 139 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Why You Need To Go: It’s not called the Emerald Coast for nothing! Fort Walton Beach is 24 miles of picturesque shoreline, with white sand beaches and emerald green water. The gorgeous deep green doesn’t come from any kind of contamination, so don’t worry. It happens when the sunlight reflects off the algae in the water.

St. George Island

When: 8a.m. – sundown

Address: 1900 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328

Why You Need To Go: St. George Island State Park is a 28-mile-long barrier island, and one of the last preserved barrier islands in Florida. The lack of chain restaurants and nature-focused activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing are perfect for those looking to get back in touch with nature.

St. Pete

When: 7a.m. – 7p.m.

Address: 4700 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Why You Need To Go: Considered a gem of the Gulf Coast, St. Pete Beach is a favorite for its stretch of undeveloped beach, sugar-like white sand, and an average of 361 days of sunshine per year.

Sarasota Beaches

When: 7a.m. – 6p.m.

Address: 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Why You Need To Go: With six different stunning beaches, you’ve no shortage of perfect places to watch the sunset here. Sarasota is known for its ecotourism, so there are plenty of outdoor activities to get up close and personal with Florida’s wildlife.

Siesta Key

When: 7a.m. – 6p.m.

Address: 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Why You Need To Go: Siesta Key has a lot to boast about it. Ranked as the topmost beautiful beach in the United States, and as having the finest sand in the world, it consists of an eight-mile barrier island full of natural beauty. The tranquil waters are also perfect for safe swimming and snorkeling.

Venice Beach

When: 7a.m. – 6p.m.

Address: 101 The Esplanade S, Venice, FL 34285

Why You Need To Go: Known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” Venice is full of natural wonders, including black sand beaches that get their color of fragmented fossils and quartz.

Sanibel Island

When: 7a.m. – 7p.m.

Address: 1700 Bowmans Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

Why You Need To Go: Named “The Shelling Capital of the World,” shell hunters from all over the world travel to Sanibel Island to scour the shore for nautical treasures. Even with if this influx of tourism, the island never lost its small-town charm.

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