Traveling out of the country can be a huge hassle, and not to mention expensive. Luckily, there are tons of places in Florida with stunning blue waters that feel like the Bahamas, so you can enjoy those island vibes without ever leaving the Sunshine State. These 6 beaches are the best spots in the Sunshine State to relax like you're in an island paradise.

North Beach

Address: Miami Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: This famous beach stays warm year-round. Unlike South Beach, this spot is peaceful and great for relaxation.

Marco Island

Address: Marco Island, FL

Why You Need To Go: Head to the Gulf Coast for blue waters at Marco Island that will remind you of the Bahamas. You may spot some super rare shells.

Turtle Beach Park

Address: 8918 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL

Why You Need To Go: This hidden paradise has tropical vacation vibes. The beach is rarely busy and has white sands and sparkling clear water.


Address: Destin, FL

Why You Need To Go: The Panhandle has tons of turquoise blue water beaches and Destin is no exception. Try James Lee Beach for fewer crowds and enjoy some peaceful sunbathing.


Address: Islamadora, FL

Why You Need To Go: Islamadora in the Florida Keys is the perfect place for snorkeling. You can spot colorful sea life through the crystal clear waters.

Key West

Address: Key West, FL

Why You Need To Go: The ultimate Florida spot that looks like the Bahamas is Key West. This toasty destination will make you feel like you're in an exotic foreign island almost anywhere you go here.

Visit these spots across Florida and have that tropical vacay you've been meaning to take. You'll need sunscreen and shades, but you can leave your passport at home.

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.