When one thinks of catching a sick wave, the beaches of California come to mind. Surfing in Florida is not usually a past time, but one would be understating the Sunshine State's gnarly waves. These six beaches provide huge swells for those who are looking to "hang ten" or just love watching waves crash against the shoreline.

Up and down the state, surfers wait for the next big wave to ride. Once you catch a wave, it seems as if the earth, for one brief moment, stands still, and the ocean does the talking.

Thanks to the stillness of the ocean, the Gulf Coast isn't nearly as an ideal of a surfing spot compared to the Atlantic coast, but the swells are still notable. Plus, Florida beaches provide sandy nature escapes that are perfect for those looking to lounge around and catch a tan or splash in refreshing water on a hot summer day. 

Here are the six sandy beaches that will not only provide a great beach day but also produce some legendary surfing within an easy drive from Jacksonville. Make sure you bring your surfboard, grab some friends, and get ready to enjoy an incredible day at the beach. 

Reef Road

Address: Palm Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: This semi-secret spot has some of the largest waves in Florida. It's well worth the journey to get her and catch some serious surf. The beach also provides an excellent spot for sunbathing.

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Smyrna Dunes Park

Address: 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: Florida surfers have long flocked to New Smyrna Beach for those "Golden Hour" sessions. This spot is also one of the better beaches in Central Florida, providing a great day to just enjoy the ocean. 

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Jacksonville Beach

Address: 503 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 

Why You Need To Go: North Floridians have a buffet of beaches to visit. However, this spot has the best of both worlds: perfect sand to enjoy a lazy day and excellent waves for surfers. 

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Spanish River Park 

Address: 3001 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton, FL 

Why You Need To Go: When the east swell comes alive, this is one of the best places to be in South Florida.

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Flagler Beach

Address: 105 S. 2 St., Flagler Beach, FL 

Why You Need To Go: Flagler Beach is one of the state's best-kept secrets. Not as well known as other Central Florida's other beaches, this spot is the perfect backdrop to your summer days.

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Juno Beach 

Address: 14776 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 

Why You Need To Go: The surf at this spot is just right for surfers to catch the perfect swell. It's also ideal for laying out your towel and enjoying the summer rays at one of the county's best beaches. 

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Make sure your surfboard and beach towel is ready to go so you can hit these impressive shorelines this summer.


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.


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