Florida Beach Guide

An oasis, a metropolis, solitude, never ending nightlife, rustic wilderness, city fast life… officially the Sunshine State, Florida is still known for so many different characteristics. With due cause, this state attracts over 90 million tourists everywhere. If so many people are all flocking to the same area, then you can bet there is good reason.

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Weather and environment

With such beautiful weather, it’s no wonder people visit year round. The north of Florida is a humid subtropical climate where as the areas south of Lake Okeechobee are full on tropical. In summer, you can expect the air to be hot in the 90s (32–34 °C) and wet with humidity. In wintertime, northeastern Florida gets weather that can resemble seasons, with the temperature dropping to the low 40s with less humidity. Though as you get further south you’ll find the days hovering in the 60s, which is why many people come in December and January to escape the cold in Florida.

The weather is perfect for wildlife to thrive!

With a wet season during summer, if you’re in central Florida you can expect to see lightning and thunderstorms regularly. The rain keeps everything flourishing, resulting in a lush, green environment populated with wonderfully colorful flora and fauna. Florida is the third most diverse state in the United States, with over 3,000 different types of wildflowers alone.  

If you walk even a little bit outside of the city, you can see panthers, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, alligators, and so many more creatures that will make you max out the memory on your digital camera.

Explore the Everglades

Florida claims the fame of having something that cannot be found anywhere else in the world: The everglades. If you take a trip out to see this unique and pristine environment, you will realize why conservationists have dedicated their entire lives to ensuring its preservation.

The 60 mile wide and 100 mile long wetland area is a World Heritage Site and the third largest park in the United States. It covers most of the southwestern tip of Florida, protecting thousands of species of plants and animals. Within its boundaries are over 30 species of endangered and threatened animals alone. It is absolutely worth taking a day and exploring this marvelous area. You can go with a tour company and experience a high speed airboat, walk along the dry land trails, or rent canoes and kayaks to paddle your own way around. Whatever you choose to do, just don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience this sanctuary!

Gulf Coast vs Atlantic Coast

A debate as old as time. Though all of Florida’s beaches are remarkable, talk to local residents and you’ll find that people are split as to which is the “better” side. Some people argue the Gulf of Mexico coast, whereas others prefer the eastern Atlantic. With over 1,350 miles of shoreline, there is plenty to debate about. Though we don’t play favorites, there are some noticeable differences between the two coasts.

West Coast

  • See the sunset over the ocean
  • Calmer beaches, less crowds, smaller cities, all around more rural (Ex: Naples, Clearwater)
  • White sand and calmer, warmer waters. Excellent fishing.
  • Less likely to get directly hit by a hurricane

East Coast

  • See the sunrise over the ocean
  • More crowds, bigger and busier cities, more crowded beaches, all around more urban (Ex: Miami, Panama City beach)
  • Cream colored sand and cooler water temperature with bigger waves. Excellent surfing.
  • More likely to get hit directly by a hurricane

 

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