Where to Go in Florida For a Winter Getaway on the Beach
December through March each year marks winter in the United States, and much of the country falls quite firmly under an icy winter grip. The concept of escaping somewhere warm and breezy is therefore a welcome one, and those with the opportunity to get away usually make a beeline for Florida.
Florida winters offer 80 degree days, which most tourists choose to spend on the beach. And with over 1,000 miles of pristine coastline, there is more than enough white sand to go around. Florida is one of the best destinations for a winter beach getaway. The following guide includes recommendations of where you can go.
Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach is a party destination on the west coast of Florida, and is a great destination for those seeking a lively atmosphere and young vibe. It’s a sun-bleached seaside party all year round, and you can find fantastic deals on hotels right on the beach.
Those seeking a quieter crowd can travel south of the main stretch where the beachfront turns residential, or to Estero Island which is a popular 7 mile section of Fort Myers Beach among locals.
USA Today voted Clearwater Beach Florida’s best beach town, and travelers head here to enjoy a classic beach scene. Think warm sunshine, crystal clear waters, miles of pristine white sand, and hospitality along the shore.
A large stretch of Clearwater Beach has been specifically designated to resorts, and the competition here means that there are hotel options available to suit every budget. This is a great destination which offers good value for families.
Daytona Beach is an exciting destination which mixes hard-packed white sandy beaches with carnival rides and attractions right there on the shore. The city is famous for being the birthplace of NASCAR, and the host of the Daytona 500. Racing and motor sports have played a significant role in the cultural scene here, and this is one of the few places in the world where you can still drive your car onto the beach.
There are many fabulous beachfront hotels in Daytona Beach which offer parking as part of the rate.
Pensacola beach is where you will find sugar-white sand and emerald water, and together with Santa Rosa Island, this is the perfect destination for a fun and relaxing vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast.
Pensacola Beach was named one of the top 25 beaches in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in 2015, and offers some of the best fresh seafood in the State. Unlike other tourist destinations in Florida, it’s still possible to find nearly deserted beaches here.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is a hub for outdoor and cultural attractions in Florida, so this is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure or mixing a trip to the beach with the arts.
On top of beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean Coast, winter in West Palm beach also means fine dining, broadway shows, art museums and more. Music festivals take place on the waterfront each year, and downtown is home to some of the largest retail and entertainment districts in the State.