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The 4 Top Places in Florida For a Relaxing Beach Vacation

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If visiting one of the top places in Florida is on your vacation radar, you might not want to experience the loudness of Miami or the crowded beaches of Destin, with its Spring Breakers. Instead, you might want to find somewhere more relaxing. That’s why it’s a good idea to search for vacation rentals in Anna Maria Island FL, or over in St. Augustine.

When many people think of a calm and happy place, they imagine the beach. With its white sands, clear waters, lapping waves, and overall tranquility, it’s easy to see why. A beach is more than just a relaxation spot; it’s a place to disconnect and focus on you. Maybe that means laying out and tanning, reading a book, or merely wading out in the water. 

With this in mind, let’s run through 4 of the top places in Florida for a relaxing beach vacation while in the Sunshine State. 

St. Augustine

Being the oldest city in the US, St. Augustine is a pristine place full of calm beaches and has plenty of activities to do around town. Occupied by the Spanish in 1513, St. Augustine still holds some of its Spanish traditions very dear to its heart. The Spanish fort still sits on the harbor while old-time Spanish flags still flutter around. There are plenty of boat tours around and a dolphin habitat down the road, ideal for both families and couples.

Clearwater Beach

Sitting just north of Tampa, Clearwater Beach is a retirement community that has something for everyone, despite being quiet and quaint.

The coast has plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants and vacation rentals. There are plenty of places to walk around and shop. Don’t worry about having to drive everywhere, as it’s incredibly easy to go from one point of town to the other on your feet or by renting a bike.

Anna Maria Island

There are a ton of beautiful vacation rentals in Anna Maria Island, FL that you can call home for a week, or more! This island is in the south of the city of Tampa, so it’s easy to fly in and drive down for your vacation. 

Just like other places in Florida, the island has plenty of relaxing beaches and a historic Old Town with restaurants and plenty of shopping spots. There is also a beach market that is regularly put up, and even if you don’t like browsing, you can still look at the various items they have to offer.

There are also boat rentals and tours which can make your day on the water even better. You certainly won’t be disappointed by your visit.

Key West

It’s hard to talk about the top places in Florida without mentioning Key West. In fact it’s hard to talk about Florida itself without talking about Key West! The island is located on the southern tip of Florida and has seen a drop-off in population due to the recent number of hurricanes that have passed through the area. Still, you don’t want to miss out on Key West’s pristine beaches and beautiful houses. 

Besides the beaches, there are plenty of things to do in the area, like visiting Ernest Hemingway’s old home as well as taking a boat tour. But if you want to spend the majority of your time at the beach, you most certainly can!

 

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