America, Florida, Orlando | March 26, 2015 by Tour America
Florida is one of the top destinations for a great family holiday. The great weather and the number of amazing attractions make it a non stop fun fest! But after all the theme parks and adventures, it’s nice to just lie back and relax at the beach.
In Florida, there are many beaches that have something for the whole family. We’ve put together five great beaches in Florida for mum, dad and all the kids to enjoy!
One of the more popular family beaches in Florida, and only a two hour drive from Orlando, located in the Central West Coast, is Clearwater Beach. The clear shallow waters and clean sugar sand make this beach very family friendly. There is no worry about your children disturbing anyone because there are kids everywhere on this beach! Parasailing and other watersports are available for some adventure.
Let the young ones play in the playground while the teens play some beach volleyball. The fun doesn’t stop when the sand ends. There are shops and restaurants across the street and plenty of family friendly resorts to stay in. Why not visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or let the kids ride the Captain Memo Pirate Cruise. At the end of the day, there are daily sunset celebrations at Pier 60. With so much to do on or near this beach, the kids will be kept busy while Mum and Dad can relax or even join in on the fun!
Naples, on the Gulf Coast, has over 10 miles of Sandy Beaches. The residential surroundings give it a low key, relaxed quality, perfect for a family looking for some downtime. Kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving are among the numerous water activities available for the whole family. The area is also great for fishing and watching the sunset. At the beach, there is plenty of parking available, picnic tables and snack bars nearby. Showers and restrooms are there so you won’t fill the car up with sand on the drive home. The express ferry from the nearby Marco Island also gives the kids a chance to spot a few dolphins on the journey.
East Coast’s Daytona Beach may have a racing tradition, but still maintains a wonderful family atmosphere. Some areas allow you to drive onto the sand to find the perfect beach spot or you can opt for the car free areas. From bicycle and scooter hires to boating, kayaking, boogie boarding and surfing lessons, the whole family will be spoilt for choice! There are even exciting activities such as snorkelling, banana boating, parasailing and historic river cruising. Vendors are located along the beach so you and your family can spend the entire day on the beach!
In recent years, Fort Lauderdale has become the place to go for families because of the amazing weather, welcoming resorts and the many attractions in the area. Warm your toes in 23 miles of sunkissed sand. From dining spots with childrens menus to outdoor playgrounds for the young,this area is designed for families. There are beachfront mega-resorts that cater to all of the families needs such as kids’ clubs, playgrounds, children’s pools and other amenities. The beachfront promenade is the perfect place to take a walk or grab a bite and take in the sights after relaxing on the beach. Fort Lauderdale is also where many Caribbean cruise ships depart from so it makes the perfect pre or post cruise destination!
Fort Walton Beach is full with families everyday looking for a fun, relaxing day in the sun. Kids can safely play on the clean, white sands or swim in the clear water. The boardwalk along the pier is full of restaurants, shops and even areas to play some volleyball. The family won’t want to leave! Anglers beachside grill has a private roped off playground for the kids and the parents can keep an eye on them from above. On the beach there are activities including parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, pontoon-boating and fishing. Right beside the beach is the recently renovated Gulfarium. Here, you can catch a dolphin or sea lion shows and even interact with sting rays, sharks and otters to give the kids unforgettable memories.
These beaches are just a taste of what Florida has to offer. There are so many options for family fun during your Florida Holidays. If you are thinking of having a family friendly holiday in Florida, call us on 01 8173535 to talk to one of our Florida travel specialists or visit https://www.touramerica.ie/destination/st-petersburg-clearwater-holidays for more information.