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4 Florida Beaches to Visit To Escape the Cold

South Beach Miami (Image: VisitFlorida.com)

Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the beautiful Florida beaches that are beckoning to you with their pristine white sand and beautiful crystal blue waters. The fact is, there are more than a few beaches that make great destinations for a cold-weather getaway.

Rather than hibernating this year, and avoiding the cold, head out to the amazing Florida beaches. If you aren’t sure what to pack for a cold-weather beach trip, be sure to check out the advice on sites like BeachRated.

  1. Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park (Image: Pinellas County)

This is definitely a beach hideaway, located in Clearwater, Florida. To get to this secluded stretch of sand, you will need to use the ferry traveling to the Dunedin Causeway. Once you set foot on the beach, all you will see is what looks like a deserted island – a completely undeveloped sandy stretch as far as your eye can see.

Don’t worry though, there is plenty to see and do. In addition to lounging on the pristine white sand, you can also wander through more than 1,800 acres of mangroves and grass flats, along with 650 acres of nature trails.

  1. Crandon Park
Crandon Park Beach (Wikimedia)

This area is located close to South Beach, and it is an 808-acre urban park that’s full of seagrass beds, sand dunes, and a beautiful shoreline. In addition to the beautiful beach, there’s an outdoor roller-skating rink as well as a carousel.

The waves here are extremely gentle, and there’s plenty of time to get in the water – even when it’s cold, as the average temperature is over 70 degrees year-round. There’re even historic gardens located nearby where you can wander in the peace and tranquility this area offers.

  1. Jupiter Beach
Jupiter Lighthouse (JupiterFloridaUSA.com)

Do you want to take a trip to the dunes with your four-legged friend? If so, then you should set your sights on the beaches in Palm Beach County. If you choose Jupiter Beach Park, you are going to find all types of picnic spots, along with a beautiful coastline for your pup to play.

You can also visit John D. MacArthur State Park, which is open throughout the year. You will have to pay a $5 parking fee, but it’s well worth it. In addition to enjoying the beach, this area is great for bird-watching, or enjoy the historical archaeological site nearby. Other highlights of the area include a playground, grills and a 100-foot swimming lagoon.

  1. Playalinda Beach
Playalinda Beach (Image: SpaceCoastLaunches.com)

Do you love nature? If so, then you are going to love being able to travel through an amazing wildlife refuge to arrive at Playalinda Beach, which is actually found on the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

When you decide to visit here, you can see more wildlife than you think, with bald eagles, loggerhead turtles and manatees being a few examples. Even better, the entire stretch of shoreline is still almost completely untouched, free from buildings, motorized boats, and traffic. If you still want a few creature comforts, then you can stay nearby in Cocoa Beach, where there is a wide array of hotels, shops, and restaurants.

If you want to visit an amazing Florida beach during the colder months of the year, then the options here are great ones to consider. You will find they are welcoming, warm and offer everything great you have ever imagined about the Florida coastline.

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