Visit four fabulous beaches for summer chillin – all within pristine natural surroundings, fewer crowds and close to delicious Florida seafood.
I’ve set down my beach chair, my feet are well ensconced in the sand, the sunscreen has been dutifully applied and I am focused on the sparkling blue water. Warm Florida sunshine pours over me. In a state of tranquility, I am enjoying the perfect day, with not a care in the world.
I have three requirements for a great beach day or beach vacation:
1. A fabulous beach (of course)
2. Surrounded by Florida nature and
3. Tasty Florida seafood nearby
These requirements actually define the perfect day, no, make that the perfect life – lived just for today.
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, read on, I hope to convince you that this bliss is possible.
Let’s start with a fabulous beach. Yes, most Florida beaches are beautiful – with sand, sunshine, water, and waves. Simple enough. But I’ve always thought that a really good beach was one that is unspoiled, undeveloped, spacious and wide-open. And, not crowded. I prefer one without rows of condos, resorts, homes or urban sprawl; one where I don’t have to zig-zag through a gauntlet of beach towels, chairs and umbrellas to get to the water. I am talking about one where I can actually hear the laughing calls of gulls and the sound of gentle surf rather than radios and traffic.
Am I crazy, or is this possible in a state that is such a Mecca for Tourism?
I hope to convince you that it is very possible. Florida has many best-kept-secret beaches. They are the ones located within or near state parks or preserves with sandy stretches almost always surrounded by beautiful nature – pine forests, scrub, mangroves, and oak hammocks. In many Florida parks, you will find beaches and “real” Florida all in one package.
With these three requirements in mind – great beaches, surrounded by Florida nature with great seafood nearby – I have selected four special recommendations for you.