Florida’s Best Beach Towns

There’s always something for everyone at America’s favorite spring break state. Florida draws in tourists from all over the world for its famous sites, including blossoming sunsets, iconic theme parks, the Everglades, and of course the beautiful, white-sand beaches. Florida’s exciting beach towns are also destinations in themselves and only add to the draw of a beach getaway. 

Miami

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Possibly America’s favorite spring break city, once in Miami, travelers can enjoy its famous Cuban-inspired cuisine, soak in the rays on South Beach, enjoy high-class shopping in Miami’s many outdoor malls, and keep eyes peeled for celebrity sightings. While there are many beach resorts among Miami’s famous sands, staying a bit more inland can save hundreds of dollars to be used toward Miami’s restaurants and other attractions.

Tampa

Another way to save money in Florida, particularly while traveling between Miami and Tampa, is by bus. Busbud provides several routes and options so that travelers can sit back and enjoy the sites Florida has to offer. Although Tampa isn’t located directly on the beach like its neighboring towns, travelers will enjoy getting back in touch with nature with a visit to Busch Gardens Tampa or a kayak trip down the Hillsborough River. Just like in Miami, staying directly in Tampa instead of on the beach might save travelers a lot of money in the long run, as it’s quite easy to get around otherwise with a rental car.

Naples

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Southwestern Florida is full of amazing beach cities, and Naples is no exception. Shoppers looking to spend their hearts out will find nothing short of the best in downtown Naples and can expect to purchase another suitcase to fit their new possessions from Macy’s, the Waterside Shops, and more. Couples looking for a romantic resort on the beach will find plenty in Naples, including the highly rated La Playa Beach & Golf Resort and the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Resort. Restaurants such as Mediterrano, Rumba Cuban Café, and Fuse are great dining options and will leave foodies more than satisfied.

Sanibel Island & Captiva

Just north of Naples lies the beautiful Sanibel Island. With its pristine sandy beaches and choice of rental condominiums, tourists looking for the ideal spring break accommodations will have a hard time deciding between the seemingly hundreds of options. Aside from soaking up the waves by snorkeling, diving, and surfing, tourists can enjoy other aspects of nature that Sanibel Island & Captiva have to offer such as bird watching, nature tours, and botanical tours.

Clearwater Beach

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Even further north lies Clearwater Beach, part of Tampa Bay beaches which boast 361 days of sun per year and an ever-growing list of tourist attractions. Hotel options are varied and many, including the Hilton Clearwater Beach and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Tourists will love the range of delicious restaurants such as Café Ponte, rated highly for its American seafood fare.

Each Florida beach town has its own charm and spirit — visit them all using the bus and save money!

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