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Why You Should Visit These Top-Rated Florida Beaches Before The End Of Summer

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Florida has a mixed reputation. Yet one thing that is undeniable about this southern state is its availability of beautiful beaches. 

With summer ending, getting in as much beach time as possible is essential. While it would be great to travel to the coast of Greece to soak up some sun, an international end-of-summer trip is quite tricky. The month of August usually means more people are traveling and flight prices are increasing.

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However, if you need to dig your heels into warm white sand to help you soak up the last bit of summer, check out these top-rated beaches. 

U.S. News recently ranked the top 15 beaches in Florida. The publication’s readers voted on different aspects, such as atmosphere, aesthetics, and conveniences. 

Here is why you should visit Florida’s top 5 best beaches before the leaves change colors. 

#5 Beaches in Destin, Florida

Along what is known as the Emerald Coast is a selection of white sand beaches in Destin, Florida. This area is one of Flordia’s more popular vacation spots. 

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One of the main attractions is the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. While strolling along, you get stunning views of the harbor, boats passing in and out, along with a lively atmosphere. 

The boardwalk offers many entertainment opportunities, such as events, seafood tasting, and shopping. 

#4 Delray Beach

Places like Destin are more for the big city goers. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, Delray Beach is your spot. The main attraction is the Delray Municipal Beach, where visitors enjoy paddleboarding and snorkeling. You can also check out Atlantic Dunes Park for a quieter setting.

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While Delray Beach is considered a small town, it carries the vibes and energy of a big city.  

Some places you don’t want to pass up include Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, and the Saltwater Brewery.

The brewery is run by locals who use only natural ingredients when making their specialized beer. In addition to promoting a crisp and cool beer, they are using the brewery to promote education on ocean conservation. 

#3 Marco Island

People often gravitate to this island for two main reasons. Some people come to enjoy the upscale resorts and condos. Others come to enjoy the preserved wildlife.  

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The beautiful beach stretches quite a ways along the shore in Marco Island, Florida

On beaches such as Tigertail Beach, visitors can find an assortment of colorful seashells. It is also the best place for bird watching, kayaking, and canoeing. 

But what is most interesting about this island which is 20 miles south of Naples, Florida, is the history the island holds. 

Below the surface of the land, some of the most important archeological discoveries were made. Researchers have found artifacts from the Calusa Indians and the one-of-a-kind Key Marco Cat sculpture.

It is a place of modern attractions that tells an ancient story. 

#2 Santa Rosa Beach

If you’re looking for a less populated yet still photo-worthy beach, head to the northwest coast of Florida. There you will find Santa Rosa Beach. 

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Known for its delicate white sand beaches and emerald green waters, Santa Rosa Beach is nothing short of a paradise. 

Here you can have the ultimate beach day by sunbathing, swimming, body surfing, and exploring sand dunes. 

#1 Siesta Key

And the number one spot for the most beautiful beach goes to Siesta Key. 

Part of the appeal of this top-ranked beach is the smooth white quartz sand, along with crystal-clear water. 

Siesta Key

Yet, besides the pristine landscape, visitors frequent this island because it has a little something for everyone. Whether traveling solo, with friends and family, or with your significant other, Siesta Key will make for a perfect end-of-summer trip. 

Walkway to the white sand beach and lifeguard station at Siesta Key Beach near Sarasota, Florida

The beach takes into consideration accessibility by providing beach wheelchairs. While visiting, you can play volleyball on the beach, join the Sunday evening drum circle or enjoy shopping. There is always something to do at Siesta Key. 

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