Best Vacation Spots in Florida

A vacation to Florida is always a great choice for a getaway with your family. Lots of families have done the Disney World trip and it is after-all the most magical place on Earth. If you are wanting to explore more of the sunshine state, then check out of the list of the best vacation spots in Florida.

We have picked a few spots that you and your family are sure to love!

Best Vacation Spots in Florida

Best Vacation Spots in Florida:


Marco Island:

Some friends of ours got married in Marco Island several years ago, and before their wedding, I had never heard of the spot before. It is a quiet little town with a big personality. High-quality hotels like the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa just to name a few choices. When your kids need a change of pace from the beach, why not take a dolphin cruise at The Dolphin Explorer?

Something to keep in mind about a visit to Marco Island is that because it is a quiet town, there isn’t an over abundance of touristy things to do. If your kids are water lovers they will be just fine.

Cocoa Beach Pier - Best Vacation Spots in Florida

Cocoa Beach:

This spot in the sunshine state has a lot more for your family to get into, beyond just the beach! The hotel variety ranges from Hampton Inn to a Four Points by Sheraton and everything in between.  If you have a space lover in your family you should consider visiting Kennedy Space Center, our whole family LOVED it! If you are up for a little friendly family competition then the Andretti Thrill Park is a great choice! The Cocoa Beach Pier is also a great place to hang out as a family!

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte:

Is located along the Florida Gulf coast and is a great place for a quiet getaway with the family. There are several different hotels to choose from like the Country Inn and Suites and Days Inn. Hop aboard a boat from the Peace River Boat Tour company and take in the area sites.

Like Marco Island, this area is also a quiet area so it might be better for older kids.

Navarre Beach

On a trip to Navarre Beach, you won’t find an over abundance of shops selling beach towels and hermit crabs, actually, you won’t find any in Navarre. What you will find is pure beach, with unobstructed views of the blue water. Grab a few girlfriends and head South to get away from screaming kids and piles of bills. You can read about our time in Navarre, here.

St Augustine

St. Augustine:

We have written about it before, but what can we say? We love this town! Check our post about it here.  St. Augustine has gorgeous beaches, tons of Spanish/American history, and amazing local restaurants.



DisneyYes, Disney and Universal Studios are in Orlando, but so are some other pretty awesome destinations as well. Legoland is about 45 minutes outside of Orlando and is a whole amusement park and just this year they added a resort! Seaworld is also another great stop for your family. Discovery Cove has been on our bucket list for years, if you haven’t heard about it chances are you will add it soon. You get to get up close and personal with the dolphins! Just be sure to make your reservations early! There are many hotels and condo rentals in the area that you can choose from.

Clearwater/St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg/Clearwater is the only destination in America with two beaches in the Top 10 of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards of the Top U.S. Beaches, which is based on millions of traveler reviews. If you want activities, resorts and colorful drinks with tiny umbrellas in them, Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach have you covered.

Sea GroveSea Grove Beach

My sister and her family rave about Sea Grove. Seagrove is a mile-and-a-half beach that encircles a small cove and lures visitors with its beauty and serenity. Named for the thick grove of windswept trees that surround it, Seagrove still maintains the same green canopy of oaks, magnolias, hickories and sand pines that came to define it a half a century ago.

Crystal River

We recently visited the little town of Crystal River, the town might be small but there are tons of things to do, and it is the perfect spot for families! Not to mention that it is the manatee capital of the world. You can read about our time in Crystal River here.

The winners in the ‘Best Florida Beach’ contest category for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice are as follows:

1. Gulf Islands National Seashore – Pensacola
2. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater
3. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key
4. Playalinda – Titusville
5. Pass-a-Grille Beach – St. Petersburg
6. Caladesi Island State Park – Dunedin
7. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – Port St. Joe
8. Fort de Soto Park – Tierra Verde
9. Henderson Beach State Park – Destin
10.Lovers Key State Park – Ft. Myers


Best Vacation Spots in Florida

One Comment

  • C. Lee

    July 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    This is a great list but you forgot to come visit me! We’re right outside of Tampa and while you’re here, be sure to check out Busch Gardens and MOSI.


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