Daytona Beach City Guide

Daytona Beach is known for its racing roots and 23-miles of white sand. Here are some tips for where to go, stay and eat in this Florida beach town.

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Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

Enjoy 3 miles of undeveloped beach with your significant other on Caladesi Island State Park, which is easily accessible from St. Petersburg. Hotels and resorts closest to the island are minutes away, in Dunedin, FL. 960 1280

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Destin

Destin

What better way to start your life together than on the beautiful sugar-white beaches of Destin, FL, at Sandestin Beach Golf Resort, northwest Florida’s premier hotel. The hotel recently made National Geographic Traveler's "10 Best Fall Trips." 960 1280

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Little Torch Key

Little Torch Key

Welcome to tropical paradise on Little Torch Key. The Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a wonderful oasis for a honeymoon. Picture this: Air-conditioned, thatched roof bungalow suites, with custom-made beds topped by plush mosquito netting. White paths of crushed seashells weave through 6 acres of tropical flowers, palm trees and sandy beaches. 960 1280

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Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach

Just outside of Panama City, the WaterColor Inn and Resort on Santa Rosa Beach is considered one of the best honeymoon locations in Florida. 960 1280

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Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island

Minutes north of Caladesi Island is Honeymoon Island, known for its turquoise waters and white sand beach. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

The beautiful islands and beaches of the Florida Keys can leave anyone speechless. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Many consider Siesta Key the Sunshine State's most romantic getaway, according to Southern Living magazine. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

While visiting The Tides, you can feel world's away from the busy nightlife of South Beach, or right in the middle of it. Your choice. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

If kicking back and enjoying one another isn't enough, the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, FL, is a beautiful complement. Enjoy the relaxing sands in the morning, greens the rest of the afternoon, and an intimate dinner for 2 in the evening. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island Beach

Sanibel Island Beach

Located on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast, the beautiful Sanibel Island Beach is a favorite destination among honeymooners for its honeymoon cottages and memorable sunsets, some of the most romantic along the Florida Gulf Coast. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Captiva Island, the sister island to Sanibel, offers a luxurious honeymoon escape. South Seas Island Resort's secluded honeymoon getaways and private villas are a must. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

One of America’s finest white-sand beaches, Clearwater Beach spans a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast. Clearwater’s proximity to Tampa offers visitors ample activities to enjoy, including beach volleyball, parasailing, a dolphin-watching cruise and a fun fishing excursion. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Piers are a Florida shore staple, and Clearwater Beach is no different. Walk to the end of the famed Pier 60 to take in one of the state’s many beautiful sunsets, whether it’s the one in the sky or the daily festival of the same name, which is held 365 days a year. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

Known as one of the best shelling locations thanks to the abundant seashells that wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island attracts collectors from all over the world. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

With a small population of locals, along with breathtaking, clear-blue waters and immaculate white-sand beaches, Sanibel Island offers a fun and relaxing vacation for families and couples alike. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

The easternmost town in all of Florida, Palm Beach is lined with its namesake majestic trees and loaded with beautiful beachfront properties, high-end hotels and sprawling resorts. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

This 16-mile-long, half-mile-wide island is the epitome of wealth and extravagance. In times past, it served as the winter home to the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and other millionaires. True to form, the town still features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as beautiful beaches. Perched next to the Gulf Stream, this beach town also enjoys the extra benefit of warm blue water and gentle breezes. 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

The beaches in Key West are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and fishing is allowed off the piers at most beaches. Enjoy these activities at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Florida’s southernmost state park -- and one of its most beautiful spots -- that’s home to wide stretches of sand and tranquil waters. We recommend renting a 2-person, glass-bottom kayak if you’re looking for a fun but romantic escape. 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

A beach lover’s heaven, Key West is one of the most enchanting of the 1,700 islands that make up the Florida Keys. It’s also the southernmost city in the continental US. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just a short distance from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key is as laid-back and enjoyable as any beach you’ll find in Florida. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Spend the perfect family vacation in Siesta Key, a barrier island off Florida’s central western coast that boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds. Go shell collecting, kayaking or hop on a catamaran for more active pursuits. For adults who want a more low-key experience, spend a candlelit dinner at a restaurant or rent a cozy cottage for a romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Located in southern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples offers phenomenal fishing experiences along the pier, top-notch outdoor restaurants and fun — but difficult — golf courses. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Watch the rolling waves and gaze at the mansions that line some of Naples’ most popular beaches along 12th Avenue South. For a family looking to camp out on the beach for the day, we recommend heading a few miles north of Old Naples to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Food stands and on-site rentals for umbrellas, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available nearby. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Just north of its aforementioned sister island, Sanibel, Captiva Island is a tropical paradise right here in the United States. It offers some of the best fishing and boating in Florida. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

The blue waters and white-sand beaches of Captiva Island stretch into the horizon. So we recommend watching a spectacular sunset at the end of Captiva Drive. But before the sun sets, go boating down the waterways of the island to see local wildlife, including dolphins, crocodiles, blue herons and many different species of colorful birds. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take a dip in the crystal-blue waters of Miami’s South Beach, an international playground that offers non-stop nightlife, high-end shopping, luxurious boutique hotels and unique Art Deco architecture. This man-made beach is perfect for early morning runs and topless sunbathing. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take in a beautiful sunrise accompanied by blue skies and colorful clouds as you walk along one of the world’s most renowned beaches. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Each year, nearly 1 million people visit family-friendly Delray Beach to enjoy the 2-mile-long beach that’s ideal for fun beach activities, including sandcastle-building. Take a break from the beach and hit nearby Atlantic Avenue, lined with boutiques, seafood restaurants and the luxurious Seagate Hotel and Spa. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

From sailing and surfing to snorkeling and paddleboarding, water-sport lovers are in for a treat when visiting Delray. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

One of the most northern spots on our list, Atlantic Beach offers sand as soft and white as sugar and beautiful azure waters reminiscent of a cloudless sky. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

Only a short drive from Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach exudes small-town charm, especially at the Beach Town Center, where the pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants, galleries and boutiques. 960 1280

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Marathon Beach

Marathon Beach

Spend the day on the 10-mile-long, family-friendly island of Marathon, Florida. Beachgoers have a choice of Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach -- which is more of a natural beach area with an adjacent wetland area. Both beaches are popular spots for turtle nesting. 960 1280

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Take a dive and explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in Key Largo. It’s the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef with more than 6,000 species of marine life -- the perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling and fishing. And in case you didn’t know, the sanctuary also protects pieces of our nation’s history such as shipwrecks and other archeological treasures in the area. There are an estimated 1,000 shipwrecks off the Florida Keys. 960 1280

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Biking on Duval Street

Biking on Duval Street

Hop on a bike and go shopping along Duval Street in Key West. The famous street -- which runs north and south from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean -- has many famous restaurants and bars, including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. On certain nights the fun doesn’t stop on this popular street until the wee hours of the morning. Duval Street is a popular pub crawl spot. 960 1280

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Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

The beach at Fort Taylor is the best in Key West. During the high season, enjoy a relaxing session of Yoga on the Beach. Tourists can also take a tour of Fort Zachary Taylor. It was built in the mid-1800s, and it played an important role in the US Civil War and the Spanish-America War. Aside from a guided tour, visitors to the state park can bike, fish, hike picnic and snorkel to pass the time. 960 1280

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SpaTerre at Ocean Key Resort

SpaTerre at Ocean Key Resort

Enjoy the soaking tub ritual bath at SpaTerre at Ocean Key Resort in Key West. The well-renowned spa offers a variety of services, including a key lime margarita pedicure, volcanic earth clay ritual, morning dew facial, sacred stone massage and a milk and honey body wrap. 960 1280

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Hogfish Bar & Grill

Hogfish Bar & Grill

Head to Hogfish Bar & Grill to enjoy fresh seafood, panoramic waterfront views and outdoor dining. Located in Safe Harbor, Stock Island, this popular spot for locals has several menu favorites, including the World Famous Killer Hogfish Sandwich, Baja Fish Tacos and the Lobster BLT. There’s live music on the weekends and happy hour specials during the week. 960 1280

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Kayaking

Kayaking

Looking for some outdoor fun? Lazy Dog Kayak, Key West Extreme Adventures, Blue Planet Kayak and Clear Kayak Adventures are just a few tour companies where tourists can rent kayaks or take an eco-tour of some of the most beautiful waterways in the Keys. 960 1280

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Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach

Go windsurfing on Smathers Beach, Key West’s largest public beach. The half-mile-long beach is located on the south side of the island off of South Roosevelt Boulevard. There are restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets and watersports rentals for jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. 960 1280

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Christ of the Deep

Christ of the Deep

The Christ of the Deep statue is one of the many things adventurers will see when diving into Key Largo Dry Rocks, a fairly shallow site that givers tourists a close view of the marine life. The statue is 1 of 3 statues made by Italian sculptor Guido Galletti. It was donated to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park in 1966. 960 1280

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Sloppy Joe's Bar

Sloppy Joe's Bar

Aside from a bicycle, a moped is another form of popular transportation in the Keys. So why not make a pit stop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, located at the corner of Greene and Duval Streets since 1937. This popular restaurant and bar has live entertainment that begins at noon, and it’s just one of many restaurants that really come to life after dark. The band usually rocks until 2am, and the tables are cleared to make room for patrons to dance until 4 in the morning. 960 1280

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El Siboney Restaurant

El Siboney Restaurant

Some of the best Cuban food can be found at El Siboney, located in the heart of Key West’s Old Town. The family-friendly restaurant offers the best in authentic Cuban dishes, including popular menu items like the Cuban Mix Sandwich, Paella Valenciana, Siboney Steak and the Roast Pork -- with plantains, black beans and rice (pictured). 960 1280

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