Florida is filled with beachside towns worthy of visiting, but do not make the mistake of thinking they are interchangeable. Indeed, they have their own individual flavors and boast attractions that make each of them stand out from the town down the shore.
Bradenton, located on Florida’s Gulf side, offers an artistic oasis with a creative vibe streaming through the Riverwalk and Village of the Arts areas. Visitors can be inspired with exhibits at the many museums or peruse works from the numerous local artists. Afterwards, reenergize with local products, artisan goods, and live music at the vibrant Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market. Rather be in the water than painting it? Book a trip to New Smyrna Beach, an Atlantic Coast town that boasts one of the top surf beaches worldwide.
For a trip with a historical air, set your sights on Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. As the only municipality throughout the U.S. to have been governed by eight different nations -- thus, its nickname as “Isle of 8 Flags” -- the heritage is rich in this pristine coastal city. For a family friendly getaway, reserve your stay in Destin. This Emerald Coast town offers sugar fine sand, clear and sparkling waters, and outdoor adventure for every member of your family both at the shore and inland.
Check out the following infographic to learn more about potential locations for your Florida getaway.