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Best beaches in Florida

South Beach is one of the most famous spots in Florida.

South Beach is one of the most famous spots in Florida.

Thinking about calling your moving company and scheduling a relocation to Florida may have you thinking a lot about the beaches. The Sunshine State has no shortage of options, whether it be on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts. With so many options, it can be hard to select which ones you should visit first. Luckily, there are some areas that stick out more than others, so getting started on these beaches may be a great way to acclimate yourself to your new life in the Southeast.

Caladesi Island State Park
If you are heading to the Tampa area, then it may be necessary to check out Caladesi Island State Park. There lies Clearwater Beach, which is a part of the more than three-mile long island area, according to Frommer's. This can be great for swimming on the Gulf coast, or just improving your tan. When looking for a little bit of recreational sightseeing, you may benefit from checking out the park, which has a wide array of local wildlife.

Naples
Heading south on the Gulf side will bring you to Naples. The coastal city has an extensive beach area, which may be an attractive choice if you haven't tried it yet. The coastline continues along the city, where many beaches converge, and any of these could be a good idea. According to the Travel Channel, there is a solid choice in the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. The beach at 12th Avenue South is also one of the more popular options in the city. Whichever option in the city that seems like a good fit, be sure to check out the many amenities around the beaches. There are food options all over most of the beach areas in the city.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
The panhandle has no shortage of beaches, and some of the most beautiful options come from this area. One spot you may want to put on your list is located in Pensacola. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is quite large, as it actually spans a more than four-hour drive across the panhandle. According to Frommer's, these beaches are covered in local wildlife, with many different types of birds calling the trees home. This includes plovers, skimmers and terns. This area is considered by many to be one of the best spots in the country to check out the shoreline.

Atlantic Beach
While the Gulf Coast is a popular and beautiful beach area, there are plenty of things to do on the Atlantic side. One of these great areas is located near Jacksonville. Atlantic Beach may be what you need, as it is a popular spot for those commuting from the city, according to the Travel Channel. This area isn't just known for its great beach life. It also is the home of the Beaches Museum and History Center, as well as an area with great night life and other attractions.

Lummus Park Beach
The name may not seem notable at first, but this location may be the most popular beach in the entire state. Lummus Park Beach is known to many from outside of the area as South Beach, and is a hot spot for those visiting or living in Miami. The area is quite vast and is split into multiple different sections. According to the Travel Chanel's, this location is a staple for partying, and many people hang out here during the day before heading into Miami and partying for the night. It is also a great place to hang around as the sun sets, with the lights from Miami buildings being easily visible.