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Top 5 Gulf Beaches for Families - Ranked!

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As a 10+ year resident here on the Gulf Coast, I'm so grateful to be able to bring this list to you. Beach days with the family will forever be some of the most cherished times of my life. It is my hope that you & your family will experience the same!


Here are the top 5 beaches & reasons why they are perfect for the whole fam...


1. Siesta Key Beach

Location: Siesta Key, FL

- Powdery White Sand: The sand here is like walking on cool, soft clouds. Perfect for the kiddos to build sandcastles all day long.

- Shallow Waters: Easy, gradual entry into the Gulf—ideal for the little ones to splash around safely.

- Amenities Galore: You’ve got everything you need: restrooms, picnic spots, playgrounds, and lifeguards on duty.

- Family Fun Events: From sandcastle contests to outdoor concerts, there’s always something fun for the whole family.


2. Lido Key Beach

Location: Sarasota, FL

- Calm Waters: Gentle waves and shallow waters make it perfect for swimming and playing.

- Picnic Perfect: Plenty of picnic tables and shelters—great for those family beach BBQs.

- Close to St. Armands Circle: Just a short hop to cool shops, ice cream parlors, and kid-friendly eateries.

- Wildlife Watching: Keep an eye out for dolphins and a variety of birds; it’s a real treat for the kids.


3. Anna Maria Island

Location: Anna Maria Island, FL

- Wide, Open Beaches: Tons of space for beach games, sandcastle building, and just hanging out.

- Chill Vibes: The island has a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

- Free Trolley: Hop on the free trolley to explore the island easily with the kiddos.

- Nature Trails: Check out spots like Coquina Baywalk for a fun nature adventure with the family.


4. Fort De Soto Park

Location: Tierra Verde, FL

- Multiple Beaches: You’ve got options here, including a dog-friendly beach if you’re bringing the furry family members.

- Historic Fort: Explore the old fort for a bit of history and adventure.

- Playgrounds: Lots of playgrounds and picnic areas for endless fun.

- Water Adventures: Try kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding in the calm waters—great for all ages.


5. Clearwater Beach

Location: Clearwater, FL

- Vibrant Scene: There’s always something happening here. Check out Pier 60 for nightly sunset celebrations with street performers and fun activities.

- Soft, White Sand: Beautiful sand that’s perfect for making the best sandcastles.

- Shallow, Clear Waters: Safe and gentle waves make it great for swimming with the kids.

- Top-Notch Amenities: Tons of restrooms, showers, cabanas, and nearby dining options.

- Marine Life Fun: Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to learn about marine life and see some amazing rescued dolphins.


These beaches offer a mix of fun, safety, and relaxation, making them perfect spots for unforgettable family beach days!


As always, if I can help or be of service in anyway, feel free to call or text me at 727-401-5324.

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