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Get Your Dose of Vitamin Sea With These Florida Beach Vacations

Hilton Grand Vacations rounds up our top 6 family beach vacations

The Vacationeer
Family watching sunset on Florida Beach

Florida is home to beaches that satisfy any taste. From powdery white sand to seashell covered coastlines, with Hilton Grand Vacations you can experience them all. With multiple beachfront properties, we know a thing or two about making family beach vacations memorable. Keeping reading because we’re sharing our top six Florida beach vacations.  

Amelia Island

If you're in search of a relaxing beach destination with old-world charm, consider vacationing on Amelia Island. Situated about 30 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island features 13 miles of beaches, including Amelia Island State Park. Ride horses on the beach, or enjoy an afternoon at Main Beach Park, where you'll find a playground, picnic tables and volleyball courts. When you need some adult time, play a round of golf on one of the island's championship courses or enjoy a stroll beneath the Spanish moss-draped oak trees. While you're here, make sure you check out these family-friendly attractions: 

  • Fernandina Beach offers free parking and soft sand for playing. 
  • Get up close and personal with dolphins and manatees at Windward Sailing School. 
  • Take a river cruise to admire wild horses and undeveloped beaches, or opt for hands on fun and sign up for shrimping.

Where to Stay: Home2Suites by Hilton Fernandina Beach Amelia Island

St. Augustine Beach 

No matter where you go in St. Augustine, odds are you'll stand face to face with American history. Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, this city in northeastern Florida is filled with narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Situated 5 miles southeast of St. Augustine's historic district, St. Augustine Beach features roughly two miles of white sand and clear water. Its kid-friendly splash pad, and historically small waves, make this beach a top choice for families. If you find yourself visiting on windier days, take advantage. The waves will be ideal for surfing and bodyboarding. When you aren't relaxing on the beach, be sure to: 

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

Cocoa Beach 

Cocoa Beach's proximity to Orlando and surfable waves make it a popular beach retreat for families. While visiting the Space Coast, be sure to relax along the stretch of sand by the Cocoa Beach Pier. Visitors can catch a wave or, if timed right, watch the pros compete in surf competitions. For a keepsake, stop by Cocoa Beach's Ron Jon Surf Shop, the world's largest surf shop.

Where to Stay: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Fort Myers Beach 

This gulf-side beach vacation destination is arguable one of the best family beach vacations in Florida. Families visiting Fort Myers can enjoy sugar-white sand between their toes on family walks and collecting seashells. In Fort Myers, families can find entertaining attractions and historical sites such like the Edison & Ford Winter Estates & Botanical Gardens. Be sure to spend a day or two relaxing along Lovers' Key State Recreation Area, where your family can hunt for seashells and watch for wildlife. You can also: 

Where to Stay: Seawatch-on-the-Beach Resort

Sanibel and Captiva Islands 

Just an hour from Fort Myers, sister islands Sanibel and Captiva are great options for a low-key family beach vacation. Peddle your way around on bike-friendly trails, streets without stoplights (or chain stores) and one of the best shelling beaches in the country. Enjoy time as a family searching for sand dollars and conch shells before having a picnic near the historic lighthouse, dating back to 1884. Bicycle lovers, will be in heaven as they hop aboard two wheels and explore the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge — a 5,000-acre wetland and bicycle trail dream. Then give a few of our favorite things to do a try: 

  • Step your feet waist-deep in the water and dig your feet into the sand to find shells at Bowman's Beach. 
  • Enjoy a family dinner at sunset and explore the gift shops on Captiva. 
  • Spend an evening out as a family at the Schoolhouse Theater — a historic Sanibel landmark that began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1896. 

Where to Stay: Casa Ybel Resort 

Marco Island

The biggest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is a favorite due to its canal-lined streets and crescent-shaped beach facing the Gulf of Mexico. The white-sand beaches of Marco Island provide tidal pool exploration, shelling and breath-taking sunsets. Tiger Tail Beach Park is a great family beach, complete with a playground, picnic facilities and calm waters for paddle boarding. Here are a few more ideas on how to spend your time on the Island: 

Where to Stay: Eagle's Nest Beach Resort 

Continue reading 5 Fun Things to Do in Central Florida for more ideas beyond the theme parks. 


The Vacationeer

The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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