Florida has more than 800 beaches.
Most of them are crowded, some are less crowded. Even the crowded beaches are great walking spots; you only have to choose a day when the beach has less people.
Below are some of the top beaches for fitness walkers.
1. Key Biscayne
This is a good beach if you need to walk along a quiet beach. You can walk along the palm tree lined streets and while at it visit some of the galleries along the beach. You can also walk along the 2-mile long Crandon park beach as you watch the turtle eggs hatch. Besides, there are many more activities to engage in after the walk.
Sarasota Siesta beach is a great spot when you need to relax but it is also great when you need to walk. While the beach is crowded on weekends, it is a great beach for walking on weekdays. You can walk along the Siesta Key Crystal classic or walk to the Ringling Museum of Art.
3. Mexico Beach
Mexico Beach is just 20 minutes from Panama Beach. There are no fancy resorts or anything that will distract you from your walk; the beach is just miles and miles of beach sand. You can walk from one end of the beach to the next as you walk the many species of birds that flock the area.
4. Naples Beach
While this beach is known for its gold courses and high end shopping, it can also be a good spot for walking on weekdays. You can walk through the lush mangrove to the Clam Pass Park or take a stroll to the Naples Pier which has been standing since 1888. As you walk, you get to watch playing dolphins.
5. Cedar Key
Cedar Keys is made of great looking islands 3 miles off the Florida coast. It is a good walking spot for those who enjoy charming uninhabited beaches. Located on Way Key is Cedar Key town where artists reign. If you are a lover of art, you can walk along the streets of the town. As you walk, you can see white pelicans, bald eagles and other species of birds.
St. Petersburg Beach almost never rains. The town once stayed for a record 768 days without rain. A fitness walker can visit different sceneries along the beach including Fort De Soto Park, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and South Florida Museum among others. Once you have visited the sceneries along the beach and you still need to walk more, visit the market.
7. Destin Beach
This beach is located in Emerald Coast, Northwest Florida. The beach is considered to have some of the best white sands with bright green waters. When walking, take a stroll to the Big Kahunas Water and Adventure Park or walk along the beach from end to end as you watch the dolphins play.
This beach has long golden beaches that are great for all fitness walkers. You can walk along the beach or visit Edison and Ford Winter Estates. You can also walk along the Babcock Ranch or the Telegraph Cypress Swamp as you look for panthers and alligators.
This is a great beach for family vacations but it has cool beaches where you can walk. You can walk along the beach as Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey once did. There are so many activities you can engage and when you are tired of walking, you can rest on the white beaches.
Jacksonville is one of the natural beaches in Florida. It is also a cultural and business center making it a busy beach. The reason why this is a great beach for fitness walkers is that it has 22 miles of sandy beaches that are, on most days, never crowded. You can also hike through the 46,000 acres of coastal wetlands, and salt marshes.
11. Sanibel Island
This is a small haven just a short drive from Fort Myers. It has 15 miles of breathtaking walkable beaches. You might find yourself alone in the beach and sometimes other families will be there. As you walk along the beach, collect shells like everyone else who goes to Sanibel beach. You also get to watch the more than 230 species of birds that inhabit the area.
12. Miami Beach
Miami Beach is not only popular but also spectacular. If you love walking at night, this beach is the center of the nightlife in the island. There are many places to visit and many animals to see as you walk along the beach.
13. Fort Lauderdale
This is a famous tourist beach just 23miles North of Miami. While Fort Lauderdale has a small population, up to 12 million tourists visit there every year. The beaches are lined with palm trees to protect you from the hot sun as you walk. When there, walk along the beachfront promenade.
14. Key West
Key West offers a good blend of history, beauty, good climate, culture and beautiful beaches where you can walk. The beaches are lined with palm trees and the streets with great gingerbread mansions and tin roofed houses. Walk along the beaches and by sunset be at the Mallory Square to see the beautiful sunset.
15. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach is exactly what you would imagine a beach in Florida to be; full of life during the day and night. This makes it a great walking destination. There are always festivals every other night if you need to walk at night. You can walk along the lively Pier 60 and the Clearwater Marina.
16. Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach is white, wide, long and not crowded. You can stroll along the whole beach collecting shells. There are good sceneries to keep you motivated during your walk and shops when you need refreshments.
17. St. Augustine
St. Augustine is an old beach with a young spirit. It has old cobblestoned streets with all sorts of businesses lining them. When you are walking, explore the Alligator Farm and go to the Pirate Museum. You can also take a stroll in the Castillo de San Marcos where you can see ancient soldiers in original canons.
18. Jupiter Island
Jupiter Island is beautiful with miles of sand beaches to walk on and relax. You can walk in The Dubois Park along the 1200 feet of palm lined paradise or take a stroll in the Ocean Park along the picnic pavilions and playgrounds.
Though this is a small island, only 7 miles of sandy beach, it is full of nature trails that allow you to walk around the whole island on foot. The island has spectacular sunsets and is a regular hiding spot for celebrities.
20. Marco Island
This is one of the most developed islands in Florida. Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades and Naples, this beach offers luxury. You can go visit Briggs and walk along the half-mile long boardwalk. At night, you can take strolls along the beach and watch fire dancers.
21. Delray Beach
Delray is a small beachfront town that boasts a horde of art galleries (more than 20 galleries). You can walk from one gallery to the next as you watch artists do their thing. This island shows the best of nature where you can stroll along the beaches and walking trails. Walk along the beaches and visit the Sandoway House Nature Center.
22. Hollywood Beach
Hollywood Beach is quiet; it is a beach between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It has a colorful oceanfront promenade along which you can walk. You can also walk along the popular road, the Beach Boardwalk which is 2.5 miles. There are two beach parks on each side of the road where you can walk and enjoy cool weather.
23. Amelia Island
If you love walking in Secluded Beaches, this might a good choice for you. Amelia beach is old and popular; it was discovered thousands of years ago and many communities fought over it. Due to its natural outlook, the beach is a great spot for fitness walkers. You can walk along the 13 miles of spectacular beaches. You can explore the maritime forests, and the island marshes. When you are tired of walking, enjoy the nature parks and the many interesting activities.
24. Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is a cocktail of activities during the day and at night. The beach is great for fitness walkers thanks to its fine sandy beaches and its appealing sunsets. You can walk along the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier or walk along the beach as you turtles eggs hatch. While there, you can collect shells and maybe even collected shells as a way of tracking your milestones.
There are many more beaches in Florida. If there is a beach near your neighborhood, go there. If you have to travel to a beach, take your time and choose a great one.