You’d think they’ve seen it all while visiting Florida’s epicentres and party beaches. The truth is, the concentration and variety of these small beach towns showcases the authentic Florida vibe.
Located off the west coast of Florida, Captiva Island is a cute little sister to Sanibel Island, known for its starfish- and shell-strewn shores, the RC Otters grouper sandwiches tasted at the outside under the shaded umbrella, as well as the South Seas Island Resort spread over 300 acres. There, one can relax in peace on one of the private beaches, sightsee and photograph around the picturesque marina, enjoy a nine-hole golf course or exploit the three outdoor swimming pools with slides. The more down-to-earth Keylime Bistro at the Captiva Island Inn serves crab cake Benedict and key lime pie, while the Bubble Room, which features 1930s and 1940s toys, has a shrimp menu. from the Gulf, sticky buns and a crunchy orange cake. The Jungle Drums Gallery garden with a giant crouching frog and a giant chair begging you to sit offers only a glimpse of the island that seems to be strewn with pixie dust. It induces a feeling of magic unequaled elsewhere in the region, bewitching all who dare to set foot there.
Halfway to the “keys”, Islamorada is a quaint village community that spans six Florida Keys islands. Known as a getaway to relax and capture the moment, it’s also a destination for fine coastal living, where coral reefs, fabulous beaches and the Keys’ innate natural beauty make you want to Carp all diem of their life. A downtown full of charming buildings and beautiful sights and the perfect weather to enjoy exploring, the addiction is real, with plenty of occasions. There are quaint restaurants to enjoy unforgettable evenings, atmospheric cafes for an afternoon coffee, and several breweries to explore. Florida Keys Brewing Co. and Islamorada Beer Company offer an impressive selection of local craft beers, while Lazy Days Restaurant and Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar offer stunning water views, fruity cocktails, live music and entertainment. fish tacos. When not sitting at one of the establishments, one can try backcountry sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling around the reefs , and relax on the beach to the quiet sound of the waves.
Jensen Beach is an unassuming and relaxing coastal town nestled between the Atlantic and the Indian River Lagoon on Hutchinson Island in Southeast Florida. It has been dubbed the “Pineapple Capital of the World” since 1895. More than a million boxes of thorny fruit were shipped off its coast in June and July each year. The town’s wide, golden-sand beaches are home to Caribbean-colored cottages with palisades. Art galleries, one-of-a-kind shops and quirky sidewalk cafes give Jensen Beach a well-rounded vibe, including must-sees, Restaurant at 11 Maple Street, located in an old house, serving innovative dishes. This is one of our favorite small towns in Florida near the beach. As a scenic paradise for nature lovers, there is the Indian River Lagoon, teeming with dolphins and manatees, while outdoor activities include surfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking and stand -up paddle board.
Perched on Florida’s southeast coast with the Loxahatchee River running through Jupiter, it’s a city of nearly 360-degree diverse water vistas and endless beach. The remarkable Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse from 1860 offers an uninterrupted panoramic view of itself, a marvelous historic structure. The vibrant, tropical downtown gives way to plenty of parks, beaches, and trails, such as the Jupiter Waterway Trail, featuring 40 miles of rivers, beaches, and coves for scenic exercise. One can also explore the mangroves along the river, kayak in Riverbend Park, horseback riding, and visit historic Indian landmarks in Jupiter.
With two scenic beach parks on either side, Key Biscayne is an island village known for the famous local historic landmark Cape Florida Lighthouse and a sophisticated downtown atmosphere, unusual for such a destination. Just off the coast of Miami, many make the trek for a day trip across the ocean to escape to the mighty city’s totally different atmosphere. After going through a development boom from the pavement in the mid-20th century, it has since hosted the likes of Richard Nixon, Cher and Brad Pitt. The luxurious island of Key Biscayne features golf courses and gourmet restaurants, while those looking for something more low-key will also find plenty of scenic attractions. Visit the 170-year-old Cape Florida Lighthouse and the Heritage Trail for mesmerizing views over the water with prehistoric fossil reefs. Crandon Park Beach offering calm waters is perfect for windsurfing, among other activities and relaxing options for some quiet Florida beach time.
Definitely a special small town in Northwest Florida at first glance, WaterColor’s beach setting is eerily juxtaposed by the fragrant breeze of its pine forest. The extra burst of freshness induces a unique sensation, while the scenery makes the eyes rejoice with pleasure. As its name suggests, the impossibly colorful town within is filled with nostalgia-tinged buildings, while palm trees and pebble paths scream a beach getaway of a lifetime. As if that weren’t enough, the adorable 499-acre WaterColor resort, nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and a rare coastal dune lake, is adorned with parks and gardens. It includes a boutique inn, boathouse, tennis, spa, shops, restaurants, fitness center and a private sandy beach with a campfire on Saturday evenings. There’s also Western Lake for a more secluded beach feel, kayaking and canoeing.
The seaside has a soothing vibe with its pastel-colored houses and soothing name. Seaside’s funky personality can be found in the eclectic local restaurants for a perfectly balanced lifestyle. The beach setting on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico calls with its spectacular views to explore the surrounding area. The friendly community calls for making frequent stops at the many quaint shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafes downtown while walking or biking through the bustling city. The bustling town is known for its New Urbanism position, with everything needed to live or vacation less than 10 minutes away. There’s the annual 30A Songwriters Festival with live music at the venues and along the scenic 30A Highway, while the center hosts a weekly market and outdoor concerts, among other events popular with tourists and residents.
Located on a barrier island in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s east coast, Vero Beach is the ultimate destination for natural beauty with gorgeous beaches, long coastlines, and incredible hiking and biking trails. The sprawling Mckee Botanical Garden is a scenic escape from the heat to stroll or relax with its tropical and native plants and streams with lilies. Vero Beach is also home to the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge, which cares for brown pelicans. Its historic Main Street, with a fabulous downtown area, is full of little cafes, restaurants and shops to explore, as well as places listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As Florida’s cultural and creative hub, there’s a weekly gallery and vintage market to browse and stock up on, while its art museum is one of the best-known in the area. Vero Beach is a truly uncrowded getaway with no buildings taller than four stories, a small-town vibe, and white-sand beaches with more birds than people. To top it all off, a quarter of the world’s population of sea turtles lay their eggs on the east coast of Florida, with Vero at the epicenter of wonderful wildlife viewing.
From traditional tropical getaway experiences to eclectic ones, these small beach towns have it all for an unmissable getaway to undiscovered parts of Florida. Each comes with its own unique flair and atmosphere, while the secluded setting will make you feel transported out of the country.