In USA Florida, as one travels towards the south, the heat increases and the water remains warm even in winters, making Florida’s beaches the best destination for travelers running away from cold and snow. The heat is so bad that it has been seen that elder Floridians resort to earmuffs even if temperatures fall at an otherwise pleasant 70 F. But it is not that the ocean temperatures don’t drop here in winters, it is just that it never gets too chilly, it remains refreshing as compared to other US locations. It is not always guaranteed that warm temperatures would be observed at the end of December, however, it is usually between 50 to 80 degrees.So do swim, but in case water is cold, don’t plan long swims!
While the east coast beaches are sandy, west coast beaches have beautiful white sand, and as compared to east coast beaches, they have clearer water. Snorkeling is possible only in the former because of waves, but the latter offer colorful sea life, and water there is clear with shades of green and blue because there are no waves – actually, there are but they are absorbed by the coral reefs.
It is usually said that Key West waters are very swimmable as compared to the Jacksonville waters. Decide for yourself by visiting these beaches. Since these beaches are not easily reachable by public transport, it is better to visit them in a rental car.
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR
It is one of the best beaches in Key West – it is spread over an area of about an 87 acre which is officially a state park,and is quite famous for its mind-blowing sunset views. Besides swim opportunities, gorgeous views and sunsets, the park also has a pre-Civil War Fort. There are admission charges; numerous facilities available. For those who are driving their personal or rental cars, they can enter the park through Truman Annex at Southard Street.
Not only travelers, South beach is also local’s favorite, and why not, it is a great sandy beach and is has shallow waters which also makes it safe for children to swim. It also has a concrete pier, however you won’t be able to find any restrooms or facilities, because there are none. For visitors who are driving here, they can note that the beach sits at the end of Duval Street on the Atlantic Ocean.
Though a bit rough around the edges, it is a great place to visit, especially if you are visiting with a dog; it is a canine-friendly beach. Better bring your own stuff and food, for there are no ‘available’ facilities. Located next to Louie’s Backyard (Vernon and Waddell)
It is basically a group of communities which are referred to as Jacksonville beaches. Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach are the names of the communities. Beach Boulevard (US 90) connects it to the southern region of Jacksonville, and the downtown area located on its west.
It is one of the beaches which is part of Jacksonville Beach. It is known for its splendid sunsets, Beaches Town Center, and the Jaguar statue that braces this center.
It is a village on the Long Beach Barrier Island, the one it shares with Long Beach. Since the population spikes by thousands in summers as people lock the beaches, visiting in december will not be that overwhelming.
Note: Another good thing about Jacksonville is the village of Mayport, which is a big must-not-miss when it comes to seafood! Also it has a great history which history lovers might want to explore. Water sports, and activities – nightlife as well as family-related – make Jacksonville and its beaches a must-visit florida beaches.
Gulf Coast Beaches
Some people who love scenic beauty prefer the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast, especially the Siesta Key beach. About an hour south of Tampa, it easily combines with a trip to Tampa and Busch Gardens (the best rides in FL are here)
Siesta Key, Florida
Siesta Key beaches includes Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach & Siesta Beach,.
West Ship Island, Mississippi
It is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore
South Padre Island, Texas
It is a resort town popular for its many water sport activities.