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Florida is well known for amazing beaches hugging its coastline, but finding the perfect family-friendly beaches can be tough. There are so many factors to consider, and searching online for a family-friendly Florida beach can be dautning. Not to worry, we’re here to help you find the perfect family-friendly beaches for your next family holiday. Here’s our Top 20 Picks for the Best Family-Friendly Florida Beaches.

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Top 20 List of Family-Friendly Beaches in Florida

  1. Daytona Beach
  2. Clearwater Beach
  3. Siesta Key Beach
  4. Deerfield Beach
  5. Cocoa Beach
  6. Panama City Beach
  7. St Augustine Beach
  8. Captiva Beach
  9. North Beach at Fort DeSoto Park
  10. Fort Myers Beach
  11. Jupiter Beach
  12. New Smyrna Town Beach
  13. Lighthouse Beach Park at Sanibel Island
  14. Fort Walton Beach
  15. Bradenton Beach
  16. Miramar Beach
  17. Pensacola Beach
  18. Jacksonville Beach
  19. Fernandina Beach
  20. Higgs Beach

Top 20 Florida Family-Friendly Beaches Map


Explore Florida’s Family-Friendly Beaches

Daytona Beach, Florida

Famous Daytona Beach Florida

With 23 miles of sand and surf located right next to many different dining and entertainment venues, Daytona Beach is the perfect getaway spot for families. From Boardwalk Amusements and Art Galleries to the world-renowned Daytona 500 Raceway, Daytona Beach is the perfect spot for a fun-filled family-friendly beach vacation. Teenagers will love this Florida Beach!

Places to stay in Daytona Beach can be found here.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Colorful Umbrellas on Family Friendly Clearwater Beach Florida

Voted the “Best Beach Town in Florida” in 2013 by USA Today readers, Clearwater Beach is well-maintained, with shallow water, making it perfect for young children. Plenty of outdoor activities and dining options that kids will love are available right on and by the beach. Tons of water activities are offered for children and adults on this popular Florida Beach.

Interested? Check out Florida Rental By Owners’ Clearwater Beach vacation rentals.

Siesta Key Beach – Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key Beach Sunset

Looking out to the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Beach has miles of perfect sand and clear water. repeatedly voted The Best Beach in America by multiple media outlets Siesta Key is a safe bet for families on the hunt for family-friendly beaches in Florida. Nearby Sarasota offers the Ringling Circus museum, zoos and botanical gardens for a bounty of things to do with kids. Find some perfect vacation rentals for Siesta Key here.

Deerield Beach, Florida

Deerfield Beach Pier in Florida

Searching for a less busy beach near Miami? Check out Deerfield Beach, a relaxed, safe beach that allows you to soak up the south-east coast without having to wrestle for a spot. Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale are only minutes away, giving you and your family plenty of things to do on your next vacation. Search for vacation rentals in Deerfield Beach here.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier Florida

Looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, Cocoa Beach is the perfect spot to relax after a busy trip to nearby Orlando theme parks. Located only a hour from Orlando and half an hour from the Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach is great for families interested in the wonders of space and theme parks. Surfers also love Cocoa Beach for great waves.

It’s a great place to visit at an affordable price. With a beautiful beach to top it all off, what’s not to love? Family-Friendly Beaches Vacation rentals in Cocoa Beach can be found on Florida Rental By Owners here.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach Pier and Condos

Located on the north-west coast on the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach offers 27 miles of glistening white sand and two beautiful national parks just waiting to be explored. Rent out a fishing boat and explore the coast, or take some time to shop at Pier Park, Panama City Beach has plenty of things for you and your family to do.

Boasting great resort-style condo-hotels it’s a great family-friendly beach option for smaller families looking for condo style amenities. A myriad of Panama City vacation rentals can be found here.

St. Augustine Beach, Florida

A glorious Sunrise at St. Augustine Beach, Florida

With wide sand that streches on for miles, St Augustine beach offers many outdoor amenities and parks that are perfect for an active family-friendly beach outing. The beach boasts a beachfront park with volleyball courts, playground and waterpark, along with many dining options on the boulevard.

St. Augustine is a perfect quiet getaway spot for you and your family at an affordable price. You can find St Augustine Vacation Rentals here.

Captiva Beach, Captiva Island, Florida

A deserted family friendly beach with turquoise water on Captiva Island, Florida

A quiet beach that runs down the island, Captiva Beach is well-renowned for shelling on its perfect sand. There are a great selection of Seafood Restaurants that are perfect for kids and adults alike. What an adventure to take a family-friendly beach vacation to an island on the Gulf coast of Florida. A really beach-y treat!

Captiva Island is the perfect place for a quiet, relaxing family-friendly beach vacation. Check out FLARBO for Vacation rentals on Captiva Island can be found here.

North Beach – Fort DeSoto/St.Petersburg

Blue Sky and Gentle Waves on Florida Beach

Located south of St. Petersburg, Fort DeSoto park has fishing, boating and beaches all spread out over several interconnected islands. A wildlife sanctuary and park it’s a great place to introduce children to the wonders of Florida nature. Quiet and secluded, it’s the perfect spot for families to take a day trip to relax and unwind.

Visitors to this family-friendly Florida beach can stay in nearby Gulfport, Tierra Verde, and St Pete’s Beach. Explore wonderful vacation rentals in St. Petersburg area found on Florida Rental By Owners here.

Fort Myers Beach – Fort Myers

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Located on Estero Island in the South-West, Fort Myers beach is well-renowned for its beautiful and abundance of watersport activities. Boating and kyaking are available for adventurous groups on this family-friendly beach. You can also spot a variety of marine life, including dolphins, egrets, and other Florida animals which kids will love.

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals can be found here.

Jupiter Beach – Jupiter

Jupiter Beach Family Vacation

Jupiter is a lovely costal town on Florida’s southeast Atlantic coast. A perfect and relaxing family-friendly beach. Families love playing in the beachside water along with kayaking, golfing, fishing and plenty of other sporting activities offered here. Perfect for families looking for a great place to unwind and get outdoors

More vacation rentals in the Jupiter area can be found on Florida Rental By Owners’ Jupter vacation rentals page here.

New Smyrna Town Beach – New Smyrna Beach

Aerial View of New Smyrna Beach Florida

South of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach is a vibrant town, well-renowned for its surfing and fishing. A huge amount of watersports are available for families looking for an adventurous beach holiday. A clean town with many locally owned businesses creates a relaxed costal vibe, the perfect Family-Friendly beach town in Florida.

Check out some of New Smyrna Beach’s vacation rentals for accommodations here.

Lighthouse Beach Park – Sanibel Island

Shelling on Sanibel Island Florida

Located on the east on Sanibel Island, Lighthouse Beach Park has beautiful waters and sand, and the must-see historic lighthouse. Surfing and sailing come highly recommended as a way to explore the coastline. Sanibel is world-famous for being the perfect spot for shelling enthusiasts.

Kids will love the lighthouse and shelling on this idyllics Family-Friendly Florida island. Check out the wide variety of Sanibel vacation rentals on Sanibel Island here.

Fort Walton Beach – Fort Walton Beach

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Located along the Florida Panhandle, this small Family-Friendly Beach is perfect for any family looking to explore the great outdoors with fabulous condo-hotel style accommodations.

Fishing and surfing are just a few activities that can be enjoyed along the beach, and many resort-style condos are replete with lazy rivers, dive-in movie nights, and multiple pool options for kids. For an educational experience, try the Indian Temple Mound and Air Force Armament Muesums.

Fort Walton is the perfect place for a unique Florida family vacation. Exlore tons of Fort Walton Vacation Rentals including Best Award options on FLARBO here.

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Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island, Florida

Bradenton, Beach Fishing Pier

Bradenton Beach stretches across the south-end of Anna Maria Island in Florida. It’s the perfect spot for those who want to relax and enjoy outdoor family beach fun. Fishing is abundant at Bradenton Beach Historic Pier established in 1921.

A sleepy, little Old-Florida type town kids will love the Free-Trolley, ice cream treats, swimming and snorkeling in the gentle surf. Take a look at some of the vacation rental options in Bradenton Beach here.

Miramar Beach – Destin Area, Florida

Miramar Beach Florida

Shallow water and beautiful white sand await you at Miramar Beach, the perfect place for a family beach holiday with a urban twist. The calm emerald waters make it perfect for young children. Kids will love the Baytowne Adventure Zone featuring ziplines, tramploines, mini golf and tons of kid-friendly activities.

Find a Miramar Beach Vacation Rental you’ll love around the Miramar Beach area here.

Pensacola Beach – Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola Beach Florida Water Tower

Pensacola Beach offers plenty of things to do for kids that’ll spice up any beach holiday. As well as relaxing on the beautiful beach, you can also go diving, snorkelling, fishing or even see some Dolphins.

Top kid activities in Pensacola Beach are dolphin cruises, fihsing pier, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Naval Museum and Children’s Museum. Find the perfect family vacation rental in Pensacola paradise here.

Ponte Verde Beach – Jacksonville

Beach Houses along Ponte Verde Beach Jacksonville Florida

A blue ocean and uncrowded sands awaits you at Ponte Verde Beach, Jacksonville Florida. Kids who love golfing, fishing and surfing will love this vacation spot. Kids who need a little more actino will enjoy Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island water parks. Perfect for day-trips for kids and adults to have some theme park fun.

Have a look at some of the rentals in the Jacksonville Beaches area that Florida Rental By Owners offers here.

Fernandina Beach – Amelia Island, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos Monument St Augustine Florida

Kids who love history, ruins of castles, forts, and a taste of Europe will go crazy in the Fernandina Beach area

Fernandina Beach is located on Amelia Island on the northeast coast of Florida. Nearby Fort Clinch State Park is perfect for families who want to explore history.

The perfect vacation rental on the Northeast Florida Coast is only a click away, check them out here.

Higgs Beach – Key West, Florida


Higgs Beach is a great spot for older kids who love to snorkel, fish and hang out. Relax at the end of the world, located on the southern-most tip of Florida, Higgs Beach is a unique spot perfect for teenagers. Key West is well-renown for its small-town atmosphere, offering shopping and dining on the lively Duval Street and Mallory Square.

Take a look at some of the vacation rentals here.

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Florida is the perfect place for families, and we hope our Top 20 Florida Family Beaches list has made it just that little bit easier to for you to decide which beach is perfect for your next visit.

Whether your family is looking for adventure, outdoor fun or just need to unwind, there’s a vacation rental that’s perfect for you and your family on Florida Rental By Owners.

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