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Welcome to the Florida Travel Podcast, episode 84 about the Gulf side and the Atlantic side beaches. The Florida Travel Podcast is a podcast to help Florida residents and visitors get more out of the sunshine state. I’m Tonya. And I’m Christina.
What’s up this week?
Florida is obviously known for its beaches. But there’s a great debate as to where the best places are for the Florida beaches. Do you want to go to Florida’s Gulf Coast or hit the Atlantic Beaches?
We’re going to talk about some of the differences and generalities of each side and what we like about the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Interesting site with the definition of coastline and shoreline and how many miles https://phenomenalflorida.com/does-florida-have-the-longest-coastline/
According to this site, Florida has 1350 miles of coastline. That’s a lot of beaches!
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Florida’s East Coast – Atlantic side
From Jacksonville to Miami, the east coast of Florida stretches for more than 350 miles of driving. There’s a lot more miles of coastline and shoreline. Drive the A1A – iconic places The Atlantic side is typically rougher waters and waves for surfing. Because it’s a deeper ocean side, water temps do get colder, unless of course, you’re in south Florida where it stays pretty warm all year. That said, the water temperature in Miami in January averages 71 degrees. I know people who think that’s not warm, but your northerners think it’s perfect.
Florida’s West Coast – Gulf of Mexico
Starting all the way south in the Everglades and hugging the Gulf of Mexico up through the Florida Panhandle, the west coast of Florida has even more shoreline. The water is generally calmer.
The Caribbean Sea or Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico? Technically it’s the Florida Bay and the Straits of Florida. The Keys essentially start out on the Atlantic side and stretch to the Gulf of Mexico! Be sure to listen in to hear your homeschool moment of the week.
Popular Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean
- Daytona Beach
- Cocoa Beach
- Canaveral National Seashore
- 24 miles of coastline
- Miami Beach
- South Beach
- Vero Beach
- New Smyrna Beach
- St. Augustine
- Anastasia State Park
- Jacksonville Beach
- Amelia Island
- Fort Lauderdale
- West Palm Beach
- Jupiter Beach
Best Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico
- Clearwater Beach
- Anna Maria Island
- Siesta Key beach
- Top rated for it’s sugar soft white sand beaches, it deserves it’s title of most beautiful beaches.
- Sanibel Island
- Fort Myers Beach
- Venice Beach
- St. Petersburg Beach
- Panama City beach
- Fort Walton Beach
- Pensacola Beach
- Gulf Islands National Seashore