It is no doubt that the sunshine state is still one of the most popular destinations to visit in all of the US. Why? Well because you have an array of gorgeous beaches, authentic food, theme parks, and more. It is mostly everyone’s best destination to travel for the summer. In fact, millions of people visit Florida because of entertaining attractions and gorgeous beaches.
However, there are certain times where it’s better to visit Florida than any day during the year. If you are the type of person who can’t handle the humidity and large crowds of tourists then it’s best to come during off-peak hours. No lie. No shame.
As a person who has lived in Florida for over three years, I can tell you right now that not everybody loves the humidity and heat. It takes some time to get used to, but once you do, there is no going back.
Best Time to Visit Florida (Weather Wise)
The best time to visit any Florida Beach would possibly be anywhere from March to May. Depending on how long you plan on traveling, the weather is best during these months. Not too hot and not too cold.
The humidity hasn’t quite kicked in and the weather is just warm enough to explore the local beaches. Make sure you avoid the early spring-breakers in those popular beaches such as Panama City, Miami, etc. If it isn’t your cup-of-tea then make sure you plan around that time.
Best Time of the Day to go to the Beach in Florida
The best time to check out any beaches in Florida beach is earlier in the day. Preferably before noon. On the weekends, plan for arriving earlier than 8 am for your best chance since it is usually busier on Saturday and Sunday. By arriving early, you will have more access to parking spots, but also more room for you to choose a spot on the sand.
In addition, by visiting the beaches in mid-spring, you will beat the summer crowds and early-spring breakers. All in all, The weather is nice, and the beaches are quiet. So plan your vacation now to check out the beaches in Florida for early spring.
Top benefits of to going to the beach early in day and year:
- parking is plentiful and more available
- fewer people on the beaches and sand
- more time to nap on the sand
- first dibs to the checking out the downtown
- the chance of showers is mostly in the afternoon to evening
Cheapest Time to Travel to Florida
Florida beach vacations vary in the location you wish to visit. Certain cities are definitely more expensive than others. For example, taking a trip to South Miami Beach is more expensive if you were to take a trip for example to Fort Lauderdale. If you plan on staying at the Florida Keys then just keep in mind that it is indeed one of the most expensive places to stay.
Even when I visited the keys, I did not stay on the island itself. I drove to the outer area of Miami for more affordable options. One tip I would recommend is to travel during the off-peak. Avoid the summer months, when the weather is at the hottest and humidity is at an all-time high. Opt-in to be more flexible during your vacation and you are bound to have the best time!
The Best Beaches to visit in Florida
There is no doubt that there are a ton of gorgeous beaches surrounding the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department of State, Florida has well over 663 miles of beaches. That is a lot to choose from! Beginning with the panhandle of Florida, gorgeous blue emerald waters and powdery white sand cover this area. It is probably very popular to check out. The west side of Florida has very gorgeous beaches and state parks. The east side has unique beaches in its own kind.
This scratches to surfaces of what kind of beaches you’ll find on either side:
Panhandle of Florida:
- Cape San Blas
- Destin Beach
- Fort Walton Beach
- Miramar Beach
- Pensacola Beach
- Panama City Beach
- Santa Rosa Beach
- Clearwater Beach
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Indian Shores
- Madeira Beach
- St. Petersburg Beach
- Tampa Bay
- Anna Maria Island
- Cape Coral
- Fort Meyers Beach
- Marco Island
- Naples Beach
- Rotonda West
- Sanibel Island
- Sarasota Beach
- Siesta Key
- Venice Beach
North East of Florida:
- Jacksonville Beach
- St. Augustine Beach
- Ponte Vedra Beach
- Ormond Beach
- Daytona Beach
- New Smyrna Beach
- Canaveral National Seashore
- Cocoa Beach
- Melbourne Beach
- Vero Beach
- West Palm Beach
- Hollywood Beach
- Fort Lauderdale Beach
- Pompano Beach
- Miami Beach
- Key Largo
- Key West
How long should you plan your trip to Florida
It really depends on you and how much time off you get to visit the gorgeous state of Florida. Obviously, everyone’s schedule is different when it comes to planning your vacations. Most jobs only give you two weeks off in a year.
The recommended time would be a minimum of 1 week and at most 2 weeks. If you are there to visit theme parks such as Universal and Walt Disney world, typically you can spend a whole week there. Yet, even that is exhausting.
Since both Disney and Universal have multiple parks, I would recommend checking these out during the week since crowds aren’t as crazy and tickets are usually cheaper. The weekends at the parks can be chaotic. Tickets are also cheaper during off-peak times, so do your homework and you are bound to save money and have a good time.
The second week should be for relaxing. What better to do than the beaches. You should solely focus on the beaches, or at least if that is what your intention is. You can definitely check out some pretty epic beaches in the Sunshine state.
If you are planning to stay in the Orlando area, the closest beaches there are covered in this blog. They are gorgeous and highly recommended, especially if it’s your first time visiting.
If you plan on taking the second week to visit the beaches, then I highly recommend you visiting both one on the Gulf side of Mexico and one on the Atlantic Side. If you do have time, that is. That way you can get a feel of both the beaches on the west coast and on the east coast.
In the end, Florida is known as the theme park capital of the world with so much to see and do! You will never get bored visiting the gorgeous state of Florida or its beaches!
Florida is gorgeous, beautiful, and yet very unpredictable with weather patterns. Just know that you may get caught up in a storm while visiting Disneyland or Universal. I’ve been there on both occasions and ponchos were well worth the purchase.
Having been caught on rainfall at the beach is also quite interesting, especially having lived most of my life in California, where rain is so scarce. So just being a little bit more prepared than the average person will make you 100X more likely to have an awesome time.
Be it whatever month of the year it is. If you are looking for less hot weather like humidity, and rain then definitely make sure you plan anywhere from March to May. This is perfectly right after the cool months of January and right before the summer crowds and weather.
In addition, the best time of day to go to the beach is early. This will guarantee you parking and a great spot on the sand. As the old saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm”. This could not be more true.
It is the best time to invite friends and family. It is the best time to go to the beach in Florida. Regardless of what beach you choose to see! Best of luck!
Jess and Jeanette are two sisters who created Unseen Beaches. This beach travel site was inspired by their family beach vacations while growing up. Helping you discover the best U.S. beach destinations worth visiting, staying, and eating.