Beach towns are a dime a dozen in the state of Florida. However, there are a few that stand out for being especially quaint. These are the ten most quaint beach towns in Florida.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Located at the southern entrance to Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island (AMI) is one of the most-quaint beach towns I’ve ever seen. Coastal cottages, tropical beach paths, a quiet town center, and some of the nicest beaches in the U.S. are a few of its’ many attributes.
My favorite beach town in all of Florida is Boca Grande. The setting of this amazing beach town is similar to what Key West must’ve looked like seventy years ago. Incredible beaches, a fantastic main street (Park Avenue), and a hotel from the early 1900’s (Gasparilla Inn) all contribute to Boca Grande being one of the most-quaint beach towns ever.
Besides being named the best beach in the U.S.A. multiple times, Siesta Key is most definitely one of the most-quaint beach towns to boot. This, not-sleepy-anymore, island is filled with tropical foliage, coastal cottages, and amazing sunsets. After gathering for sunset, a great downtown atmosphere is only a few steps away. Here, you’ll find lots of tourists on beach cruisers and golf cart shuttles enjoying the lazy life.
Atlantic Beach may very well be the most-quaint beach town in Florida that is equally great for surfing. The town center and fun surf are fantastic however, what really separates this amazing town is its’ architecture and small-town feel.
Grayton Beach is similar to Atlantic Beach but with bigger dunes, more space, and much clearer and calmer water. Located on the Emerald Coast, Grayton Beach has it all, incredible architecture, fantastic restaurants and shops, and some of the best beaches in America.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Located just south of Daytona Beach and a short drive from Orlando is the surfing community of New Smyrna Beach. Everything in New Smyrna revolves around the beach and the community in incredibly quaint. The area of New Smyrna Beach that is the most-quaint, is the area north of the North Causeway. In this area, you’ll find more residential homes and fewer beachfront condos or hotels. Furthermore, the great town center of Flagler Ave. is a short walk or bike ride away.
Captiva speaks for itself. As one of the most popular vacation destinations in Florida, Captiva is the definition of quaintness. Beautiful architecture, tropical foliage, world-class beaches and iconic restaurants make Captiva one of the most-quaint beach towns for sure. In addition, it’s location in Charlotte Harbor makes it a perfect boating destination as well.
“Old Naples” is a neighborhood within the City of Naples in Collier County. Located near the Naples Pier, this community is distinguished by its’ amazing architecture and its’ ability to remain very quaint and unspoiled while being extremely high end. In addition, tropical beach path entrances dot every street.
Pass-a-Grille is a quiet community located at the southern tip of St. Pete Beach, south of the famous, pink, Don Cesar Hotel. Pass-a-Grille is a tiny, waterfront community that has quaint everything…homes, restaurants, shops, streets, etc. It’s an oasis in the middle of busy Pinellas County.
Although Key West isn’t known for amazing beaches, it does have one beach (Smathers Beach) that’s very popular. Furthermore, what it lacks in beaches it makes up for in other ways that still are very coastal. Fishing, boating, diving, and snorkeling are activities that are the backbone of the “Conch Republic” and they certainly make it feel like a beach community. In addition, the architecture of Key West sets the bar for all other coastal communities. Here, you’ll find a great mix of everything, making Key West one of the most-quaint beach towns in Florida however, maybe the term “eclectic” is more suitable.