BEACH READS

Florida's beaches feature as many different stories to tell as there are grains of sand. Come here to read more about the people, places and events across the Sunshine State's communities. We'll also feature tips and tricks for you to get the most out of events, activities and more.

Dr. Beach ranks Grayton Beach, Caladesi Island among America’s best beaches

The two Florida state parks are ranked in Stephen Leatherman’s annual Top 10 beaches list for 2018.
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Sea turtles are now nesting on Florida’s beaches, so be aware and follow the rules this season

Be aware of endangered species leaving the ocean for the sand, and don’t disturb mothers or hatchlings.
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Clearwater Beach named best beach in the United States, 7 other Florida beaches in Top 25

TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice Awards puts six Sunshine State destinations in its Top 10, based on reader reviews. Clearwater Beach also claims the spot as seventh-best beach in the world.
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Sun, sand, sustainability: Anna Maria Island excels at ecotourism

Organic produce and native landscaping are only some of the features of this Manatee County getaway.
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Watch yourself on the waves with pointers for personal watercraft safety

Renting a Jet Ski or WaveRunner is a fun way to get on the water, but you can stay safe if you remember these tips.
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South Beach’s Palace Bar keeps community support alive

The Miami Beach landmark proves that moving to a new location on Ocean Drive wasn’t a drag on business.
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Key West's visual arts scene is a sight to see

Painters, sculptors and photographers prove the Conch Republic isn't just a literary haven.
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Dr. Beach, a Florida icon

A chat with FIU professor Stephen Leatherman.
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These are the best Florida beach dogs of Instagram

Looking for a best friend to follow on social media? This canine quintet will get tails wagging.
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Answers to questions about Red Tide

The algae blooms that kill fish and turtles off the Gulf Coast are not new, but they are dangerous.
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