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Floridas Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast of Florida is very different from the Atlantic Coast. The beaches on the Gulf of Mexico tend to be shallower, with less surf and with warmer waters.

The beaches on Gulf Coast of Florida are great for families with small children. The soft sands of the wide beaches extend far out to sea, and one can wade hundreds of meters from shore without the water becoming very deep.

While Clearwater caters to tourism, most of the other areas along the Gulf coast are far less commercialized. They tend to feature holiday flats and rental cottages rather than high-rise hotels. During the summer months, the coastline is notorious for its daily thunderstorm activity with intense lightning.
It is also famous for its beautiful sunsets.

Clearwater Beach
is a
major tourist destination which has all what one would expect to cater for tourism. Sandy Key is a long, narrow barrier island in Pinellas County with many miles of white beaches. Indian Rocks Beach is a true beach town with plenty of beach cottages and a few low-rise condominiums, excellent restaurants, and lots of free beach parking and access. Madeira Beach occupies the southern tip of Sand Key, apart from powdery white sand beaches, shopping is a major attraction together with its restaurants.

From north to south, the Florida Gulf Coast beaches and islands includes: Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island near the city of
Dunedin. Both islands are state parks and provide a quiet getaway from the busy Pinellas county cities.

Longboat Key is very
exclusive and upscale with large beachfront resorts and private homes. The beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of rentals available for vacationers. Lido and Siesta Keys have something for everyone and are close to the night life, restaurants and cultural attractions for which Sarasota is famous for. Life slows down on the Venice beaches, Manasota Key and Casey Key. Fort Myers Beach picks up the pace with lots of people and traffic jams. There are lots of hotels on Fort Myers Beach and the beach is beautiful.

Naples has plenty of beach access, beautiful gardens and landscapes. Despite the abundance of large condominiums, the foliage creates an appealing atmosphere and a spectacular quality of light. Marco Island is an entirely upscale community sitting on the edge of the Everglades and the Ten-Thousand Islands. The beaches are beautiful and the Gulf around Marco is shallow and calm. Bird watching opportunities are excellent on Marco Island, especially at Tigertail Beach.

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