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The Sunshine State's most lustrous resorts range from modern properties in Miami Beach to century-old inns in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Sunshine State's most lustrous resorts range from modern properties in Miami Beach to century-old inns in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pensacola Beach: Untouched Pensacola Beach has translucent waters best appreciated at low tide, when you can walk hundreds of yards and see nothing but a sandy, winter-white bottom and maybe a few minnows.

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Caladesi: Fall off the grid with a 20-minute ferry ride to pristine Caladesi, where good things come in threes: three miles of beaches with enough mollusk shells and sand dollars to lure collectors; a three-mile nature trail through tropical mangrove forests; and three miles of paddling trails.

Caladesi

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Gasparilla: “Hush, don’t rush” is the unofficial mantra on Gasparilla Island between Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Driftwood is strewn across seven miles of shoreline flanked by fluffy, creamy-white powder, turning the beach into an organic art installation.

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Playalinda: You’ll have to drive through a wildlife refuge to reach this sweet swath of Cape Canaveral National Seashore. With bald eagles, manatees and loggerhead turtles hiding in wetlands, it’s like playing nature’s version of “I Spy” on your way to one of the most peaceful stretches of sand in the state.

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Santa Rosa Beach: You’ll think you’ve stumbled into the Caribbean when you first gaze at this 26-mile stretch of north Florida beach, which draws comparisons to both Aruba and Curaçao. Quartz crystals wash down from the Appalachian Mountains, collecting here and making the sugar-white sand sparkle.

Santa Rosa Beach

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Cayo Costa: Only accessible by ferry, this barrier isle is both rustic and remote, so expect to have its seven miles of beaches practically to yourself. While travelers flock to nearby Sanibel Island for some of the world’s top shelling, Cayo Costa doesn’t disappoint.

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Boneyard Beach: Step into the ethereal scene inside Big Talbot Island State Park just south of Amelia Island, where salt-dusted skeletons are all that remain of the oak and cedar trees that once guarded this stretch of coast. Stroll the shore and take note of the scent of the maritime forests directly behind the towering sand dunes.

Psst: Secret Beaches For a Non-Crowded (!) Florida Getaway

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Laze around for a change with a getaway to The James Hotels in posh #Miami.

Miami Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure

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Dream South Beach #JetsetterCurator

Dream South Beach

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Florida Tops 2016 List of Best States To Retire

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The South's Best Beaches: South Walton (Florida)

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Not far from Key West, Hawks Cay Resort caters to families with Camp Hawk, which will host your kids for an entire day of supervised activities, from fish feedings to snorkeling in the saltwater lagoon.

Best Family Beach Hotels

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Time to sit back and do what I do best on vacation – people-watch. 1 Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach, Florida) - Jetsetter

1 Hotel South Beach

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Beach day, baby. The Villa Miami Beach (Miami, Florida) - Jetsetter

The Villa Miami Beach

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Miami is a full-throttle destination, but it’s always nice to escape the mad crush. At this time of year, peak rates are coming down and the activity is slowing down in the city, making it an ideal time to get out and explore the surrounding area.

56 Spring Getaway Ideas Near Your Favorite Cities

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Key West is one of the most eccentric and seductive cities in the nation. Don your tropical linen shirts with pride and check out one of the colorful artist havens, such as Studios of Key West.

The World's 30 Friendliest Cities

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Leaving the mainland for the 120-mile-long island chain of Florida’s Keys, travelers enter a paradise of beach bars, water sports, and Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans).

U.S. 1, Florida Keys

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Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is still a showcase for Spanish forts, lovely moss-covered oaks, and good sweet tea. It's also got beautiful beaches.

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At first glance, Siesta Beach, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, looks like the standard picture-perfect shore. It has clear blue water, exceptionally white sand, and is so pristine that Dr. Leatherman rated it the number one beach in America. But once you kick off your flip-flops, your feet will experience what makes this beach so unique. The powdery sand is 99.9 percent quartz crystal and so fine and uniform in size that it squeaks when you walk on it. Plus, its composition allows it to stay cool e...

World's Strangest Beaches | Travel + Leisure

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Tampa’s warm climate encourages lingering outside for those Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Bayshore Boulevard, with its nearly 4.5-mile sidewalk, has long been the see-and-be-seen waterfront promenade in Tampa. Elsewhere, the nearly complete Tampa Riverwalk—along 2.5 miles of the Hillsborough River—is bringing new life to downtown. A mile away, the Ybor City neighborhood, with its Cuban and Spanish past, is the place to go for lively nighttime cafés and bars.

America's Most Romantic Cities | Travel + Leisure

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Love may be blind, but it doesn’t hurt to look, according to T+L readers, who rated Miami residents No. 1 for attractiveness and No. 3 for stylishness. In addition, the city took the top spot for its singles scene and nightclubs, making the Miami one of the hottest metropolises for kindling romance.

America's Most Romantic Cities | Travel + Leisure

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