About Beaches

Information about Florida’s seashore beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Beaches are the result of wave and wind action on the shoreline. Waves deposit sand grains that are suspended in the water near the shoreline. Wind blows the sand grains further inland.

The beach berm is the deposit of material comprising the active shoreline, which in Florida is mostly sand. The berm has a crest (top) and a face slopes down towards the water from the crest. At the very bottom of the face, there may be a trough, and further seaward one or more longshore bars, which are slightly raised, underwater embankments formed where the waves first start to break.

The sand deposit of the beach may can extend well inland from the berm crest, where there may be evidence of one or more older crests (the storm beach) resulting from very large storm waves. At some point the influence of the waves (even storm waves) on the material comprising the beach stops, and if the particles are small enough (sand size or smaller), winds shape the feature. Where wind is the force distributing the grains inland, the deposit behind the beach becomes a dune.

Beach materials come from erosion of rocks offshore, as well as from headland erosion and slumping producing deposits of scree (also known as talus, which is the accumulation of broken rock fragments at the base of mountains). Some of the whitest sand in the world is along Florida’s Emerald Coast, which is near Pensacola, Florida. The white sand comes from the erosion of quartz in the Appalachian Mountains. A coral reef offshore is a significant source of sand particles.

Florida’s Beaches:

Anne’s Beach, Lower Matecumbe, FL

Bahia Honda Key
Ballast Key
Belleair Beach, Florida
Belleair Shore, Florida
Bethune Beach, Florida
Beverly Beach, Florida
Big Lagoon State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park
Boca Chica Key
Boca Grande Key
Boca Grande, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Boynton Beach, Florida
Briny Breezes, Florida
Butler Beach, Florida

Caladesi Island State Park
Canaveral National Seashore
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Cape St. George Island
Captiva Island
Captiva, Florida
Cayo Costa State Park
Cedar Key, Florida
Clearwater Beach
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Crescent Beach, Florida

Dania Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Delray Beach, Florida
Destin, Florida
Dog Island (Florida)
Don Pedro Island
Don Pedro Island State Park
Dry Tortugas
Dry Tortugas National Park
Duck Key, Florida
Dunedin, Florida

Egmont Key State Park
Eldora, Florida
Englewood, Florida
Estero Island

Flagler Beach, Florida
Fort De Soto Park
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Gasparilla Island
Gasparilla Island State Park
Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach, Florida
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Hallandale Beach, Florida
Henderson Beach State Park
Highland Beach, Florida
Hillsboro Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Honeymoon Island State Park
Horseshoe Beach, Florida
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hutchinson Island (Florida)
Hutchinson Island South, FL

Indialantic, Florida
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Indian River Shores, Florida
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Indian Shores, Florida
Inlet Beach, Florida
Islamorada, Florida

Jensen Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
Juno Beach, Florida
Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida
Jupiter Island
Jupiter Island, Florida
Jupiter, Florida

Key Colony Beach, Florida
Key Vaca
Key West
Key West, Florida

La Costa Island
Laguna Beach, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida
Lido Key
Little Duck Key
Little Gasparilla Island
Little Talbot Island State Park
Long Key
Long Key State Park
Lovers Key / Carl E. Johnson State Park
Lower Matecumbe Key

Madeira Beach, Florida
Manalapan, Florida
Manasota Key, Florida
Marathon, Florida
Marco Island, Florida
Marquesas Keys
Matanzas Inlet
Mexico Beach, Florida
Miramar Beach, Florida
Money Key
Mule Keys

Naples, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
North Captiva Island
North Hutchinson Island
North Redington Beach, Florida

Orchid Island, Florida
Orchid, Florida
Oriole Beach, Florida
Ormond Beach, Florida
Ormond-By-The-Sea, Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park

Palm Beach Shores, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Paradise Coast
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Perdido Key, Florida
Pine Island (Lee County, Florida)
Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge
Pine Island, Florida
Playalinda Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Ponce Inlet, Florida
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Redington Beach, Florida
Redington Shores, Florida

St. Augustine Beach, Florida
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sanibel Island
Santa Rosa Island, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Sea Ranch Lakes, Florida
Seaside, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Smathers Beach
South Beaches
South Palm Beach, Florida
South Patrick Shores, Florida
St. Andrews State Park
St. George Island (Florida)
St. George Island State Park
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
St. Pete Beach, Florida
St. Vincent Island, Florida
Sunset Key

Tea Table Key
Treasure Island, Florida

Vanderbilt Beach
Vilano Beach, Florida

Wabasso Beach, Florida
Waveland, Florida
West Summerland Key
Wilbur-By-The-Sea, Florida
Windley Key
Wisteria Island
Woman Key

Fort Zachary Taylor

Florida’s Beach Cities:

Atlantic Beach
Beverly Beach
Boca Raton
Boynton Beach
Butler Beach
Cocoa Beach
Crescent Beach
Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach Shores
Deerfield Beach
Delray Beach
Fernandina Beach
Flagler Beach
Grayton Beach, Florida
Gulf Stream
Highland Beach
Hobe Sound
Indian Harbour Beach
Indian River Shores
Jacksonville Beach
Juno Beach
Key Biscayne
Key Largo
Key West
Lake Worth
Marathon, Florida
Melbourne Beach
Miami Beach, Florida
Neptune Beach
North Palm Beach
Palm Beach
Palm Beach Shores
Palm Coast
Panama City Beach
Pensacola Beach
Pompano Beach
Ponce Inlet
Ponte Vedra Beach
Riviera Beach
Satellite Beach
South Beach, Miami
St. Augustine Beach
Stuart, Florida
Sunny Isles Beach
Vilano Beach
Wabasso Beach