Florida's 12 best beaches for escaping crowds

Florida's best beach? Choosing is impossible! Each beach has its own personality and its own wondrous qualities. Here are our favorite Florida beaches that provide a little respite from the crowds.

Municipal Beach

Naples' city beach is a long, dreamy white strand that succeeds in feeling lively but rarely overcrowded.

At the end of 12th Ave S, the 1000ft pier is a symbol of civic pride, having been constructed in 1888, destroyed a few times by fire and hurricane, and reconstructed each time.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is America's most inaccessible national park. Reachable only by boat or seaplane, it rewards you for your effort in getting there with amazing snorkeling amid coral reefs.

You'll also get to tour a beautifully preserved 19th-century brick fort, one of the largest such fortifications in the USA despite its location 70 miles off the coast of Key West.

On paper, the Dry Tortugas covers an extensive area – over 70 sq miles. In reality, only 1% of the park (about 143 acres) consists of dry land, so much of the park's allure lies under the water.

The marine life is quite rich here, with the opportunity to see tarpon, sizable groupers and lots of colorful coral and smaller tropical fish, plus the odd sea turtle gliding through the sea.

Siesta Key

At 8 miles long, Siesta Key is the Sarasota Keys’ most popular beach hangout, with a family-friendly village and a public beach of pure quartz sand so fine it's like confectioners' sugar.

The enormous parking lot has an information booth dispensing info on all types of activities and water sports (parasailing, jet ski rental, kayaks, bikes and more), plus nice facilities.