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10 Northern Florida Beach Vacation Destinations – After Covid19

Covid19 has not only taken human life and just about murdered the worlds economy, it has instilled a certain amount of germ a phobia in all of us. With this new normal of constant hand washing and sanitizing, avoidance of heavily visited locations can also be added to the list of how Corona Virus has changed us. Where some people once had to overcome the fear of flying, this new normal may now have us challenged to get over the fear of a crowded airport. As with any trauma, the new fears created will take time to get over but what do you do if you feel the need to travel ASAP after being cooped up under the safe at home policies? How about a good old fashioned road trip to a Florida Beach?

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Florida is a long state and driving from north to south is an entire days trip, however, one need not drive the state to find a great beach destination as some of Florida’s most beautiful and pristine beaches are in the northern part of the state. .

Destin Beach

Emerald green waters, brilliant white sand, spectacular sunsets and the best fishing anywhere are just a few of the many reasons that make Destin Beach a funtastic vacation choice. Located in Florida’s Panhandle on a stretch of Gulf of Mexico coastline called the Emerald Coast, this white sandy shore destination has a multitude of waterfront restaurants and water sport opportunities.

Popular attractions and activities: Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Harbor Boardwalk, deep sea fishing and dolphin watching.


Jacksonville Beach

Whether you are looking for an active beach vacation or just some relaxation time in the sand, Jacksonville Beach has just what you are looking for. On the Atlantic side on Florida’s North East Coast, in Jacksonville beach you can ride the waves on a surf board, jump the waves on a jet ski or just find a comfy spot in the sand and wonder if the waves will hit your chair.

Popular attractions and activities: Adventure Landing Water Park, Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier,Cradle Creek Preserve, surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding

St. George Island

St. George Island is a barrier Island on the Gulf of Mexico located just off the coast of Florida’s Panhandle. This serene vacation paradise community prohibits construction of high rise buildings and you won’t find any chain stores here either, keeping this destination quiet and unspoiled.

Popular attractions and activities: St. George Island State Park, Fishing, shelling, kayaking, bike riding, shopping and eating fresh local seafood

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Santa Rosa Beach

Once named Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “Best Beach on Earth for Families”, Santa Rosa Beach has remained a favorite vacation hot spot year after year. This scenic beach destination on Florida’s Emerald Coast, draws not only beach goers but nature lovers, art enthusiast, foodies, the outdoor adventurer and more.

Nearby attractions and popular activities: Point Washington State Forest, the artist community of Gulf Place, Scenic Highway 30A, golfing, fishing, water sports of all kinds, biking and walking trails

St. Augustine Beach

On the northern east cost of Florida, St. Augustine Beach is located on the south end of  Anastasia Island, about 7 miles from all the happenings of Downtown St. Augustine. A stay in St. Augustine Beach is like having two types of vacations wrapped up in one package. On the one hand you get the typical beach vacation, with surf, sand and sun and on the other hand you are just a short drive or trolley ride to the historic sights, fun attractions, and the delicious eateries of the oldest city in the United States.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: St. Augustine Beach Fishing Pier and Beach Park, Anastasia Island State park, Fort Matanzas National Monument Park, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, nature viewing trails, swimming, boating, fishing.

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Pensacola Beach

On the western end of Santa Rosa Island, visitors will find the pristine sands and crystal clear waters of Pensacola Beach. Not only is Pensacola beach an active and beautiful beach destination, it is in an area dotted with restaurants and family entertainment, making it a great area to kick back and have some family fun.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: Sam’s FunCity Amusement Park, Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, The National Naval Aviation Museum, snorkeling, boating, sunset sailing charters, paddling and other water fun activities galore.

Panama City Beach

Turquoise waters, sandy shores, 2 state parks, seafood markets and a whole lot of fun awaits you at Panama city Beach. Choose to play in the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico or maybe choose to do very little and bask on the sandy shores in the warmth of the sun, as Panama City Beach is a great place for both a family adventure or a relaxing retreat.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: St. Andrew’s State Park, Camp Helen State Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!!, Gulf World Marine Park, scuba diving, wonderful beach fun and chowing down on fresh seafood.

Atlantic Beach

25 miles east of the City of Jacksonville is a laid back old Florida style beach community of Atlantic Beach. On Florida’s North East Atlantic coast, this uncrowded beach is a popular destination for beach strolling, surfing and paddling.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Dutton Island Preserve, surfing, kayaking, hiking, fishing

Ponte Vedra

Best known by Golfers for TPC Sawgrass, the course where The PGA Tour and The Players Championship are played, Ponte Vedra should also be recognized as a fabulous beach destination too. In addition to the world class golfing there is world class dining, elegant shopping, natural Florida beauty and the white sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn, Palm Valley Golf Course, TPC Sawgrass, GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve, golfing, hiking and playing in the surf of the Atlantic Ocean

Navarre Beach

Looking for paradise? Then look no further than the 12 mile stretch of land tucked away on the western end of the Florida Panhandle called Navarre Beach. A perfect place for visitors looking for the 3 R’s in their vacation, “Rest, Relaxation & Romance”. An uncrowded shoreline on the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico full of sun, fun, natural beauty and peaceful moments. A great place to make memories.

Nearby Attractions and Popular Activities: Navarre Beach Marine Science Center, Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, bike & walking trails, fishing, water sports and enjoying that doing absolutely nothing spot on the sand.

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