Top 10 bucket list beaches in Florida for summer 2021

Special to Gannett

Summer is finally here and people are now ready to shed their sweats for a striking new bathing suit. Florida is known as home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but which are the must-visit for summer 2021?

Holidu, the search engine for vacation rentals (holidu.com) made it its mission to find out. After examining over 30,000 results from the Google Maps database, they compiled a ranking of the top 10 best beaches in Florida that should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list this summer.

The Top 10 are:

1. Siesta Key Beach 

2. St. Andrews State Park Beach

3. Henderson Beach State Park 

4. Coquina Beach 

5. Clearwater Beach

6. Pensacola Beach

7. Grayton Beach State Park

8. Navarre Beach Marine Park

9. Caladesi Island State Park Beach

10. St. George Island State Park Beach

Ranking third was Henderson Beach State Park in Destin.

Henderson Beach State Park

Known for its winding nature trails, splendid emerald gulf waters, and its spectacular wildlife viewing, there is over a mile of beachfront, plenty of space to spread out in this natural beach habitat and unwind on your next holiday. Meander through its preserved dunes and explore the local coastal plant communities. Even stay overnight on one of its 60 campsites. With paved bike routes, natural trails, and public picnic pavilions, this beach is a must-visit.

Pensacola Beach, located toward the end of the barrier island of Santa Rosa, is ranked No. 6. Take it easy on its renowned white sugar sand and splash in its mellow waters known for dolphin and sea turtle spotting. Located in the Florida Panhandle its warm temperate waters and sprawling shores make it the perfect getaway. Jetting out into the Gulf the Pensacola Beach Pier has unmatched sunsets and a panoramic view of the sun on the water. 

Nestled between Panama City Beach and Destin, the No. 7 ranked Grayton Beach State Park is in one of the most popular parks in the state, stretching for 2,200 acres. Bend through nature trails and untouched dunes to arrive at this remarkable beachfront, glistening with white sand and salty waters. Spend the night under the stars in one of its campsites; hike or canoe along the backwaters of Western Lake; or simply unwind on the polished sandy shores.

Beachgoers enjoy the calm surf at Navarre Beach in this aerial photo.

Located on Santa Rosa Island, this No. 8 Navarre Beach Marine Park is home to the longest pier in Florida, jetting 1,545 feet into the Gulfs sparkling waters. Equipped with clear waters and its own artificial reefs, this area offers a prime spot for snorkels and subdividers. Explore the shores hunting for colorful shells and crunch your toes into the soft sand. Even educate yourself on the local wildlife at one of the Marine Science Station in the park.