Depending on which list you look at the top beaches in the United States will be different. Travel websites like TripAdvisor, Travel Channel and Dr. Beach’s top 10 Beach list will often list different beaches as being the best in the U.S. Since I live in Southwest Florida and have visited most if not all of the beaches here I will write about the most recent list by Dr. Beach which was reported recently in the press and online. Dr. Beach’s choices list two of Southwest Florida’s beaches in the top 10.
Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs came in at # 2 on the list. This beach is definitely a gem and well kept secret since I have been there and never seen it crowded. The water and sand are very clean and there are facilities to use bathrooms.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples came in at # 10. I have visited this beach and it is similar to Barefoot Beach with its beautiful white sandy beach and it’s clean waters to swim in. They are only a few miles apart.
Other beaches in and around Naples, Marco Island, Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, and Captiva all have their great beaches and have been listed in the top 10 at some point. Florida also has some great beaches in the Sarasota, Clearwater, St. Augustine, Pensacola, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami areas. With over 1,000 miles of shoreline and warm sunny weather in the winter, Florida is a favorite destination spot for vacationers.
photo courtesy of Collier County