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Gulf Coast beaches, Florida

Holidays in Gulf Coast

Miles of golden sand and clear, blue waters

Indeed, some of the world’s finest beaches can be found here, including those at Clearwater and St Petersburg – or St Pete’s as the latter is now officially known. A natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts, there are water sports in abundance, beachcombing on quiet offshore islands, volleyball, horse riding, cycling and golfing.

Where to stay in Gulf Coast Beaches

Hotels in Gulf Coast Beaches

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Essential Information for Gulf Coast Beaches

Local time
+ 19hrs
Currently
Language
American English
Currency
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
Orlando (MCO)
8-9h
Direct flights
Flight schedule
Daily flights from across the UK
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Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

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Driving Times

Our hotels on Florida's Gulf Coast are approx a 2-hour drive from Orlando and only a short drive to Busch Gardens.

Highlights of the Gulf Coast Beaches

Florida’s Gulf Coast offers a Caribbean-like climate and unbeatable wildlife. Here are its best attractions.

  • Visit the unspoilt beaches on Siesta Key and Longboat Key off Sarasota.
  • Hop on a boat from Bonita Springs to the ultra-secluded Big Hickory Island Beach.
  • Tigertail beach on Marco Island is great for those with kids.
  • Kayak off the beautiful Clam Pass Beach in Naples or go shelling on Vanderbilt beach.
  • Find sugary sands and excellent water sports on Fort Myers Beach, Estero Island.
  • Head north of Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. Explore the Greek culture and antique shops.
  • Explore the art galleries, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. For a bit of Old Florida, check out the Historic Spanish Point in Osprey.
  • Take the kids to see the animals at Naples Zoo or the enchanting Naples Botanic Gardens.
  • Spot crocs, manatees and flamingo in the Everglades National Park.
  • Tee off at the Dunes Golf Club on Sanibel Island or the famous courses of Sarasota.
  • Stay in a private villa in Fort Myers, home to glorious swimming pools with lakeside views.
  • Kick back with private cabanas and butler service at South Seas Island Resort, Captiva.
  • Sip on a sundowner and enjoy top-notch seafood at Pier 60 in Clearwater.
  • Try honey infused pastries and coffee in the Greek restaurants of Tarpon Springs.
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market in Sarasota for local produce and Floridian mangoes.
  • March: The Gulf Coast celebrates its abundance of lobster in the Crawfish Festival, St Pete.
  • October: Fort Myers hosts the annual Beach Pirate Festival.

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