Florida beaches that experts often rank among the state's best destinations include Siesta Key, Sanibel Island, Miami Beach, Palm Beach and Key West. Siesta Key and Sanibel Island are small, relaxing towns on the Gulf of Mexico. Miami Beach offers wide beaches, a sophisticated city and a world-class nightlife, while Palm Beach offers fine dining and upscale resorts on the Atlantic without the crowds of Miami Beach. Key West is a one-of-a-kind, eclectic and laid-back resort.
Both TripAdvisor and Thrillist named Siesta Key Florida's best beach for 2015. The island on Florida's west coast offers wide white sand beaches with calm Gulf waters. The town is small and relaxed but is near the amenities of the medium-sized city of Sarasota. Sanibel Island, another family-oriented barrier island in the same region, is a bit more remote and is known as the state's best place to collect seashells.
Travelers looking for excitement gravitate to Miami Beach, one of the state's most popular tourist spots. Nightclubs there are open late at night, and the nearby city of Miami offers professional sports and other big-city amenities. Celebrity sightings are common in the area. An hour's drive north of the city, Palm Beach has just as much luxury as Miami Beach in a more laid-back setting. Key West is another popular party destination that also offers world-class fishing, though its sand beaches are comparatively small.