Florida’s west coast boasts some of the state’s best beaches. Some of the more well known ones include Sarasota, Sanibel and Captiva Islands and St. Peterburg. Each one offers a different experience to suit all kinds of beachgoers.
For those looking to get away from it all, Anna Maria Island provides the experience of “paradise without an attitude” as the island’s motto says. This tiny island is only 90 minutes from Tampa and features white sand beaches and turquoise water to rival the Caribbean. The local restaurants and lack of sprawling high rises help it conserve its old Florida charm.
Other Florida west coast attractionsfor those looking for a bit more excitement include paddling a kayak to watch manatees grazing on sea grass or observe a playful pod of dolphins. Or try your hand at sailing at one of the dozens of academies that teach the sport in the area. If you want to experience everything, then island hopping is definitely one of the Florida west coast attractionsthat will appeal to you.
The ease of transport, both maritime and terrestrial, makes it a breeze to visit different spots in the same day and get a taste of each.
For more information about Florida west coast attractions to suit all interests, check out this guide and the calendar that features attractions and activities in multiple cities in the West Coast.