Best family beaches in Florida

Jun 22, 2011 at 7:02 p.m. ET

Here's where you can find some ocean-side family fun in the Sunshine State, Florida -- Panama City, Cocoa Beach and St George Island.

Cocoa Beach

Panama City Beaches

The pure white sand beaches of Panama City make this a gorgeous family-friendly beach getaway. Just be sure that you are not visiting the city during its (in)famous Spring Break! Home to 27 miles of white sand and emerald green waters, this Florida beach town features family-friendly mazes, water and amusement parks, a zoo, sport fishing and never-ending beach activities.

Online: Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce - pcbeach.org

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Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach, the closest beach to Orlando, this sleepy beach town with state-of-the-art space exploration is located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon. From the shores of this beach you are likely to see dolphins at play -- and if you're really lucky, you may even see a space shuttle taking off into orbit! If you're little ones are astronauts in the making, Cocoa Beach is the place to be. Don't miss a kayak exploration off the Banana River islands as well as indigenous wildlife.

Online: Cocoa Beach - cityofcocoabeach.com

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach


St George Island

Located on Florida's panhandle, St. George Island is a relatively quiet island that boasts some of the country's most breathtaking and family-friendly beaches. It is ideally equipped with both sandy shores and grassy flats, as well as grills, tables, and restrooms – perfect for family picnicking! Primitive campsites are also accessible via trail or boat.

Online: St. George Island - visitflorida.com

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