Spend enough time in Florida and you will soon realize that besides traditional names of beaches and towns, the tourism infrastructure has grown in such a way that certain sections of coastline in Florida have their own profile. This is a breakdown of those names and what a visitor can expect to find on these coastal delineations.
This term was coined to capture Florida’s popular shores along its panhandle from Mexico Beach to Pensacola. Also known as the Redneck Riviera because of the laid back vacationers and spring break goers who descend on its coast from many of the states due North. The beaches are beautiful, but the general demographic is different than the allure of Southern Florida.
This stretches from Tampa Bay all the way down to Venice. The beaches are wide and beautiful with amazing sand and calm waters. People come here to get a tan and enjoy mid sized cities that are artsy and have a good quality of life.
The Nature Coast
This stretch of coast runs from Tarpon Springs up to the big bend region. It encompasses New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Thonosassa. It is full of mangroves, not so many beaches and chock full of wildlife, birds and reptiles of all sorts.
Named for being the home to the Kennedy Space center, the space coast focuses around Merritt Island, Titusville, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. Its beachfront is beautiful and it serves as a strongly connected area to Orlando and central Florida since its beaches are the closest.
Lee Island Coast
This is the jewel of Southwest Florida which is mostly encompassed by Lee County. It includes the beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Pine and many little barrier islands. The boating experiences are beautiful and the nature is truly a mix of mangroves and beaches.
The name comes from the many Spanish Galleons that sunk off this coast in the waters of the Atlantic. It includes St. Lucie and Martin counties as well as Indian River. It has enjoyed steady growth as a distant suburb of Miami and Palm Beach.
The Gold Coast
This is the South Florida so many are familiar with, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County and Broward County. The name was coined to describe the ritz and opulent lifestyle one can find along these shores and intercostal waterways. Millionaire homes and yachts as well as high end resorts.
The Forgotten Coast
This most recently named of all the coasts is very quiet and underdeveloped in comparison with the rest of Florida. It encompasses everything stretching from the Westernmost Cape San Blas Eastward to Dog Island. The Apalachicola Bay is the extension into which the Gulf of Mexico flows. The beaches have white sand, loads of wild life, with extensive oysters and shrimp production.
The First Coast
Very aptly named, the first coast is the areas around St. Augustine and Daytona, Anastasia Island. The colonial city is 500 years old and has a historic charm to it. The scenic A1A highway is a great way to see the beautiful forests and terrain of this Northeastern Florida terrain.