With sand so white you’d think it was fresh-fallen snow, Perdido Key State Park tempts with a slice of natural beach amid condos and hotels crowding the Gulf Coast at Florida’s westernmost point.
Location: Perdido Key
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
While most visitors gravitate to the sand and surf for sunbathing and swimming, don’t neglect the fact that the park stretches from waterfront to waterfront. A nature trail runs along the bay side of the park, offering views of an estuary where dolphins are frequent visitors.