Hikes along beaches or trails that are connected to beachfront access along both Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast, as well as along barrier islands and bays and inlets throughout the state. These hikes provide balmy salt breezes, sweeping scenery, and an opportunity to enjoy a swim after your walk.
In general, beach hikes are day hikes. While you can backpack the Seashore section of the Florida Trail, camping is not permitted along the beach itself. Florida’s last beach backpacking destination with oceanfront camping, at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, was cut off from the mainland by Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Florida's Best Beach Hikes
These are beach hikes we consider some of the best in the state. Some are short and easy, others can take much of a day. Some require arranging transportation by boat to get to remote barrier islands where you can ramble.