By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
August 10, 2021
You’re finally on vacation and have just settled on your lounge chair for a long-awaited, relaxing day at the beach. As you gaze out over the smooth white sand, crystal clear turquoise waves splash onto the shore in a hypnotizing rhythm. A warm, gentle breeze begins to lull you into a deep state of calm.
Suddenly a large family appears and sets up an elaborate camp in front of you, blocking your view with tarps, tents and chairs as children run in circles around you, flinging Frisbees past your head. A chain-smoking couple plops into your gentle breeze and turns up the volume on your least favorite music genre. Behind you, a frustrated mom screams at her toddler to finish his sandwich. This was not how it looked on Instagram.
Even before social distancing began, an overcrowded beach could be less than relaxing. Now that proximity to strangers could be a health and safety concern, it’s worth the effort to look for places where you can enjoy a little more space on the sand.
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, with dozens of popular spots along its Atlantic and Gulf coasts. But among its more than 800 miles of sandy shoreline, there are also lots of places to go that are less likely to be crowded. Here are a few to consider: