These Are the Best Florida Spring Break Beaches For Your Family Vacation

Multiracial group of friends walking at the beach

It’s no secret that Florida is one of the most desirable spring break destinations. Each year, families and students flock to The Sunshine State to unwind, soak up the sun, and enjoy a much-needed break from work and school.  The St. George Island State Park was Voted the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2023!  If you’re looking to avoid the crowds this year, why not plan a relaxing getaway to St. George Island, FL? With pristine shorelines and exciting activities, the island is home to the best Florida spring break beaches for a family getaway.
Once you visit, we think you’ll agree; St. George Island has the best Florida spring break beaches! For more recommendations about things to do on spring break in Florida, head over to our Things to Do page. It’s full of tips to help you plan the ultimate beach vacation, including suggestions about the best family activities local dining, excursions, attractions, and more. Vacation planning has never been easier!

4 of the Best Florida Spring Break Beaches
There’s no place more beautiful than Florida in the spring. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing vacation, consider one of the following St. George Island beaches:

1. St. George Island Beach
Known as one of the most beautiful destination beaches in the country, St. George Island beach boasts some of the clearest waters you have ever seen. The uncrowded shorelines are ideal for swimming, beachcombing, or simply lounging in the sunshine. Build a sandcastle with the kids, splash in the Gulf, or sink your toes in the sand and relax. The sound of gentle waves will carry you to a state of pure bliss!
In addition to pristine shorelines, St. George Island beach has bathhouse facilities, pavilions for picnics, a playground for the kiddos, and a ball court. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach, so feel free to bring Fido!

2. Unit 4 Beach
Unit 4 Beach is located on the bayside of the island and offers total seclusion. Lounge by the shoreline and enjoy the natural setting of this peaceful oasis. Or, bring kayaks and enjoy a family paddle through serene waters. Unit Four Beach is also a prime destination for birding, fishing, and hiking. Bring your binoculars and keep an eye out for heron, diving osprey, eagles, and more. There is limited parking, so we recommend arriving early. Leashed dogs are welcome.

3. St. George Island State Park
With powder-soft sand and sparkling blue waters, St. George Island State Park is by far one of the best beaches in Florida for Spring Break.  Located on the Gulf-side of the island, this beach offers plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, and more. Comb the shore for shells, play in the Gulf, and look for dolphins leaping in the distance. Although some areas of the park are currently undergoing repairs, the East Slough Beach Use Area is now open for parking and beach access.

4. Cape St. George Island State Reserve
You may just have the entire beach to yourself when you visit the Cape St. George Island State Reserve! Located on Little St. George Island, this 9-mile stretch of shoreline features untouched beaches, scenic hiking trails, and plentiful wildlife-viewing opportunities. The reserve is only accessible by boat, which makes it even more secluded. To get there, we recommend hopping on a sailing charter, or taking a guided tour to the reserve with Journey’s of Saint George Island.

Book Your Stay in a Collins Vacation Rental
So, there you have it! When it comes to the best Florida spring break destinations for families, no place compares to St. George Island! Experience our island paradise to the fullest when you book your stay in a Collins Vacation Rental. We offer a wide array of incredible vacation homes, many of which are located right on the beach! From pet-friendly rentals to large, luxury homes, we are sure to have the ideal accommodations for your stay.

Guests staying at select, participating Collins Vacation homes can also access several complimentary activities through Xplorie. These may include yoga on the beach, kayak rental, complimentary bike rentals, golfing at St. Joe Golf Course, Aunt Eby’s Ice Cream, Coffee & Ceam or free admission to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. So, what are you waiting for? Browse all properties and contact us to book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome your family for spring break!


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