Posted: August 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Swim Guide wants to help you find the best beaches in Florida for the month of August 2017. We have put together a list of beaches Swim Guide recommends based on their consistent excellent water quality (they passed water quality test more than 95% of the time in 2017), and the beaches’ popularity with our users. We’ve also confirmed that these beaches are open this summer.

Happy swimming!

The Best Beaches in Florida

Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Dubois Park has a guarded beach area and snorkeling lagoon. In addition this park hosts boat ramps and slips, playground, picnic areas, restroom and shower facilities. Dubois Park is also the site of historical places including an Indian mound and the Dubois pioneer home but these are not available to the public.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
This public beach provides an access point to the Atlantic coast of Hutchinson Island. Popular activities for beachgoers include fishing, surfing, swimming, shelling, snorkeling and windsurfing. The grounds also host the Elliot Museum, and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is across the street. Lifeguards are on duty. Additional amenities include concessions, picnic areas, restrooms, paved parking and dune crossovers. Admission/use fee schedule may apply. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply.

Photo by Kim Seng

Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
This beach gives people access to the Atlantic coast at the southern end of Hutchinson Island. Bathtub Public Beach is popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, windsurfers and beachcombers. Families can enjoy the wading pools protected from the surf by the area’s reef. Lifeguards are on duty. Onsite amenities include river boardwalk, nature center, parking, dune crossovers, restrooms and showers.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Located in Fort Lauderdale’s serene South Beach Park, this beautiful beach is at the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Beachgoers enjoy the park scenery and landscape. At the north end of the beach there are a variety of shops on Fort Lauderdale Beach in a short beachfront walk. There’s plenty of room to spread out here, so enjoy the soft sand and tropical blue water.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
This undeveloped sandy beach provides residents and visitors a beach with natural surroundings. There is ample parking, a nature trail, showers and a picnic area, but the biggest attraction is the natural area offered for wildlife at this beach. You will find sea turtles, tropical plants, and many species of fish. These 342 acres of natural land will not disappoint beach goers and nature lovers alike.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
This beach park consists of 2.5 acres along the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline. Operating hours are dawn to 9 p.m., year-round. Parking fees apply. Onsite amenities include picnic shelters with grills, playground, volleyball court and restrooms.

Photo by Alex Behrens

Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Bahia Honda State Park features an award winning beach and historic bridge. The park encompasses over 500 acres and the offshore island offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida. There are multiple beaches, so visit the ocean or bay side beach, loggerhead beach or sandspur beach. A nature trail near the park’s oceanside beach skirts a tidal lagoon before passing through a coastal hardwood hammock. Bicycling and inline skating is popular on the park’s 3.5-mile (5.6 km) paved road, and several fishing and picnicking spots are available in the area. The park has a marina with boat slips available for overnight rental. Campsites (primitive and full hook-up) and vacation cabins are available, although reservations for the winter months can be very difficult to get. The park is also a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. There is a complete gift shop, snack bar, kayak rentals and daily snorkeling tours to the fabulous Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
This is area used by fishermen. It is located between Hutchinson Island and the mainland at Jensen Beach on S.R. 707. Onsite amenities include boat launch, picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, pavilions and restrooms. Parking is free. Fishing regulations/licenses may apply.
  • 27th Street beach access in New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County Daytona
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Bordering Canaveral National Seashore, this 3.4- acre park is leased by the County from the City of New Smyrna. Admission is free, and operating hours are sunrise to sunset. Amenities include basketball courts, boardwalks, a fishing dock, picnic areas, playground and racquetball courts and more. This site also offers restrooms, beach access ramp and off beach parking for those seeking fun along the Atlantic shores.
Passed 100% of recreational water quality tests in 2017
Amelia Island Plantation is a luxury resort that began in 1971. The original owners/developers desired to design the resort to balance resort amenities with the natural surroundings. The resort consists of over 1,000 acres, nine restaurants, a four star hotel, numerous tennis courts and four golf courses. The grounds hosted a professional women’s tennis tournament for nearly twenty years and still boasts championship golf courses. The AIP continues to draw events and festivities to the First Coast region.

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