If you're looking for an idyllic four-season getaway on Florida's north central coast, Crystal Beach may be exactly the place you have in mind. This Florida vacation paradise is popular with locals but still feels like a hidden gem. Pristine, uncrowded beaches of sugary white sand wind along the Florida coast past miles of blue waves and a boardwalk lined with shops, cafes, local attractions, and lively night spots. This is the perfect destination for a laid back family vacation or a memorable romantic escape. Come here to relax on the beach or hike the inland trails and experience Florida's coastal natural beauty.
No matter what activities you have planned, the best way to enjoy your visit to Crystal Beach is by staying in your own private vacation rental. A trendy condo downtown or a luxury villa just a few steps away from the beach can be the perfect place to unwind. Spend the day shopping, exploring, listening to live music, wandering local craft shops and art galleries, or sailing along the shore. After the sun sets, come home to your beach condo and entertain family and friends with a barbeque on your private deck or a campfire on the sand.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Take a kayaking tour: Sea Kayaking is a popular activity in Crystal Bay. Take a paddling lesson and a guided tour of Florida's marine ecosystems for the chance of shark and stingray sightings.
-Go parasailing: Soar majestically across the sky with a parachute behind you to catch the wind and a speed boating pulling you forward across the waves. This is an exhilarating way to see the beautiful Florida coast from above.
-See the manatees: Visit a local wilderness preserve to see these gentle sea creatures interacting in their natural habitat.
-Go horseback riding on the beach: Several stables in the Crystal Beach area offer visitors the chance to take a guided trail ride or sunset gallop along the beach.
-Experience a dinner cruise: As the sun goes down over the Atlantic Ocean, raise a glass and enjoy a gourmet meal on the deck of a luxury sailboat.
-Join a deep sea fishing excursion: Sign on for a charter trip into the deep water to pursue game species like marlin, grouper, and swordfish.
No matter what time of year you plan your trip, you'll find plenty of fun, exciting and relaxing things to do in the Crystal Beach area. Also, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect vacation house with all the room you need to store your beach gear. While you're visiting Crystal Beach, consider side trips to popular nearby destinations like Indian Rocks Beach and Amelia Island.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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