As the school year drags on, many feel that itch for a warm getaway. As lonely eyes turn to Florida, it’s difficult to narrow down the best April vacation destinations. There’s literally hundreds of possible places in Florida to get away from the stress of everyday life, so how do you choose?

Well, do you dream of warm beaches or adventure attractions? Do you want a full home for your family, or more of a cozy beach bungalow? You can find all that and more on FloridaRentals.com. We wanted to share the short list of our favorite April vacation spots, along with a few reasons each is worth visiting. Happy planning!

Top Florida April Vacation Destinations

Anna Maria Island

A mere 20 minutes from Bradenton, laid-back Anna Maria Island awaits. What feels like “old” Gulf Coast Florida with strict business regulations, little to no car traffic, and a peaceful way of life. That’s right, you won’t find any chain restaurants or high-rise, view-blocking buildings here. And oh, the beaches! A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line the barrier island of Anna Maria Island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. It won’t be difficult to unwind here.

Miami Beach

High end shopping, the finest of dining, and dazzling turquoise waters are synonymous with Miami Beach.

Of course, any discussion of the top activities in this area starts with South Beach. Miles of pristine sand and sun worshippers dot the coast. There’s plenty of opportunity for body surfing, boogie boarding, and windsurfing along the ocean. Nearby, take a bike ride in Flamingo Park or play tennis. For a more active beach day, consider a trip to Hobie Park where water sports like windsurfing and snorkeling are popular.

With all due respect to NYC, this city never sleeps either. You’ll find plenty of fun on the Miami Beach Boardwalk, a scenic 40-block path with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and funky architecture on the other. Speaking of, the Art Deco area showcases bold, bright coloring on buildings of various heights.Treat yourself to some retail therapy along Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. Both streets offer endless dining options and upscale shopping.

Destin

Offering emerald green waters flanked by miles of sugar white sand (perfect for building sand castles) it’s no wonder Destin’s known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico highlight the area’s many attractions – both by land and by sea. It’s easy to spend an entire day outdoors when there are sport fishing, parasailing, and scuba diving opportunities galore.

With over 340 days of sunshine per year, and average temperatures that never drop below 60 during the day, this is a world-class retreat any month of the year, but especially in April.

The beach (and all that comes with it) is the main attraction. From sunbathing and surfing to snorkeling and scuba, you won’t lack for activities by the ocean. For the boating crowd, head to Crab Island, the area’s famous sandbar, to socialize. Off the shoreline, hike or bike your way through 200 miles of preserved trails.

Panama City Beach

If you’re searching for the best of what Florida offers (think sun, sand, family attractions, and nightlife) set your sights on Panama City Beach. Adventures abound on the land and sea, as an afternoon jetskiing gives way to an evening dining on delectable seafood. The “Spring Break capital of the world” comes alive in March and April, that’s for sure, but it also welcomes visitors the other 11 months of the year. With over 300 sunny days per year, and temperatures hovering in the low 80’s, there’s no bad time to book a trip.

Of course, on a trip to PCB, the beach is your home base. The titular beach offers 27 miles of sun drenched sand where travelers can splash in the Gulf of Mexico, build a sandcastle, or boogie board the day away. St. Andrews State Beach Park offers kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling alongside miles of available beachfront. At Camp Helen State Park, on the western edge of the town, you’ll be able to find more beach areas, sand dunes, and even a lake.

Hollywood

Hollywood Beach, Florida is family-friendly, fun, and fabulous. With pristine beaches and one of America’s best boardwalks to explore, you’ll find plenty to do and see here. Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami in Broward County, Hollywood is the best of both worlds: sunny days in the sand mixed with adventure attractions.

Hollywood’s famous Boardwalk was named one of “America’s Best by Travel + Leisure magazine” and it’s among the first beaches in Florida to be designated as a Blue Wave Beach. That means it’s among the nation’s cleanest, safest, and most user-friendly beaches. On the boardwalk, there’s bikers, joggers, and walkers sharing the space with lovely shopping opportunities and street-side entertainment. Dozens of eateries and inns line the Broadwalk and the promenade also features the Hollywood Beach Theatre, a children’s water playground at Charnow Park, and many other attractions. The Boardwalk connects three oceanside parks. The parks feature old-fashioned fun like paddleball, whimsical fountains, and free live music. What are you waiting for?

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is a seaside community in Okaloosa County, Florida bordered by the Santa Rosa Sound to the south and Choctawhatchee Bay and Cinco Bayou to the north. Fort Walton Beach makes the perfect backdrop for a Florida getaway, minus the fuss. Think the emerald green waters of Destin, the active nightlife of Tampa Bay, and the laid back vibe of the keys – that’s Fort Walton Beach. You’ll find endless parks, waterfront activities, and sugar white sand in this hamlet located between Pensacola and Panama City. This deep sea fishing capital is its own destination with plenty to do, not just a stop over. Fort Walton Beach is an excellent vacation spot for families interested in relaxation, shopping, and exciting local events.

Marco Island

The largest of Florida’s “Ten Thousand Islands” Marco Island is also the most developed of the group. Luxury rental homes, well-manicured parks, and flawless beaches dot the landscape. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide endless entertainment and relaxation. Hunt for seashells while you pack together sand for the perfect castle. Take a fan boat through the Everglades to experience southern Florida’s amazing ecosystem.

As we mentioned, your time on Marco Island should begin and end with the beach. Two of the most popular spots are Tigertail Beach and South Marco Beach. Tigertail Beach offers volleyball nets, boardwalks, a butterfly garden, showers, restrooms and umbrella and beach chair rentals. Nearby South Marco Beach also offers a beautiful beach oasis for sunning and activities like snorkeling, parasailing and windsurfing.

For shelling, you’ll want to plan a day trip to Keewaydin Island where kids will love playing and digging,and adults will love the tranquil turquoise waters. Mackle Park is community oriented and beautiful. You can walk the path around the pond, shoot some hoops, shuffleboard, bocce ball, or go inside to the game room. For boating excursions, sunset cruises, and deep sea fishing charters the Isles of Capri Marina is most likely where you’ll be leaving from. These trips out on the water are definitely worth the cost as the experience is unforgettable.

Key Largo

Calling all couples, friends, and families who love warm ocean waters and endless diving opportunities. Key Largo is your new favorite place. If you’re planning a trip to the Florida Keys, Key Largo is a great destination for a weekend getaway or a short day trip, full of exciting things to do and a host of great events year-round. Located just about 60 miles from downtown Miami, this small piece of paradise is well within reach, offering tourists pristine beaches, fantastic resorts, and plenty of underwater and island adventures to keep them entertained all year long.

With over 320 sunny days per year you’ll most likely get the weather you want, no matter when you visit – but especially in April!

New Smyrna Beach

Ever been to Florida’s Central Atlantic Coast? Think white sandy shorelines and charming little beach towns. You’ll find all that and more in New Smyrna. This area is rooted in local culture and that shines through in the cozy downtown area with shops, art museums, and coastal architecture galore.

Your family will enjoy discovering the hidden adventures offered here, like the drivable beach, eco-tourism, and unique history. NSB was settled way back in 1768 by a Scottish physician and 1,000 Spanish settlers who intended to grow indigo, sugarcane, and hemp. The area really took off in 1892, when the famously entrepreneurial Henry Flagler provided rail service to the town and a resort boom was born.

Naples

Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a glitzy Florida vacation. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. Miles of fine sand beaches, gentle turquoise waters, and friendly locals are synonymous with this area. Shoppers delight in searching for antiques, home furnishings, clothes and jewelry. With its beautiful neighborhoods and grand architecture, the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing.

Snowbirds flock here during the winter as it’s popular among retirees and those looking to escape the harsh northern winters. World class dining and shopping draw wealthy travelers to the area. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide endless entertainment and relaxation, too. Hunt for seashells while you pack together sand for the perfect castle. Take a fan boat through the Everglades to experience southern Florida’s amazing ecosystem. Don’t forget to pack your clubs – this city is famous for its incredible golfing.

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