As the school year drags on, many feel that itch for a warm getaway. If you are considering Florida, it can be difficult to narrow down the best April vacation destinations. There are so many great places to visit in Florida whether you are looking for the beach, adventure or a little of both, we can help you find the perfect location. 

There are so many vacation rentals to choose from whether you want a house, or condo or a cool unique bungalow. You can find all that and more on We chose some of the best and most popular places to go for Spring Break and there is a reason people go back year after year! 

Originally Published: November 13, 2018 

Top Florida April Vacation Destinations

Anna Maria Island

Laid-back Anna Maria Island awaits for travelers looking for a relaxed beach vacation. 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! This island has white sand beaches for miles. It won’t be difficult to unwind here.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is known for its trendy shopping, world renowned dining and gorgeous beaches. South Beach is a top attraction and destination for tourists and locals alike. 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. For a more active beach day, consider a trip to Hobie Park where water sports like windsurfing and snorkeling are popular.


It’s easy to spend an entire day outdoors here 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 with beautiful green waters and all the activities that come with it, like snorkeling and scuba, are easily the main attraction. Crab Island is also a well-known sandbar to hang out and party it up a bit.

Panama City Beach

With over 300 sunny days per year, and temperatures hovering in the low 80’s, there’s no bad time to book a trip. The beaches are what most people come here for with swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and jet skiing as popular activities. You can also just relax with a book or build a sandcastle — the possibilities of fun in the sun are endless!  


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.

The Boardwalk connects three oceanside parks and has many restaurants, shops and attractions to check out. 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 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. They are also well-known for their deep sea fishing. This is a great place for families, couples or singles to visit.

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. 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. For boating excursions, sunset cruises, and deep sea fishing charters the Isles of Capri Marina is most likely where you’ll be leaving from.

Key Largo

Calling all couples, friends, and families who love warm ocean waters and endless diving opportunities. Key Largo is your new favorite place. They have untouched white sand beaches, lots of events and great restaurants and beach bars to check out.

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.


Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a high-end Florida vacation. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. 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.


Matt Moretti has worked in the travel and vacation rental industry for over a decade. He loves helping travelers find the best places to eat, the best things to do, and the perfect vacation rental for their trip.

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