Florida's Gulf Coast is 770 miles long. However, only 210 miles stretching from Tarpon Springs to the southern tip of the Marco Island near Everglades are available for tourists to explore. But that doesn't mean that they are denied any part of its abundant beauty that finds expression in its white-sand beaches, its wildlife retreats, its charming coastal towns inhabited by as many as 16 coastal communities as well as its cultural magnificence reflected in the performance of Ringling Brothers circus.
Top Attractions in Florida's Gulf CoastFlorida's BeachToward the north lies the area popularly called the Florida's Beach owing to the presence of some of the most pristine coastal beaches here. The soft sands, the swaying palms, and the laid-back vibe define much of your experience in this part of the Gulf Coast. Voted one of the best beach destinations in the US, the Florida's Gulf Coast is lined with splendid beaches such as Clearwater beach, Siesta Key, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Don't forget to witness sunset at Pier 60 on the Clearwater beach, a daily event featuring artisans, crafters, street performers that come together to raise toasts to the day that has passed.
Clearwater Marine AquariumUndertaking the noble actions of animal rescue and rehabilitation, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium educates the visitors and tells them inspirational stories on marine life and other animals that find shelter here. One of the major attractions here is Winter, the tailless dolphin that featured in a 2011 Hollywood movie.
TampaThe biggest city and also a port town, Tampa is one of the most developed areas on the Gulf Coast. Boasting a university, a medical centre and bustling downtown, Tampa has many other tourist attractions that lure visitors here including the Busch Gardens Theme Park, International Plaza & Bay Street, Lowry Park Zoo as well as the Florida Aquarium. With rides, zoos, restaurants, music, events and more, these attractions are ideal for some fun family time in the Florida's Gulf Coast. The Ybor City in Tampa, featuring the Ybor City Museum is an ideal place to be acquainted with the cigar history of Tampa.
Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice municipalityMeet Snooty, the world's oldest manatee in Bradenton and explore the Village of the Arts, Florida's largest artist community. Bradenton is also the gateway to the beaches of the island of Anna Maria. For exploring the Gulf Coast on a budget, hop on to 30 Days of Discovery tour arranged by Sarasota, Bradenton and the Gulf Islands.
Paradise CoastPopular as a winter retreat of the affluent from Canada and New York, the Paradise Coast of Naples is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. Also, a honeymoon destination, the paradise coast boasts luxury shopping avenues, resorts, spas and restaurants. Don't forget to visit the Naples Botanical Garden on the Bayshore Drive, which is home to the sprawling 66-acre Ringling Estate featuring an 18th-century theatre, two circus museums, and a museum of art.
The EvergladesOne of the world's largest conservation areas, the Everglades National Park is a must-visit attraction in the Florida's Gulf Coast. Among the wild animals you can find alligators, the American crocodile, white-tailed deer, otters, raccoons, more than a dozen species of turtles here. Moreover, over 350 species of birds call Everglades National park their home.