Which beaches have more of a carribean ‘feel’ in Florida?.. (“north” of the keys.) :)
Having lived in the bahamas, the gulf coast is closer than miami beach (the water notwithstanding).
The Keys and Gasparilla island in particular.
I see little resemblance of our beaches to the Caribbean beaches. However, since a large segment of Dade County's population, including Miami Beach came from the Caribbean Basin's nations, there is a huge cultural and culinary influence present
The Gulf Coast is more relaxed. If anyone tells you our Gulf Coast "looks" like the Caribbean, they haven't been to the prettier islands.
But, once again, I would rather visit the Gulf Coast because it is more laid back.
Miami Beach is a big, wealthy urban area unlike anything in the Caribbean (other tan Caymans?), though Cartagena would have considerably more charm. The Yucatán resorts are possibly comparable in terms of tourist density, but not the cultural activities.
The Sarastota beaches are affluent, rather lush, and Siesta Key is especially well known for its sand, nearly pure white quartz. A local heritage feature is 1950s Modern houses by well known architects of the era.Edited: 23 June 2018, 08:44
The closest beach that may resemble the carribean would be at Bahia Honda state park. Shallow beach, nice colors,very hot. The Dry Tortugas national park, facing south would be the other one.
I was going to visit Gaspirrila this summer, but their are talks about red tide.