The Sunshine State is known for the glitzy metropolis of Miami, but it's also home to tons of charming small towns. Escape to one of these destinations for a laid-back Florida vibe.
This in Florida's panhandle is the place for fresh catch. Book a room at a charming inn and learn about the local oyster, timber, and fishing history or relax on miles of unspoiled beaches in nearby St. George's Island.
Step back in time on this barrier island where strict regulations govern the type of buildings and businesses allowed. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Florida's main peninsula, features seven miles of white-sand beach. Its sleepy downtown offers antique retailers, galleries, and high-quality seafood restaurants. Hop on the free trolley or stroll the wooden City Pier dating back to 1911.
Sister to nearby Sanibel, this on Florida's southwest coast offers biking, sailing, birding, and a variety of water activities. Its tropical topography of giant cacti and bougainvillea vines is a picturesque backdrop for the already stunning sunsets that attract visitors from far and wide.
About an hour southwest of Gainesville, is known for its restaurants and shops perched on stilts above the Gulf of Mexico. The old-fashioned vibe invites visitors to wander through art and souvenir shops in downtown where you can pause for a tasty bowl of clam chowder or the catch of the day.
Swim with manatees at this beloved by nature-seekers. The springs flow at a constant 72 degrees creating an ideal home for the gentle giants when the temperature drops in the Gulf of Mexico. For golf and fine dining, visit the , a 50-year-old, 232-acre eco-friendly resort.
This between Pensacola and Tallahassee was established as a railroad stop in the 1880s. Boasting the oldest library still serving the public, it's also home to a retro hotel and Victorian homes surrounding Lake DeFuniak—one of only two naturally circular bodies of water in the world.
One of the oldest towns on Florida's west coast, features a walkable downtown, four miles of waterfront, and popular craft breweries. The town's annual Scottish celebrations honor its heritage and history as once one of Florida's chief seaport and trading centers.
This on Florida's northeastern border boasts 13 miles of pristine beaches. Visit during the May's or year-round for top-notch golf, upscale resorts, and quaint bed and breakfasts. A walkable downtown is popular for boutiques and a variety of restaurants.
Known as the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World," this sits 90 minutes south of Miami in the Florida Keys. Enjoy views of the aqua blue waters from its various bridges and fresh seafood at its many waterfront restaurants.
Part fishing village and part artists' enclave, this over the bridge from Pine Island is quintessential old Florida. Enjoy the bohemian charm by visiting shops, galleries, seafood markets, or hanging out at the community park.
Just 15 minutes south of Gainesville, this features dozens of antique vendors on oak-lined Cholokka Boulevard. The annual brings out music and crafts, but you can also escape the crowds in nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and watch wildlife from a 50-foot-high observation tower.
Set on the shores of Lake Dora, an hour from Orlando, this "" offers a more than 100-year-old historic village and a myriad of annual festivals. Book a room at a country inn or bed and breakfast and spend the day antiquing in the city center.
Enjoy 51 miles of waterfront and a National Register of Historic Places downtown 45 minutes north of St. Petersburg. Named for its fish-abundant waters, is also the "sponge capital of the world" and has the largest percentage of Greek Americans of any U.S. city. Explore the brick-streets lined with art galleries and businesses in buildings from the late 1800s.
Leave the car behind at this walkable and bike-friendly in northwest Florida. The setting for The Truman Show, its orderly streets and downtown offer quaint cafes and food vendors in airstream trailers just a stone's throw from the sugar-white sand beach.
In the center of the Florida peninsula, this city's historic downtown is designed in a circle with boutiques and galleries for perusing. It's also home to a variety of parks and lakes and the .
North of Orlando, this offers a small town feel outside Disney's hometown. The location of Rollins College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art, its walkable downtown is packed with restaurants, upscale shopping, and parks that play host to various events throughout the year.