The “20 Best Florida Beaches and Coastal Cities” is written by Gillian Birch and was first published on May 2, 2012.
Gillian Birch is a Florida travel writer for BellaOnline and has also written several other Florida guide books, namely Days Out in Central Florida from The Villages, Favorite Days Out in Central Florida by Villages Residents, Days Out Around Orlando and Days Out Around Orlando with Children.
What is slightly unusual about this book is that it is available as a both a colour and a cheaper black and white paperback edition and also as an electronic Kindle edition
The author takes you on a journey around Florida’s coastline starting at Amelia Island on the northern Florida Atlantic Coast and ending up at Pensacola on the Gulf Coast. On your way you are introduced to many famous beaches and coastal cities plus a few you may not have heard of including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Key West, Sanibel Island, Tarpon Springs and Cape San Blas. It is like travelling around Florida with a local guide.
The 20 Best Florida Beaches and Coastal Cities is a slim volume and each location gets around four pages including a potted history, highlights, fascinating facts and trivia and how to get there. There is also a photograph (in colour in the colour edition), details of hotels and local restaurants of note plus tips on things to do in the surrounding area including annual events.
Subtitled “A look at the history, highlights and things to do in some of Florida’s best beaches and coastal cities (Volume 1)” gives a clue as to the likelihood of another volume. With some many beautiful beaches in Florida, it is difficult to only pick twenty.
This book is written in an informative style and will appeal to anyone wanting to get ideas about vacationing in a particular beach location. For example it points out useful details such as the best beach for sand sculpturing, where to find shark teeth and where to see genuine Greek sponge divers.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition. This is only the first edition of 20 Best Florida Beaches and Coastal Cities but you can purchase a cheaper black and white (rather than colour) edition.