The Most Beautiful Places in Northern Florida

Stuart, Florida Sailfish Fountain | Mitch Kloorfain/Flickr
Stuart, Florida Sailfish Fountain | Mitch Kloorfain/Flickr
Photo of Aisha Moktadier
3 October 2019

Sure, Florida is home to Miami, which is a world-renowned city for its glitz and glamor. However, Florida is also home to some very beautiful gems sprinkled throughout the northern part of the state. From quiet beaches to gorgeous architecture, check out these six cities that are so beautiful it feels like they’re out of a dream.


Pensacola Watercolor Sunset | Lindsay Attaway/Flickr

This waterfront city located on the Florida panhandle boasts the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, where guests can come and catch a gorgeous, fiery Florida sunset. You can also visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, visit the historic Fort Barrancas, or see the Pensacola Naval Air Station. For those looking for beautiful beaches, there is Johnson Beach and Santa Rosa island, where you can get your fill of sun and water. You’ll also find little specialty shops and art galleries sprinkled throughout Pensacola, like Quayside and Blue Morning Gallery. This spot is definitely great for those looking for a mix of culture, nature, and history.

Cedar Key

Cedar Key Buildings | Monik Markus/Flickr

Cedar Key is a great spot for kayaking and canoeing and is also home to a lot of history and culture. Here you can visit the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, while old buildings in their traditional architectural styles still stand and are particular favorites for guests. There are wildlife refuges and beautiful beaches, so it’s also perfect for the person who loves being outside in nature, or doing water sports. Nature trails and little specialty shops, like Island Arts and Island Thyme Antiques, line this town and bring it to life.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine Sunset On The Water | Moultrie Creek/Flickr

St. Augustine is rich with culture and history, being the oldest city in the US. Here you can find breathtaking sunsets, plus an airboat safari, ghost tour, wildlife reserve, and a ton of historic sites still standing. These include the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Castillo de San Marcos, Mission of Nombre de Dios, and the Lightner Museum. For guests looking to explore the city and its history, there is a hop-on-hop-off tour that will take you to all the major spots. Get your cameras ready, you’ll fall in love with the architecture of America’s first city.

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