Powdery-white sands, turquoise-blue waters, beachfront eateries, and spectacular sunset views make for the perfect getaway. But there's no need to travel to a distant, exotic locale to enjoy these amenities. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are just a few hours away. You don't even need a passport to find them. With nearly 1200 miles of coastline, Florida offers everything travelers need to immerse themselves in some well-deserved relaxation. Famous for its vacation venues, there are more than 800 beaches in the Sunshine State to choose from. Snorkeling, kayaking, and biking are just a few of the activities you'll find. Or, if you're looking for nothing more than laying under a sun-filled sky and soaking up some rays, the locale choices are endless. Whatever your dream vacation is, you'll have no trouble finding ways to spend your time. Choose your paradise.

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A beautiful morning on Clearwater Beach. The sky is blue and the sand is freshly raked. luvemakphoto / Getty Images

On Florida's western coast, you'll find beautiful Clearwater Beach. Treasured by locals and visitors alike, it's famous for its soft sand, blue waters, and beautiful views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Join in on a game of beach volleyball or try out parasailing and enjoy a bird's eye view of the beach. The shallow, warm waters, pristine beaches, and picturesque sunsets make it a popular spot for families and photographers alike.