Map Of Florida East Coast: Beaches And Cities

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The map of Florida’s east coast is dotted with beautiful beaches and fun lively cities. The maps below give you a sense of just how populated the coast is and how difficult it can be to decide on your next warm vacation.

The state of Florida has over 300 miles of beautiful coastline, but arguably the best coastline is along the east coast of the state that borders the Atlantic Ocean. As many of you probably know, Florida is an extremely popular tourist destination because of its great beaches and year-round sunny days. If you are interested in visiting Florida’s east coast check out this ultimate guide.

I remember visiting my grandmother Adele in Ponce Inlet, Florida, when I was three years old, and she had an IBM electric typewriter. I thought that this electric typewriter was about the most fascinating toy in the world – I liked the little bell and the sounds and the feel of the keys and especially the erase key. – Gabrielle Zevin

Florida History

Overview of the state of Florida. Image source: Wikipedia:

Florida has a very interesting history, even before it became a state.

It is known (from artifacts and fossil records) that ancient Native Americans inhabited Florida as far back as 14,000 years ago. These artifacts were found near watering holes like basins and sinkholes (as most cities are located) because they had fresh water. Obviously, humans need fresh water to survive so this was an easy choice for Paleo-Indians to congregate around those locations.

Around 8000 BC the glaciers that spread across the North American continent began retreating, which changed Florida’s climate and geography drastically. As the glaciers melted the water level steadily rose, which took away parts of Florida’s land. The climate also changed pretty drastically, going from cold and dry to warm and wet (basically what Florida experiences today).

Fast forwarding thousands of years to the 16th century the Europeans were arrived here, which technically marked the beginning of the American Frontier (basically the expansion and colonization of America). When the Europeans arrived there were as many of 350,000 Native Americans who already lived in Florida. Since the Spanish were the first Europeans to find Florida (although some believe that they actually found the Bahamas and when they came to return they landed in Florida instead) they began colonizing the area. A Spanish Fort, Fort Caroline, was created in what would become Jacksonville in 1564, and further south the settlement of St. Augustine was founded. St. Augustine turned into one of the most important colonies in the state and is considered to be the oldest Europen colony in American history.

In 1763 Spain actually traded Florida to Great Britain in exchange for control over the Cuban city of Havana. Most Floridian citizens were actually against independence and did not support (or back) the American colonist’s plight for freedom. After the American Revolution, the Spanish actually seized control of the Florida peninsula (this could be because Spain was an ally of France, who were against the British) and the Treaty of Paris secured all of Florida back to Spain. In 1822 Florida became a territory of the United States, and finally, on March 3, 1845, Florida officially became the 27th state to enter the Union. During the Civil War Florida actually sided with the Confederacy and became extremely important to the Confederacy as a trade hub.

Florida’s East Coast

A map of the East Coast of Florida.

Florida has a plethora of beaches for you to choose from, but the views and water is best (at least in my opinion) on the Atlantic side of the state. Here is a list of Florida beaches with the regions they are located:

East Coast Florida Beaches
American Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Atlantic Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Fernandina Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Flagler Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Jacksonville Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Neptune Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Palm Coast FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Ponte Vedra FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
St Augustine FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Vilano Beach FloridaNortheastern Coast of Florida
Cocoa Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Daytona Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Indian Harbour FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Jensen Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Melbourne Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
New Smyrna Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Ormond Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Playalinda Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Satellite Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Stuart FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Vero Beach FloridaCentral East Coast of Florida
Boca Raton FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Boynton Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Dania Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Deerfield Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Delray Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Fort Lauderdale FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Hallandale Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Haulover Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Highland Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Hillsboro Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Hollywood Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Juno Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Jupiter FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Key Biscayne FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Miami Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
North Palm Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Palm Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Palm Beach ShoresSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Pompano Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Riviera Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
South Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
Sunny Isles FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida
West Palm Beach FloridaSoutheastern Coast of Florida

As you can see, there are a lot of options for you to go to if you want to visit the east coast of Florida. Their beaches are clean, beautiful, and are definitely worth visiting if you have the chance to go.

Now let’s go over the population of some of Florida’s biggest cities:

Largest Cities In Florida
RankCityPopulation (as of 2010)
1Jacksonville821 thousand
2Miami399 thousand
3Tampa335 thousand
4Orlando238 thousand
5Hialeah224 thousand
6St. Petersburg260 thousand
7Tallahassee191 thousand
8Port St. Lucie190 thousand
9Cape Coral183 thousand
10Fort Lauderdale180 thousand

Florida is popular attraction primarily because of the states‘ large coastline (over 300 miles worth) and its beautiful beaches. It is a location where many Northern people visit during the winter because Florida is almost always warm and sunny. If you ever get a chance to visit the state look into going to one of the many east coast beaches along the east coast that we went over today.

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