The Most Beautiful Sugary Sand Beaches in Florida, According to Southern Living

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There's no shortage of lists evaluating the most beautiful beaches in Florida, but many of them encompass all of the state's beaches without any filters. This type of inclusion makes sense because all of Florida's beaches are arguably beautiful in their own way.

However, some people have criteria for what they consider the perfect beach. For example, some favor white, sugary, or powdery sand without too many shells, shark's teeth, or other materials mixed in. Many people enjoy the soft feeling of this type of sand on their feet and the contrast of the brightly colored sand with the color of the water.

Determining the Best Florida Beaches with the Whitest, Powdery Sand: The publication Southern Living recently released an article entitled "The Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in Florida." In it, the publication examined the sunshine state's 1350 miles of coastline to determine "the most beautiful white sand beaches in Florida, starting on the Panhandle and working our way south."

This list is somewhat unique in that many lists of this type would encompass the panhandle, as that area is known to have the most powdery beaches due to the fine grind of the sand.

Here is the list, and what the publication liked about each beach. Note that although the beaches that begin the list are in north Florida, there are beaches from across the state included.

Pensacola: The site called the beaches in Pensacola "spectacular". Dr. Beach, the Travel Channel, and Trip Advisor have ranked them among the best. Southern Living also appreciated that Pensacola has no less than 15 public beaches spread across 18 miles.

Destin: Southern Living noted that the high quartz content is one reason that Destin's beaches have such soft, white sand. The site also appreciated that the sand remains cool, even during the hot summer months.

Panama City Beach: Southern Living appreciated the ability to have some privacy on Panama's City beaches since there are 27 miles to work with, many of them open to the public. The site suggested Shell Island for those who want to enjoy shelling in relative privacy.

Clearwater Beach: At this point, the list is no longer in north Florida, but is heading toward central Florida. Southern Living appreciated that Clearwater offers 35 miles of public beaches with glistening, pristine sands that often have more width than other beaches - since they stretch from the waterfront to roadways.

Siesta Key: The site noted that Siesta Key has been a TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice in part because it has sand that is arguably as beautiful as some panhandle beaches. Southern Living appreciated Siesta Key's public access since it offers parking, refreshment stands, and a free trolley.

Marco Island: Now we are in southwest Florida on our list. While Southern Living conceded all of the beaches in the Naples area of the state are nice, it admitted a preference for South Marco Beach, which the site said has packed sand that makes it easy to search for shells.

Admittedly, any list which says anything is the "most beautiful" is subjective, but one arguably can't go wrong with any of Florida's beaches, and those listed above do often receive high rankings on travel websites.

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