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Flagler Beach Florida: Where to go. What to do.

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Flagler Beach Florida: Where to go. What to do.

After visiting and checking out the area of Crescent Beach, we made our way farther south to Flagler Beach Florida. I’m so glad we did. What a great little beach town that is not as crowded as nearby Daytona Beach or St. Augustine.

Where is Flagler Beach located? 

Flagler Beach is located on the Atlantic coast of Florida.  South of St. Augustine but north of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach. Flagler County along the Palm Coast truly has some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. 

How can I get to Flagler Beach?

The closest airport to Flagler Beach is Daytona Beach airport, but Orlando is a close second roughly 50 miles inland. I have found that you can get much cheaper flights in and out of Orlando as it is a larger airport than Daytona Beach or Jacksonville. Check the flights here: Travelocity Orlando Flights.

Driving? Whichever way you are traveling on I-95, the exit for Flagler Beach is FL-100. East over the Intracoastal Waterway to State Road A1A. Very easy to drive in and out of this beach town with easy access to the ocean.

What is Flagler Beach known for?

Flagler Beach on Florida’s East Coast, is known for its less crowded, gorgeous beaches, fishing, and surfing. It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with plenty of parks and nature trails to explore.  

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This old Florida beach town is also home to many restaurants, coffee shops and cute stores. We had lunch at the Funky Pelican which is located right at the Flagler Beach Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The waves were insane the day we were there due to storms, but we were able to see people fishing from the pier.

Is Flagler Beach a nice beach? 

Yes, Flagler Beach is a very nice beach. The sand is a pretty mixture of colors and soft to walk on. 

The water is clean plus the beaches have lifeguards and are not crowded making this a great place for those looking to get away from the noise. Many trees along the roads provide shade. 

What are the best things to do in Flagler Beach, Florida?

If you’re looking for a laid-back beach town with plenty of things to do, then look no further than Flagler Beach, Florida. This small city on the Atlantic coast is perfect for a relaxing vacation or weekend getaway. 

Here are some of the best things to do in Flagler Beach:

1. Go fishing: Flagler Beach is known for its great fishing. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or woman or just getting started, there’s plenty of fish to be caught off the pier or from the shore.

2. Take a walk on the Flagler Beach boardwalk:  Flagler Beach has a boardwalk stretching almost two miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Definitely one of the best things to do in the area. 

flagler beach near pier

Visitors can enjoy the fresh ocean air, stunning views, and even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming by. It’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll, people watch, and enjoy the ocean breeze.

3. Visit Flagler Pier: Flagler Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Flagler beach. It’s a great place to fish, walk, or just relax and take in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. We had lunch at the Funky Pelican located next to the pier.

4. Play in the sand: Flagler Beach has some of the best beaches in Florida. Soak up the sun, build sandcastles, or go for a swim in the waves.

5. Explore nature: Flagler beach is surrounded by parks and nature trails. Take a hike through one of the many trails or go bird watching in one of the parks.

6. Shop til you drop: Flagler Beach has a variety of gift shops and boutiques for all your shopping needs. From souvenirs to beachwear, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in one of the funky shops.

7. Grab a bite: Flagler Beach has plenty of great restaurants, cafés, and bars to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, burgers, or ice cream, you’ll find it here many with an ocean view.

8. Go for a ride: Flagler Beach is a great place to rent a bike or go for a leisurely stroll. There are also many businesses that offer Segway tours and pontoon boat rides.

9. Attend a festival: Flagler beach is home to many festivals throughout the year, including the popular Seafood Festival, the Art & Wine Festival, and the Christmas on the Beach festival.

10. Relax: Flagler Beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax. There are plenty of beaches, parks, and other quiet places to unwind and take time for you.

11. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area. This is one of the most popular attractions in Flagler Beach and one of the most beautiful state parks located on a barrier island. This state park is a 145 acre park and named after Florida folk singer Gamble Rogers.

Gamble Rogers is home to a variety of activities and more, including a beach, nature trails, and a campground. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, picnicking, and kayaking and beautiful sunrises. 

Showers, restrooms, and camping. The campground is a very popular destination as it has 34 sites located on the primary dune of the beach and 34 sites located on the riverside. One of the most beautiful natural parks in Florida. Pack a lunch and enjoy a beach view from a picnic table.

12. Flagler Beach Historical Museum. Flagler Beach Historical Museum is a local history and natural history museum located at 207 South Central Avenue. It is one block away from the fishing pier.

Many collections to view including pre-historic, Native American, and colonial plantation artifacts to images and items from our town’s roaring 1920s and World War II encounters with German Submarines.

13. North Peninsula State Park. Another gorgeous state park to put on your must-visit list. This state park with its scenic walking trail is located along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

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14. Washington Oaks State Park. You may remember I mentioned this state park in the Crescent Beach article. The formal gardens are out of this world with my favorite being the rose garden. Smells divine!

15. Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. The Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. In 1836 the Seminole War ended the thriving Bulow family business. The ruins of the former plantation, sugar mill, unique spring house, several wells and the crumbling foundations of the plantation house and slave cabins are all still available for viewing.

Where to stay in Flagler Beach.

There are several hotels available, but the most popular was the Flagler Beach Hotel. It had its grand opening in 1925 but was torn down in 1972. You may not be able to stay at this once famous hotel, but there are many other options available including the beachfront motel, Flagler Beach Motel.

The Flagler Beach Motel has been called the motel with rooms with a view. Literally right on the beach with amazing ocean views. Studio apartments to 3-bedroom accommodations and an outdoor pool.

You can see all the hotels available with comfy beds here: Flagler Beach Hotels.

Vacation rentals? There are plenty. Check VRBO here: Flagler Beach Vacation Rentals and find your perfect vacation home away from home.

Restaurants near Flagler Beach Florida

I mentioned we had lunch at the Funky Pelican at the pier located in Flagler Beach while in Crescent Beach. This Flagler Beach restaurant sat right on the water with amazing views most of the restaurant can see.

After driving around for what felt like a long time, we did find several other great options for dining and ice cream too near the Flagler Beach pier including:

1. Flagler Fish Company. This seafood restaurant is a must-visit when in Flagler Beach. They offer fresh catches from the local waters, as well as delicious seafood dishes.

2. The Island Grille. If you’re looking for a casual dining experience with great food, then head to The Island Grille. They offer a variety of American and Caribbean dishes that are sure to please everyone in your group.

3. Sammy J’s Boston’s Best Breakfast. For a delicious breakfast, check out Sammy J’s Boston’s Best Breakfast. They serve up a great breakfast brought to you by friendly servers with a smile.

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled vacation or a relaxing weekend getaway, Flagler Beach is the place for you. With so many things to do, you’ll never be bored. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Flagler Beach today!

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About Denise

Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH.  Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise

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