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Plan your beach vacation with Florida Beach Insider!

By Joshua Gillin
Published: December 14, 2017 Updated: December 14, 2017 at 08:28 PM
Looking for the inside track for your Florida beach vacation? is here to help. [Tampa Bay Times file photo, 2012]

We know how it goes: It's December. It's cold. It starts getting dark at 4:30.

It's not even officially winter yet, but if you're like us, you're already yearning for the sun on your face and sand between your toes.

That's why we're starting a new online guide to the best of Florida's 663 miles of beaches.

Welcome to Florida Beach Insider!

We're going to give you honest and reliable information about the Sunshine State's beach destinations, gathered by the most well-informed sources possible — the people who have been there.

Plan anything from a day trip to a two-week vacation. We will provide tips about things to do, sights to see, places to eat and drink, what the sand is like, whether the kids will have a good time, and even where to find those hidden parking spots.

Check back with us often. We'll be adding locations and information constantly, and also including stories about the places you can visit and the people you could meet.

And if you have a tip of your own, send it to us! It just may end up in our comprehensive profiles of beaches across the state.

You can talk to us on our social media accounts, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And you can always reach yours truly via email at [email protected]. I promise I'll read it, even if I'm under a cabana somewhere.

See you on the sand!