There's lots to like about the Sunshine State but its beaches are the biggest crowd pleasers of all. With shoreline touching the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Florida Straits in the south, there's certainly no shortage of beach rental destinations that everyone should visit at least once. If you need some help deciding where to head first, you'll find oodles of inspiration for Florida beach vacations for you and yours coming right up.

Florida beach rentals for families

There's little arguing with the appeal of Florida's beaches for families and few better places to find them than on the Sunshine's State pristine Atlantic shoreline. A firm favorite for beach vacations along Florida's east coast is Cocoa Beach. It's known for its sandy beaches and rideable waves, as well as the oceanfront Lori Wilson Park, but rentals here are a launchpad to so much more. They're on the doorstep of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral National Seashore beyond, and within about an hour's drive of the white-knuckle thrills and spills of Orlando.

Romantic beach getaways in Florida

The first wedding in St. Augustine took place in the 16th century, so you might say the nation's oldest town is no stranger to romance. Its appeal has only grown over the years, its historic downtown offering the perfect setting for hand-in-hand strolls. Must-see sights include the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos and the real-life Fountain of Youth, both stops on the fabulous Old Town Trolley Tour. And after a busy day? A beachfront peppered with rentals and stretching for more than 40 miles ensures there are plenty of romantic hideaways to choose from.

Cheap beachfront rentals in Florida

Hemming the far western shores of the Florida Panhandle, charming Pensacola Beach invites budget travelers to enjoy a vacation that won't blow the budget. The white-sand beaches are the biggest draw here, of course – and little wonder when you consider that a hefty portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is among them. Add in a slew of free and inexpensive activities and attractions, along with a tempting line-up of affordable vacation homes and condos, and you have all the right ingredients for a cheap vacation in Florida.

30A beach rentals in Florida

The Emerald Coast has long been a beloved vacation destination on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, though recent years have seen a surge in demand for rentals along Scenic Highway 30. The so-called 30A vacation rental communities include Seaside, Destin, and Panama City Beach – the latter a top pick for families, couples, and singles alike. PCB rentals are your passport to fun at Shipwreck Island Waterpark and Zoo World as much as they are the hiking trails that wind through St. Andrew's State Park and the shopping, dining, and entertainment of Pier Park.

Luxury Florida beach rentals

When money doesn't matter so much, Florida is by no means short of places to indulge in a spot of luxurious living, especially on the palm-fringed Florida Keys. There are options of all sizes here, although whether you choose a plush vacation house rental with a pool and boat dock or a private beach rental with space for dozens of guests depends largely on whether you want to share. If you do decide to share, a glass-bottomed boat tour of Key Largo's John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an excellent experience for large groups.

Pet-friendly Florida rentals on the beach

If a vacation just isn't the same without your four-legged friend, why not bring them along? Much of Florida has something of a pet-friendly vibe about it, but Fort Myers in the state's south-west is a doggie-favorite thanks to pup-friendly stretches of sand like the aptly named Dog Beach at the southern end of Lovers Key. Here, dogs can ditch their leashes and enjoy a dip in the ocean every day from sunrise to sunset. And at the end of the day, pet-friendly rentals in Fort Myers serve up the perfect spot to relax – before doing it all again tomorrow.