Florida News: 17 Florida Beaches make the National Clean Beaches list

Sandcastle fun (credit: Sandestin Hotel)

Sandcastle fun (credit: Sandestin Hotel)

Florida Travel Guide to 2012′s clean Blue Wave certified beaches

When you’re on vacation, you want to be on a clean and safe beach. More than 5 years ago, the National Clean Beaches Week Resolution was passed and the Annual list of Blue Wave certified beaches was officially released – see the Florida beaches that made the list below. From Florida’s most unique to most romantic beaches, some made the list! From beach cleanups to recreational activities, join in the celebration this week of Florida’s clean beaches.

What to do in Florida to keep beaches safe and clean

  • Leave no trace – pack it in and pack it out
  • Use walkways and don’t tread the dunes – this prevents beach erosion
  • Know your limits – whether you’re swimming, boating or surfing, be safe
  • Respect the ocean – from riptides to storms, you need to be careful
  • Protect native habitats – look out for  plants and wildlife, such as sea turtle nests
  • Use public restrooms – this helps keep the beach water as clean as possible
  • Clean up after your pet – this helps keep the beach water and shore sanitary

Blue Wave Beach Certification

To make the annual list of Blue Wave certified beaches, the beach must pass the application process for this national environmental certification.  Check out the list below for the clean and vibrant Florida beaches.

South Atlantic Florida Beaches

  • Hollywood Beach
  • Dania Beach
  • Pompano Beach
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Pan Handle Florida Beaches

  •  Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Coast Florida Beaches

  • Venice Beach
  • Siesta Key Beach
  • Caspersen Beach
  • Holmes Beach
  • Manatee Beach
  • Lido Beach
  • Anna Maria Beach
  • Cortez Beach
  • Coquina Beach

Mid Atlantic Florida Beaches

  • Jetty Park (Port Canaveral)

Tell us…

Is there a beach you think should be added onto the list?