Charming Small Towns In Florida to Visit

By on February 1, 2022

Most people think of the beaches of Miami or the fishing of the keys when the discussion turns to Florida. Florida also has many small charming towns that offer a more secluded getaway with every comfort. The state is filled with many country trails and untouched nature. Many choose Florida for their winter getaway and most of these snowbirds ship a vehicle south with them as well. 

LivingBetter50 has some of the best small towns in Florida for women over 50 to visit. So before you plan your winter retreat down south, look into these un-touched small towns filled with charm.

Apalachicola, FL

Also known as the oyster capital, the town is set in the emerald Gulf of Mexico’s picturesque Apalachicola Bay. The town’s restaurants are some of the best in America to enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner. Apalachicola offers the charm of “Old Florida.” It has a historic district that houses over 900 buildings. Some of the buildings have been standing for almost 200 years. The Apalachicola National Forest and Tate’s Hell State Forest are great for hikers and nature lovers.

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Dunedin, FL

Set in the Gulf Coast, Dunedin is one of the oldest towns in the state. Filled with a unique composition of Scottish charm, the town celebrates the Dunedin Highland Games annually. The town has a four-mile-long shoreline, with pristine beaches. Similar to the substantial Scottish population of the town, its Honeymoon Island State Park is filled with ospreys and is one of the most visited parks in the state.

Fernandina Beach, FL

Part of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach is the northernmost city on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Despite being a popular golfing destination, common wildlife sightings signal that the well-preserved natural area is largely unspoiled. Whether one finds charm in the upscale spas and world-class resorts or the many cozy B&Bs, everyone flees to one of the thirteen pristine beaches to sunbathe and dip toes in the soft white sands. 

Cocoa Beach, FL

Known amongst the surfing community globally, Cocoa Beach is a quaint and picturesque town. Within an hour’s drive from Disney, many attractions are close enough for your escape. You may also be able to catch the view of a Space X launch from Cape Canaveral which is also down the road.

Micanopy, FL

While some call this oldest inland town of Florida “the town that time forgot,” the name Micanopy, meaning “head chief,” was be-given by the leader of the Alachua Seminoles. One can learn about its early-day residents, the Alachua Seminoles, at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve that protects a Native American mound. The Paynes Prairie Preserve State presents a massive natural basin in the “great Alachua Savannah” for bison and wild horses. The inducing charm that is reminiscent of the past, the narrow, ancient oak-lined streets aligned with numerous historic homes emanate picturesque warmth. The town has also been appealing to the film industry, with numerous films and television shows choosing it as their locale.

While the beaches may be calling your name, you may find some joy venturing off the beaten path. Florida is open and welcoming to all that visit. 

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Charming Small Towns In Florida to Visit