There are seemingly countless amazing spaces to enjoy on the coastal beaches of Florida on the Forgotten Coast as well as other bodies of water to enjoy such as the river. But which of these beaches, is best for just taking a long walk and getting in some exercise as you enjoy the surrounding beauty of the best beaches in Florida? Where are the favorite places to take a beach stroll around Franklin County Florida?
Here are some of the favorite places to take a long beach walk on the Forgotten Coast
One of the favorite places to walk and explore on Saint George island is Saint George Island State Park. The beach here has been ranked as a top 10 beach by none other than Dr. Beach himself for the past several years. This beach is 9 miles in length giving you plenty of space to take a good long walk.
This is home to the Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park which has been named as one of the best beaches in America. It is located near Port Saint Joe and offers a much slower pace giving a very relaxed and quiet space to take a beach stroll.
Mexico Beach is somewhat of a local and frequent vacationer’s secret with families coming here for generations to enjoy the quiet beach. The white sand makes for an amazing and relaxing spot to take the best barefoot beach walk.
This may be one of the least utilized hidden gems on the Forgotten Coast. It is a very pet-friendly beach full of white sand and is very, very quiet. You may be surprised to see someone else while you are there. It’s very easy to get lost in the perfect scenery of the beach on Dog Island.
The area including Saint Joe Beach and also Windmark Beach are often referred to as “the beaches” amongst the locals. This is a perfect place for a quick trip. White Sands Beach is 10 minutes away from Port Saint Joe as well. The shoreline faces west making for the most spectacular sunset walk through the sand.
The benefits of walking in the sands on the Forgotten Coast Beaches or any sandy beach:
Walking in the sand is a little more difficult than walking along a paved path which makes it a great small challenge for building muscle. Even though walking in the sand may be more strenuous for those leg muscles, because the scenery is so enjoyable many people tend to walk longer distances when they are walking on the beach especially if it is a quiet pristine beach like those on the Forgotten Coast.
- Specific health benefits of walking on the beach
- The challenge of walking in the sand forces muscles and tendons to work over twice as hard as compared to walking on a hard flat surface
- Walking along the beach and taking in all the beautiful sights and sounds has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation
- Walking in the sand burns significantly more calories as compared to walking on a paved trail
- Sand can help to exfoliate dead skin on the bottom of your feet as you walk barefoot
- The sunlight on the beach will help you get in a healthy dose of vitamin D
Many of the beaches on the Forgotten Coast are pet friendly allowing you to bring your furry family member and enjoy the adventure all the more
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