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Gold Coast? Child’s Play

Stretching from Palm Beach to Miami, and passing through Fort Lauderdale on the way, this part of southeast Florida is prime beach territory. On a sun-soaked Gold Coast holiday you’ll be positively spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a stretch of sand to roll your towel out on. It doesn’t matter whether you want a quiet, shady spot to relax with a book; somewhere you can enjoy activities with the kids; or a lively bit of beach where you can sip cocktails on a sun longer and then dance the night away – there’ll definitely be somewhere that ticks all your boxes.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the name Gold Coast is derived from the colour of the sand or the wealthy residents who own impressive houses along these 80 or so miles of Atlantic shoreline. But it actually earned its nickname from the treasure salvaged from the various shipwrecks in the area. And while the gold is long gone, these shipwrecks do continue to attract divers and are a prime attraction on a Gold Coast holiday. But if diving’s not your thing, there are heaps of other activities to enjoy here. Snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and windsurfing are all on offer. Or, if you’d prefer to stay on dry land, there are loads of museums and galleries to satisfy art aficionados, plus some seriously top-notch shopping and dining opportunities. And golfers will be in their element in Palm Beach, with over 160 courses in the region to choose from.

But while there’s certainly enough to keep you busy for a week or two, you needn’t stick to the shore for all of your Gold Coast holiday. This is, after all, the eastern gateway to the Everglades and also the Florida Keys. So why not take the opportunity to explore a little more of the Sunshine State? Whatever it is you fancy seeing and doing, our travel specialists will be able to help you plan a trip that’s right for you.

Things to do on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Beaches

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Best time to visit the Gold Coast

Things to do on the Gold Coast

The majority of a Gold Coast holiday is likely to be spent soaking in the sun and splashing about in the Atlantic Ocean. And while you can certainly spend all your time at the beach if you want to, there are other things to do in this part of Florida. There’s history and culture to discover in Palm Beach at the excellent Flagler Museum, or you can ogle some art at West Palm Beach’s Norton Art Museum. There are yet more museums in Fort Lauderdale – the NUSU Art Museum is particularly good – but the one thing you must do here is take a ride in a water taxi along its many canals.

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Of course, you could always venture further afield during your Gold Coast holiday. Depending exactly where you’re staying, you could easily enjoy daytrips to the Everglades, the Florida Keys, the Kennedy Space Centre or even the theme parks in Orlando.

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Gold Coast Beaches

As you’d expect from somewhere with the word ‘coast’ in its name, this part of Florida is jam-packed with beaches. Miami’s infamous South Beach is a renowned party hotspot – also popular with the surfer crowd – but the city offers up plenty of other less raucous options, too. Sunny Isles Beach is a quiet spot ideal for families, while Crandon Park on Key Biscayne offers kiteboarding, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking.

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Meanwhile, the promenade that runs parallel to Fort Lauderdale’s white-sand beach attracts runners, rollerbladers and cyclists, and the water here allows for heaps more activities. So if you’re eager to enjoy some watersports during your Gold Coast holiday, but you’re not too keen on Miami, it’s a top choice. Boating and fishing are both popular in Fort Lauderdale, while the three-tier reef system just offshore delights divers and snorkellers of all abilities. Finally, there are the golden, tree-lined stretches sandy dotted around the Palm Beaches, each of which has its own distinct personality.

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Miami

The biggest city in Florida after Jacksonville, Miami’s a real Gold Coast holiday highlight. In fact, it’s the reason many people head to this part of the Sunshine State in the first place. Besides having a number of world-class beaches, it’s also got incredible nightlife, mouth-wateringly good food, and a first-rate arts scene.

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Not only are there tonnes of museums, showcasing all kinds of artworks as well as innovations in science and technology, but there’s also the Design District in once-gritty Wynwood, where the streets are lined with galleries, studios spaces and striking murals. Then, of course, there’s the famous pastel-coloured Art Deco architecture in South Beach, which makes for some seriously good eye candy. Plus, there are heaps of parks and tropical gardens dotted around the city, where you can get back to nature and enjoy a range of outdoor activities

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Best time to visit the Gold Coast

Although the weather can vary slightly from place to place, for the most part, Florida’s Gold Coast sees hot, humid summers and warm winters that are decidedly drier. So if you’re looking to escape the drizzly, grey days common in the UK from December to February, a Gold Coast holiday’s a great idea. During these months, you’ll enjoy daytime highs of around 25°C and lows of about 15°C. And while rain is possible, it’s pretty rare.

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Summer, on the other hand, is another story. The wet season arrives on the Gold Coast in May and lasts until October, bringing with it sizzling temperatures and extreme mugginess. Average highs at this time of year are 30-32°C, with lows hovering around 25°C – and most days see heavy afternoon thunderstorms.

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Things to do on the Gold Coast

Things to do on the Gold Coast

The majority of a Gold Coast holiday is likely to be spent soaking in the sun and splashing about in the Atlantic Ocean. And while you can certainly spend all your time at the beach if you want to, there are other things to do in this part of Florida. There’s history and culture to discover in Palm Beach at the excellent Flagler Museum, or you can ogle some art at West Palm Beach’s Norton Art Museum. There are yet more museums in Fort Lauderdale – the NUSU Art Museum is particularly good – but the one thing you must do here is take a ride in a water taxi along its many canals.

Show More
Show Less

Of course, you could always venture further afield during your Gold Coast holiday. Depending exactly where you’re staying, you could easily enjoy daytrips to the Everglades, the Florida Keys, the Kennedy Space Centre or even the theme parks in Orlando.

Show More
Show Less

Gold Coast Beaches

Gold Coast Beaches

As you’d expect from somewhere with the word ‘coast’ in its name, this part of Florida is jam-packed with beaches. Miami’s infamous South Beach is a renowned party hotspot – also popular with the surfer crowd – but the city offers up plenty of other less raucous options, too. Sunny Isles Beach is a quiet spot ideal for families, while Crandon Park on Key Biscayne offers kiteboarding, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking.

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, the promenade that runs parallel to Fort Lauderdale’s white-sand beach attracts runners, rollerbladers and cyclists, and the water here allows for heaps more activities. So if you’re eager to enjoy some watersports during your Gold Coast holiday, but you’re not too keen on Miami, it’s a top choice. Boating and fishing are both popular in Fort Lauderdale, while the three-tier reef system just offshore delights divers and snorkellers of all abilities. Finally, there are the golden, tree-lined stretches sandy dotted around the Palm Beaches, each of which has its own distinct personality.

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Show Less

Miami

Miami

The biggest city in Florida after Jacksonville, Miami’s a real Gold Coast holiday highlight. In fact, it’s the reason many people head to this part of the Sunshine State in the first place. Besides having a number of world-class beaches, it’s also got incredible nightlife, mouth-wateringly good food, and a first-rate arts scene.

Show More
Show Less

Not only are there tonnes of museums, showcasing all kinds of artworks as well as innovations in science and technology, but there’s also the Design District in once-gritty Wynwood, where the streets are lined with galleries, studios spaces and striking murals. Then, of course, there’s the famous pastel-coloured Art Deco architecture in South Beach, which makes for some seriously good eye candy. Plus, there are heaps of parks and tropical gardens dotted around the city, where you can get back to nature and enjoy a range of outdoor activities

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit the Gold Coast

Best time to visit the Gold Coast

Although the weather can vary slightly from place to place, for the most part, Florida’s Gold Coast sees hot, humid summers and warm winters that are decidedly drier. So if you’re looking to escape the drizzly, grey days common in the UK from December to February, a Gold Coast holiday’s a great idea. During these months, you’ll enjoy daytime highs of around 25°C and lows of about 15°C. And while rain is possible, it’s pretty rare.

Show More
Show Less

Summer, on the other hand, is another story. The wet season arrives on the Gold Coast in May and lasts until October, bringing with it sizzling temperatures and extreme mugginess. Average highs at this time of year are 30-32°C, with lows hovering around 25°C – and most days see heavy afternoon thunderstorms.

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