10 Things to Love About Flagler Beach, Florida

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Flagler Beach is the perfect escape to a quiet beach town with a laid-back vibe. Tucked away on Florida’s east coast, just over an hour south of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, this charming seaside town has managed to maintain a personality all its own.

It has banned construction taller than three stories and managed to keep out many of the chain stores and restaurants that have squashed out mom and pop shops across the state. It’s the ideal place to kick back, relax. Visit Flagler Beach and spend a few days making memories in the sun on your next Florida beach getaway.

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When staying in Flagler Beach, you can choose to stay on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll find many of the chain hotels you’re used to on the West side, as well as easier access to the highway. However, finding accommodations beachside will make it much easier for you to get around and experience everything this little town is known for.

This isn’t Miami, so you won’t find dozens of options to choose from. Instead, Flagler Beach is home to a small assortment of locally-owned hotels and motels, each with their own personality. Go grab your suitcase, and start packing for your Flagler Beach getaway!

10 Things You'll Love About Flagler Beach

Where to Stay

#1 Take a “Dogcation” in Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach loves dogs! With pet-friendly access, Flagler Beach allows dogs on the beach north of N 10th Street, as well as, south of S 10th Street. The only requirement is that dogs remain on a dog leash no more than 5 feet long, and that you pick up after your pet and dispose of your pet waste properly. Zach is excited to go to Flagler Beach to check out the dog-friendly beach and hotels – he got left behind last time.

Dogs walking on beach at sunset

#2 Large Choice of Pet-friendly hotels in the area

From camping, a beachside vacation home, to a vacation rental condo, to hotels, you have lots of options for a dogcation in Flagler Beach. Our top choices for vacation rentals are the oceanfront Cozy Cottage that sleeps 6, or the amenity-packed Dolphin House right on the water, with a boat dock, pool, and more.

a dock in the water

#3 Relax and Unwind for a Couples Getaway

You may choose to leave your pet at home, and escape to Flagler Beach for a much-needed couples getaway. For a spark of romance, book a room at the White Orchid, a romantic inn and spa with an assortment of unique guest rooms, as well as, suites to choose from. Many offer ocean views, jacuzzies, and other amenities, but all offer easy access to the beach, as well as local eateries and shops.

For a step up, adults only (good excuse to leave the kids with the grandparents!), check out the Island Cottage Oceanfront Boutique Inn, a slightly more upscale option couples romantic getaway. Similar to the White Orchard, each room here is decorated differently and equipped with its own amenities. These amenities include private patios, jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces. You’ll even find fresh flowers waiting in your guest room when you arrive – a lovely touch that goes to show this inn is on a mission to make your vacation great.

Local Eats in Flagler Beach

#4 Coffee & Breakfast at By the Sea Cafe

Stack of pancakes with butter and dripping with syrup an example of what you can eat in Flagler Beach

Start your weekend getaway with breakfast from By the Sea Café as you plan your day. The food is incredible, and the service makes you feel right at home! Try a big stack of pancakes, a fluffy omelet, or a Cuban sandwich. Enjoy your meal while staring out over beautiful ocean view.

#5 Lunch on the Go

The Net by George is a family-friendly restaurant and offers a wide selection of fresh seafood. It's casual laid back atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing dinner after a day on the beach. Try the salmon with linguine and garlic butter for dinner!

Flagler Beach Seafood, fresh shrimp and calamari with lemon slices

#6 Seafood

If seafood is what you’re craving, however, you’re in luck. Most of the restaurants in town shine a spotlight on fresh fish and other proteins plucked from the ocean. Split a pound of peel-and-eat shrimp as you sip on your favorite wine and admire the oceanfront views at High Tides at Snack Jack, or Flagler Fish Company, an intimate spot with an impressive fresh fish selection.

What To Do in Flagler Beach

#7 Relax & Soak Up the Sun

Flagler Beach is truly a town for those appreciate soaking up the sun and appreciating nature’s beauty. You have to spend at least some of your time there taking advantage of the beaches. Throw down a towel, slather on the sunscreen  and soak up some sun as you catch up on your latest beach read. Then search for seashells, go for a stroll, and cool off in the Atlantic Ocean. For those who prefer a more active experience at the beach, you’re in luck, as Flagler Beach is a prime spot for surfing and fishing.

man on beach carrying a tan surfboard, walking on the damp sand with waves breaking on shore

#8 Shopping

If you love to shop, you’ll find a handful of boutiques to explore In Flagler Beach. Stroll along Central Avenue in downtown Flagler Beach to charming mom and pop shops. They have a huge variety of stores from perfumeries and jewelry stores to tea and surf shops! Each boutique is filled with its own assortment of local souvenirs, artwork, and other goodies. It's a great place to grab a souvenir or find unique items to take back home with you.

#9 Get Out & Explore Flagler Beach

Prefer to experience a taste of Old Florida? Head a few miles east of the beach to find Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Here you can explore the remnants of the sugar mill it once was, destroyed in 1836 as a result of the Second Seminole War.

The Flagler Beach Historical Museum runs the gamut of history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. You find prehistoric bones to the flag that was carried onboard the Shuttle Endeavour to dehydrated astronaut food. Packed with history this museum is fun for the entire family!

#10 Take a Day Trip to St. Augustine

Downtown historic St. Augustine

America's oldest city, St. Augustine, is full of rich history. It's Spanish roots are evident in the local architecture, which you can explore on the pedestrian-only streets. The delicious restaurants, bars, wineries, as well as the numerous art galleries and attractions you’ll find there, makes it an excellent place to spend a day. Don't miss out on tours like Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Trolley Tour, and more when you visit St. Augustine.


A beach getaway to Flagler Beach is a wonderful option for anyone looking to escape to a quiet place to slow down and relax. Experience the beachside lifestyle Florida is known for, and an ideal getaway from the chaos of life. Beach getaways are the best way to enjoy a vacation, while staying safe and healthy. Don't wait, pack your bags and breathe in that fresh salt water air!

Don't forget to pack beach essentials like polarized sunglasses, and a hat! I also love these Turkish towels, they dry fast and can be used as a coverup or to dry off!

Have you ever visited Flagler Beach? What's your favorite thing to do there? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

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