I spent a good month exploring the state of Florida, even had my two nieces (ages 12 and 13) come stay with me for a week. I enjoyed St Augustine, Crystal River, and the Everglades. Sarasota is home to one of the softest beaches in the world made up of 99% quartz and I definitely have it on my list as the softest.
The southwest coastline is very popular for its beaches with the snowbirds. There were several cute little towns along the way. I enjoyed all the wildlife with the Manatees, alligators and the numerous birds. Driving through the panhandle and Mexico Beach was very sad with the devastation from the huricaine. Unfortunately I was a little rushed accros the south due to the cold weather but have made it now to Texas