5 Beaches Within Driving Distance of Orlando, FL

You’ve done your research on Orlando hotels, but what about how to spend your vacation? Aside from visiting Walt Disney World, how will you enjoy the days? Most people don’t realize that there are a few great beaches right nearby.

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Canaveral National Seashore

Aside from hanging by the beach, the Canaveral National Seashore Park has fishing and hiking opportunities, too. This is a great place to head if you’re hoping to spot some wildlife. There are 14 species of endangered or threatened species in the area, including bald eagles, manatees, and sea turtles.

Clearwater Beach

For some time on the Gulf Coast, head to Clearwater Beach, with is southwest of Orlando. The sand is soft, powdery, and white, and the sunsets are a must-see. Spend an hour or so in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is home to Winter, the dolphin from the movie “Dolphin Tale.” When the sun starts to set, head to Pier 60 for food and music. If you have time to kill, hop on the ferry and head to Caladesi Island, which is one of the loveliest beaches in the U.S.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach, situated east of Orlando, is a local favorite. It’s easy to get to by simply taking State Road 528. When you’re on the expressway, you’ll pass the port for cruise ships and then you’ll be at the beach. Aside from popular beach bars, you can also spend time in the well-known Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Daytona Beach

You may think of NASCAR when you picture Daytona, but the area is equally as popular for its seashore. Take I-4 from Orlando to get there. The area is full of bars and restaurants, and you can drive your car onto the sand in some spots.

New Smyrna Beach

If you want something a bit more quiet and residential than Cocoa Beach, head to New Smyrna Beach, which is a bit north on the east coast, but still a breeze of a drive from Orlando. Flagler Avenue goes from the Indian River right to the beach. While there, break up your fun in the sun with trips to the area’s many boutiques and restaurants.

Orlando may be land-locked, but the coasts aren’t far away. Take a day or two away from the theme backs to kick back and soak up the sun.

Which one of these beaches would appeal to you the most? 




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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny.Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

4 comments on “5 Beaches Within Driving Distance of Orlando, FL”

    • Sounds like a really good plan to go visit it there.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  1. I’ve only been to Cocoa Beach and it was lovely. Great list, looks like next time we make it that way we should check out some of these others.

    • I believe you’ll enjoy the other beaches just as much as Cocoa Beach.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

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