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Florida’s Beaches

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Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, Atlantic Ocean

With beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coast less than 2 hours away, why not make a day trip for a relaxing break from the hectic pace of the theme and water parks?
Pack a cooler, bring your bathing suites, and towels. Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!

Popular Beaches on the Atlantic Coast near Orlando:

Cocoa Beach: check out the pier, shop at at Ron Jon’s, the world’s largest surf shop, stroll through nature preserves, and explore the nearby Kennedy Space Center. You might also enjoy Cocoa Village of Cocoa Beach, a revitalized, nostalgic riverside community with more than 50 shops, restaurants, galleries and artist studios.

Daytona Beach: A beach where you can run, relax or ride on 23 miles of hard-packed, white-sand beaches. With an expansive shoreline that’s 500-feet deep at low tide, free access to pedestrians 24/7. Cars are permitted in designated areas of the beach from sunrise to sunset.

New Smyrna Beach: a charming beach town, with a beautiful, white sandy shoreline. It has a drivable beach and is a prime location for surfers.

Canaveral National Seashore: is a barrier island, with lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flat woods, and off shore waters. Its recreational activities include back country camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, boating, bird watching and more. Park Entrance is $10.00 Fee Per Vehicle.

Melbourne Beach: Set beside the Indian River Lagoon along Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne offers beaches, fishing, golf, snorkeling and many other outdoor activities with miles of unspoiled beaches.You’ll find all types of shopping and restaurants in Historic Downtown Melbourne. Within an easy drive of the Kennedy Space Center, Melbourne also is the home of annual festivals such as the Independent Filmmaker’s Festival, Arts Festival, Aviation Day and Oktoberfest.

On Florida’s West Coast are the Gulf Beaches.

Water is usually calmer and warmer here but days may be cool in the winter.

St Pete Beach is  a popular award winning, white sand beach that lies along the the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Attractions in St. Pete Beach include world-class museums and The Pier, a five-story dining and shopping complex.

Treasure Island part of the Tampa Bay region, has miles of gorgeous white sand beaches. The Treasure Island Beach Trail is a mile long walkway along the east side of the beach. The trail provides easy access to the motels, restaurants and bars that make up the heart of Treasure Island’s hotel district. Treasure Island’s downtown provides several clothing stores, a drug store, banks, liquor store, florist, restaurants, bars and a grocery store.

Clearwater Beach (Near Tampa) is a barrier island off a peninsula with three miles of powdery white beach and abundant family attractions. Nearby is Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a rescue, rehabilitation and research laboratory offering close encounters with dolphins, sea rays and turtles (Home of Winter).

Fort De Soto Park (near St Petersburg) is an 870-acre park a mecca for migratory birds. Ideal for camping, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Its waters are a blue-green color. Check out Fort De Soto, which you can tour for free.

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