Florida beaches near Orlando offer the right day trip from Orlando Attractions…A short ride to either the Atlantic coast or the Gulf Coast. Both offer beautiful sand and surf…fabulous seafood fare and excellent shelling. Don’t hesitate to include the beaches on your itinerary..
COCOA BEACH: Closest to Orlando…visit famous Ron Jon’s surf shop…Cocoa Beach is known for its large crowds where people find themselves staying busy playing beach volleyball, football, Frisbee and many other sports. There are also many stands offering rentals including surfboards, boogey boards, and bicycles. Parking spots can be found along the entire beach throughout the variety of local shops and restaurants (making it a bit easier to find a meter for your quarters).
DAYTONA BEACH: Free chairs and umbrellas line the beach (a minor but useful feature, believe us) as well as metered parking along the street or you may park in the Ocean walk Parking Garage located on A1A for only $10 per day.. You’ll find mini-golf and water slides across the street from the Main Street Pier if you’re in need of another hour of fun in the sun. This beach is one of the few that still allows driving on the sand if you’re looking forward to that stroll amongst the sunset with your loved ones. Enjoy your day walking on the beach, looking for shells and building sand castles.
CLEARWATER BEACH/TREASURE ISLAND: Located on Florida’s West Coast, this gorgeous area is St Pete Beach, Florida. Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the West and Tampa Bay to the East, here you’ll find 35 miles of glittering white-sand beaches amongst eight major barrier islands that are filled with loads of water activities such as Jet Ski rentals and parasailing. Over 30 art galleries and museums line the streets.
You must make “the Trop” (Tropicana Field) a necessary stop for a baseball game…parking is plentiful and the stadium is directly next to Treasure Island…Consider the white sand you see in advertisements and the aqua water…this is the place where it all happens… St Petersburg-Clearwater Beach is located only an hour and fifteen minutes from Orlando.
- 60-90 minutes is all it takes to experience Florida’s Fabulous Beaches.
- All these beaches should be on your list for visiting, once you arrive at one you will want to return again and again!
- Cocoa Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Daytona Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 7 minutes.
- New Smyrna Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 8 minutes.
Canaveral National Seashore, driving time: about 1 hour, 9 minutes.
Melbourne Beach , driving time: about 1 hour, 24 minutes
- GULF COAST BEACHES NEAR ORLANDO
Treasure Island (Near St. Petersburg) driving time: 1 hour 57 minutes. (My personal favorite!)
- Clearwater Beach (Near Tampa) driving time: 1 hour, 59 minutes.
- Fort De Soto Park (Near St. Petersburg) driving time: 2 hours, 3 minutes.
- Caladesi Island State Park (Near Tampa ) driving time: 2 hours, 7 minutes.
- Anna Maria Island (Near Bradenton) driving time: 2 hours, 17 minutes.
- Siesta Key (Near Sarasota) driving time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.
- Longboat Key, Lido Key and St. Armands Key (Near Sarasota) driving time: 2 hours, 21 minutes.
SUN/SAND TIPS FOR THE FLORIDA BEACHES
SUNSCREEN is something you can’t live without at any Florida beach. Did you know that you receive even UV Rays on overcast days? So later up no matter the weather. Save yourself the discomfort of painful sunburn later. Use a minimum of sunscreen 30 for the sun..
PEAK HOURS -Avoid the Florida Sun’s Peak Burn Hours. From 11a.m. to 2p.m. you’ll find the sun’s heat almost unbearable which is a good indication that you should be swimming and enjoying a cool drink and some shade?
WATER is necessary for hydration during the day and evening…you will need more than usual as the sun in Florida is extremely strong! Do not depend on carbonated drinks for your hydration. Without the correct fluids, you will experience cramping and headaches…so stay ahead and keep drinking your water bottle.
Avoid the Sun’s Peak Hours. From 11a.m. to 2p.m. you’ll find the sun’s heat almost unbearable
RIP CURRENTS- They is underwater streams that flow extremely quickly and are changing always with the sand dunes and tide. The rip currents are detected by air and posted, but not all of them can be detected so take care to swim near designated areas. You cannot swim against the riptides and will need to know that they exist and require attention at all times when swimming… Never swim alone- always make sure you have a friend with you in the water in the case of an emergency.
RAIN PONCHO – One definite about the weather in Florida…it changes like the clock…morning sun afternoon rain and back to sun for a beautiful sunset… So pack a Poncho and extra water…do yourself a favor and check the weather before leaving your Windsor Hills Resort vacation home.
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