When you plan a trip to Orlando, make sure you visit any one of the award-winning beaches close by. Orlando beaches are just a short drive from theme parks and hotels in Orlando so you can take a vacation within your vacation and spend a day or a weekend visiting the ocean and relaxing in the warm Florida sun.
Known as the "World’s Most Famous Beach", Daytona Beach is one of the closest beaches to Orlando. Just northeast above Cape Canaveral, it takes about an hour getting to Daytona traveling Interstate 4 East from Orlando. Home of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, spring break and BikeWeek, Daytona Beach offers plenty of fun in the sun for the whole family. Drive and park cars on white sandy beaches or rent different types of beach bikes and buggies for a ride in the cool breeze from the ocean.
Located on the northern end of the greater Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach has one of the few drive-on beaches in the world, as some of the beach areas permit. Ormond Beach has plenty of fun to offer all of its visitors such as fishing and taking a drive along the shoreline as well as relaxing and playing in the sand.
New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach is South of Daytona and located on Florida's east coast, just north of Cape Canaveral and about an hour away from Orlando. With over 13 miles of beautiful, white sandy beach, you’ll find plenty of sun-filled fun here. New Smyrna has vehicle access but it less crowded than Daytona Beach. Known as the "The World's Safest Bathing Beach", New Smyrna has great activities such as sunbathing, swimming and surfing in a clean, peaceful setting. And don’t forget to explore the surrounding areas of palm tree lined Flagler Avenue, a seaside beach street lined with quaint boutiques, surf shops and restaurants and historic Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach.
Cocoa Beach is one of the closet beaches to Orlando at about an hour to the southeast, just below Cape Canaveral, making it an easy drive. Cocoa beach is just south of Port Canaveral which many popular cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney, call home port. Cocoa Beach is a little different than the other beaches in Orlando due to its gentle slopes, but it still packs in a full day of fun. Enjoy swimming and surfing in the moderate waves, picnics on pavilions along the beach, nature trails and playgrounds.
Most of Melbourne Beach is located on the Florida mainland but has a small portion on a barrier island. The perfect beach trip for Orlando vacationers with its many parks, Melbourne Beach offers visitors plenty to see and do. Points of interest include Old Town Hall History Center, a museum that contains exhibits on the history of the local area, and Ryckman Park with a large playground, tennis and bocce ball courts, a large open field, a beautiful pavilion and the famous Melbourne Beach Pier.
Ft. Lauderdale Beach
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Considered one of the world’s premier beachfronts, Ft. Lauderdale beach encompasses more than seven miles of sparkling, sandy beaches that provides plenty of recreation, rest and relaxation for the whole family. Beachgoers can shop, dine and be entertained at any number of venues along the shore. For more recreational activities and thrill seekers there is boating, jet skiing, volleyball, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and more. Ft. Lauderdale Beach hosts major events each year, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the 4th of July Family Celebration.