It is hard to believe that so close to Orlando’s urban jungle you can find such untamed wilderness, beaches left to turtles and crabs, ancient dunes protected by boardwalks, and unique wildlife. There are Florida beaches with all the amenities, lifeguards, and rentals, as well as quiet, pristine spots with some of the most beautiful sunsets in Florida. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Daytona Beach - 1 hour

Daytona Beach - 1 hour

Head to the well-maintained Daytona Beach beachfront parks to experience oceanfront fun with picnic areas, lifeguards, splash parks, pavilions, restrooms, playgrounds, and boardwalk with a pier for fishing. Map


Cocoa Beach - 1 hour by car from Orlando

Cocoa Beach - 1 hour by car from Orlando

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Cocoa Beach is your quintessential beach town; it is relaxed, always sunny. Alan Shephard Park is the best beach for you if you like to have everything handy. Lori Wilson Park is a family beach that is less crowded and free of charge. Map


White Sand Beaches in Florida - Caladesi Island State Park - 2 hours

White Sand Beaches in Florida - Caladesi Island State Park - 2 hours

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Located in the Gulf of Mexico across St. Joseph and north of Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island is one of the last truly natural islands on Florida´s Gulf Coast. The park can be reached by boat or by ferry, which leaves from Honeymoon Island State Park.


Canaveral National Seashore - 1 hour

Canaveral National Seashore - 1 hour

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Close to Cape Canaveral, you can lie on the beach and watch a rocket shoot into space on one side and turtles lay eggs on another. One of the best East Coast beaches, Canaveral National Seashore is located on a barrier island along Florida's Central East Coast between New Smyrna Beach and Cape Canaveral. Some of the best beaches of the Canaveral National Seashore are Apollo, Klondike, and Playalinda.


Flagler Beach - 1.5 hours from Orlando

Flagler Beach - 1.5 hours from Orlando

Enjoy charming beachside shops, authentic waterfront restaurants, excellent fishing from the pier, great surfing, great local musicians, and fun rooftop bars and restaurants with views to die for at Flagler Beach located between Daytona Beach and St Augustine.


Melbourne - 1 hour 45 minutes

Melbourne  - 1 hour 45 minutes

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Set on a barrier island along Florida's Space Coast beside the Indian River Lagoon, Melbourne will give you access to miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, surfing, fishing and snorkeling, and frequent light tropical breezes. Of many local beach parks, three are the most popular.

One is Sebastian Inlet State Park with sensational surfing, emerald clear waters, three miles of fine golden sand, great scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Coconut Point is a popular nesting site for sea turtles, but it is also great for swimming and surfing. Map


Juan Ponce de León landing is a beachside park where the famous explorer allegedly landed in 1513. Map


Treasure Island - 2 hours

Treasure Island - 2 hours

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Located on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico not far from St. Petersburg, Treasure Island is Old Florida, with three miles of white sandy beaches bordered by the Treasure Island Beach Trail great for magnificent walks along the ocean and the ancient dunes. Map


Let the kids swim, snorkel, and build sand castles.


Clearwater Beach - 2 hours

Clearwater Beach - 2 hours

Located on the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida in Pinellas County, Clearwater’s beach has the famous Beachside Promenade where you can bike or walk. There is a full time lifeguard and a swim zone restricted to 300 feet, so your kids can swim safely without worrying about boats and skiers. Map


Fort De Soto Park - 2 hours

Fort De Soto Park - 2 hours

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Located not far from St. Petersburg, Fort De Soto is the biggest park in the Pinellas County. It stretches over 1,136 acres on five interconnected keys. To really explore the park and its many trails, rent a kayak, canoe, or bike. You can also fish from a pier. Map


New Smyrna Beach - 1 hour from Orlando

New Smyrna Beach - 1 hour from Orlando

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Drive an hour out of Orlando to reach New Smyrna Beach, the smaller and quieter cousin of Daytona Beach boasting the quaint feel of a sleepy historic town. If you are traveling with kids, don't miss the Daytona Lagoon Water Park. Map


St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach

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Last but not least, St. Augustine Beach is one of our favorites. The beach features a huge shoreline with hard-packed sand which means that it’s the ideal spot for all kinds of activities such as bicycle rides and beach sports. Pack your boogie boarder or paddle board! Map


Bethune Beach

Bethune Beach

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At the Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park, take advantage of the spacious picnic pavilions, public showers, and handicapped accessible features. If you are into sports, there is tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and a pickle ball court. Map


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