Beaches Near Orlando, 6 Top Picks for You

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Mar 19, 2020 09:11 AM

As a city in Florida, Orlando is situated at the heart of Greater Orlando—the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in Central Florida. The city is nicknamed “the City Beautiful” with its popular landmark, Lake Eola Fountain. 

As one of the most visited cities in the world, Orlando draws a lot of visitors mainly driven by tourism, with the Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort as the two largest renowned tourist attractions you can find in the city.

And the good thing about Orlando is that this city is packed with not only themed-parks but also beautiful beaches! It won’t be a hassle for you to visit both places since it doesn’t take much time to travel from Orlando to the coasts: the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico are within your reach.

After having so much fun at the amusement parks, double the excitement by enjoying the Florida vacation at these closest beaches to Orlando.

Vero Beach

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If your interests include fishing, water sports, and golf, then Vero Beach is a perfect place for you to go. As a part of the Treasure Coast region, Verona Beach is located just 87 miles from Orlando.

There are many options of shops, ranging from ones at the oceanside, shopping malls, to downtown. It’s also a haven for delectable cuisine served at the dining places like Di Mare Vero Beach, Ocean Grill, and Maison Martinique Fine Dining.

You can also enjoy other entertainments in Vero Beach, such as art galleries and museums. There are also plentiful activities to do at the nearby parks.

Cocoa Beach

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Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Cocoa Beach is one of cities in Brevard County, Florida. With its humid subtropical climate, Cocoa Beach is typically hot all year round; it’s warm even on winters.

With such a typical summer vibe, take your taste buds for a ride while enjoying the hot weather at 8 Top Best Restaurants in Cocoa Beach, Florida (this can be linked back to my article with the same title) including Florida's Fresh Grill and Fat Kahuna's

There are a number of activities you can do at Cocoa Beach. Compared to the West Coast, the East Coast is more suitable for surfing; this is why Cocoa Beach is the place to visit for a consistent swell of good waves. You can also go biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, and also kite-boarding.

Port Canaveral

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As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Canaveral is the getaway to the Caribbean on Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Discover the place which offers the best family vacation whether by cruising or exploring the land. There’s The Kennedy Space Center showcasing amazing exhibits that will amaze your kids.

New Smyrna Beach

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New Smyrna Beach is located to the south of Daytona Beach. It’s a surf hub known for the nice waves which you should totally visit. There are a lot of beach avenues there, so no need to worry about missing the entrance!

New Smyrna Beach also offers plenty of activities for kids like swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, fishing, picnicking, and even exploring the coast by visiting the Marine Discovery Center. Stroll Old Florida shops, local boutiques, and casual dining places such as Third Wave Cafe and Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille.

Daytona Beach

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Daytona Beach is known for Daytona International Speedway hosting Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Some designated areas of the beach also allow visitors to drive.

There’s a live music venue called Daytona Beach Bandshell. From May to September, you can catch a free concert at the historic amphitheater every Friday and Saturday night. You can also watch a free spectacular firework show at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier.

Clearwater Beach

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Clearwater Beach is well-known for its soft, white sand which drives visitors for jet-skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.

Aside from the beach activities, Clearwater Beach offers some other inviting attractions which you can find at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and meet with the star of the "Dolphin Tale" movies nicknamed Winter.

This beach is also home to fine restaurants like Poke Havana and The Salty Crab Bar & Grill North Beach. They also offer family-friendly lodgings.