We've been to Miami before but would like to do the Disney thing with the kids before they're too old for it! I don't want to spend all holiday at theme parks so just wondered what the beaches are like please?
It depends how far you want to travel. You have Gulf beaches in St. Petersburg/Clearwater area west of Orlando, and Atlantic beaches in Daytona/Ormond Beach/Cocoa Beach east. You would have 1-2 hr. drive depending on which area you went to. You could do a day trip or an overnight/weekend visit.
Atlantic side will have more waves; Gulf will be calmer. I have always had a fondness for Daytona, but it is not upscale, more funky-tacky Florida beach town.