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What are the beaches like in the Orlando area please?

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MaggieW Wed 11-Sep-13 12:11:52

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?

laraeo Thu 12-Sep-13 01:56:02

There are no beaches near Orlando. It's in the middle between the Gulf Coast & Atlantic.

SconeRhymesWithGone Thu 12-Sep-13 03:05:23

I live in Florida.

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.

We did Cocoa Beach after visiting NASA over that way. Was a great afternoon until an amazing storm came in!

MaggieW Fri 13-Sep-13 16:03:51

Thanks all. Yes laraeo, I am aware of the geography! Scone and Sparkle they sound like good options for a few days away from theme parks, thank you.

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