Beaches near Orlando FL
You're never far from a beach in Orlando
Orlando, Florida is instantly recognizable as a destination with some of the world’s largest and most innovative theme parks, but when you need a break from the fast paced action of the attractions, the Atlantic Ocean and beaches of Orlando are a short drive away.
Cocoa Beach is the closest to Orlando and is the perfect spot for a quick day trip. Find a cozy spot along the six mile stretch of sandy shoreline and relax under the warmth of the Florida sun. If you’re looking to make a little more of a splash, kayaks and surfboard rentals are available.
Cocoa is one of the more popular Orlando area beaches for surfers. Take a stroll down Westgate's landmark Cocoa Beach Pier, or pick up the latest in beach fashion and sport at the flagship Ron Jon Surf Shop. Space and shuttle enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that Cocoa Beach is also close to Kennedy Space Center and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
A sign at the entrance to Daytona Beach reads World’s Most Famous Beach. Once known as the ideal party spot for spring-breakers, over the years Daytona has transformed itself into a family-friendly beach town with something for everyone. Daytona Beach remains one of the only Orlando beaches where you can drive right up and park in the sand. After that, all that’s left to do is unload and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.
Looking for some adventure? Glide across the water on a Banana Boat or jet-ski, explore life under the sea on a snorkeling expedition, or get a bird’s eye view of the sand and surf while parasailing. The birthplace of speed, Daytona is home to the Daytona International Speedway, and plays host to some of NASCAR’s largest races.
Other Nearby Beaches
Other beaches within easy driving distance of Orlando include New Smyrna Beach and Cape Canaveral National Seashore along the Atlantic coast as well as Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach along Florida's Gulf Coast.
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Visit Blizzard Beach!While Orlando is close to great beaches on the east and west sides of Florida, you can find beach-like excitement without ever leaving town. Just choose from one of the many Orlando water parks such as Disney's Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, SeaWorld's Aquatica or Wet N Wild...
Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
- Seven heated outdoor pools and hot tubs.
- Award-winning Westgate Smokehouse Grill
- Miniature golf and children's activities.
- World-class Serenity Spa.
- Lakeside marina and paddle boats/kayaks.
Westgate Palace Resort
- Located near I-Drive and Wet N Wild Water Park.
- Beautiful outdoor pool with lake view.
- Free transportation to area theme parks.
- Spacious two-bedroom villas.
- Fully-equipped kitchens.
A trip to Orlando’s beaches is an exciting way to experience the thrills of Florida’s east coast, but if you’re looking for a quieter setting, New Smyrna Beach is the place for you. Put on some sunscreen and catch up on some reading, or relax on the beach to the sound of the waves gently rolling onto shore. Offshore rock ledges create excellent wave breaks and provide a great environment for surfers and boogie-boarders. Don’t forget your fishing pole! New Smyrna is also one of the best Orlando beaches for avid fishermen.