What’s the closest beach to Orlando?

Daytona beach in Florida

There are 5 popular beaches on the east coast within around 75 minutes of Orlando, and there are several more on the west coast that are well worth the drive. 

Orlando may be best known for its theme parks, but if you want to head to the coast, there are plenty of beaches within easy driving distance. The Atlantic beaches on the east coast are the closest; they also offer bigger waves and better attractions. Some people prefer to head to the Gulf Coast though, where the sea is warmer and calmer – and the surroundings are more idyllic.

The closest beaches to Orlando

East coast

Cocoa Beach
Driving time from Orlando: Around 1 hour
Distance: 59.8 miles
Route: Via FL-538 E
Highlights: Orlando’s go-to beach offers water sports, deep-sea fishing, shops and restaurants, museums, nightlife, a lively pier area, large picnic pavilions, and great views of space shuttle launches from nearby Cape Canaveral.

Daytona Beach
Driving time from Orlando: 1 hour
Distance: 55.8 miles
Route: Via I-4 E
Highlights: On-beach parking, lifeguard patrols, a boardwalk, a pier, beachfront attractions, a water park, a family entertainment center, shops, restaurants and nightife. The Daytona International Speedway is nearby.

New Smyrna Beach
Driving time from Orlando: 58 minutes
Distance: 55.4 miles
Route: Via I-4 E and FL-44 E
Highlights: Quiet beach, white sand, natural beauty, close to Canaveral National Reserve, lots of wildlife, shops and restaurants nearby.

Canaveral National Seashore 
Driving time from Orlando: Around 50 minutes
Distance: 40 miles
Route: Via FL-408 E and FL-50 E
Highlights: Pristine beach, peaceful, sand dunes, fishing, sea turtles and other wildlife.

The best longer-haul beaches

West coast

Treasure Island
Driving time from Orlando: Around 2 hours
Distance: 112 miles
Route: Via I-4 W
Highlights: White sand, calm seas, laid-back ‘Old Florida’ vibe, connects to St. Petersburg Beach, beach trolley for access around the island, deep sea fishing, busy downtown district

Clearwater Beach
Driving time from Orlando: Around 2 hours
Distance: 107 miles
Route: Via I-4 W Tampa
Highlights: Voted top beach in the US, powder-white sand, abundant family attractions, fishing pier, busy marina, water sports, boat rentals, ‘Old Florida’ vibe, cabana and lounger rentals, dolphin cruises.

Siesta Beach
Driving time from Orlando: Around 2 hours, 20 minutes
Distance: 139 miles
Route: Via I-4 and I-75 S
Highlights: Located on Siesta Key Island, pure quartz sand, broad beach, tropical beauty, kid-friendly shallows, full-time lifeguards, picturesque views, local village with great shops and restaurants.

 

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