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Beach Advice Needed! - Within reasonable distance of Orlando

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Beach Advice Needed! - Within reasonable distance of Orlando

After a week spend at the Disney Parks, we are looking for a low key beach trip for our remaining 4 days in mid May. 2 adults and 3 kids (10, 6, 5) that will be ready to relax after the chaos at Disney. Some water sports would be nice but don't want crowded beaches. Ideally, we would hang on the beach all day and have a few nice non-touristy places to walk to for dinner and sighteeing. Maybe a low key boardwalk. Looking for kind of "old school" Florida vibe.

I would appreciate any ideas!!!

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1. Re: Beach Advice Needed! - Within reasonable distance of Orlando

Welcome to the forum. If you use the search function above with key word "beach" you will probably receive hundreds of opinions. I'll just leave you with this for now. orlandosentinel.com/travel/…4514450.story

For what its worth, Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches are quite crowded.

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2. Re: Beach Advice Needed! - Within reasonable distance of Orlando

This is a very common question. Here's a couple of recent threads:

tripadvisor.com/…48854071

tripadvisor.com/…48822711

If you are going for four days, you don't have to stay close to Orlando like you might for a day trip. Although the nearest beach is Cape Canaveral / Cocoa Beach (45-60 minutes from Orlando), several other nice beaches on both coasts are within 2-3 hours drive. Anna Maria Island is "old Florida" over on the west coast, but the surf is weak there. Cocoa Beach has lots of water sports, is the surfing center of the east coast, and has somewhat of an older Florida vibe, but it is a tourist destination and some of the popular beaches get crowded, especially on weekends. Other parts of Cocoa Beach are more residential and uncrowded, and nearby Playalinda Beach is almost deserted.

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3. Re: Beach Advice Needed! - Within reasonable distance of Orlando

Walking to dinner can be a problem. New Smyrna Beach would likely work. A recent discussion turned up the Radisson and Hilton hotels in Melbourne. It's not a great pedestrian area, but has a useful traffic signal to get across A1A.

My town, Vero Beach, has some affordable places to stay, and the beach area is pedestrian-friendly and upscale in an affluent-retiree sort of way. Yes, there's a Lilly Pulitzer store. The beaches themselves are somewhat steep and narrow, and surf is limited by offshore reefs (which can be interesting snorkeling when the water's clear, which rarely happens in May, with its strong sea breezes).

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