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Upscale Beach resort post Disney

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Upscale Beach resort post Disney

Mature, active couple seeking nice beach accommodations at hotel or resort at the end of Disney-Epcot vacay. Looking for clean, relaxing area with great ocean view and beach. Not necessarily remote but close access to good restaurants, bicycle rentals, running trails, beach chair rentals, some historical sightseeing ok but no need for touristy shops, kid activities or adult nightlife.

1-2 hours from Orlando for two nights is ideal, east or west coast. Thanks for suggestions of areas to investigate.

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1. Re: Upscale Beach resort post Disney

I'm rather biased - but I think the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are the most beautiful. My two favorite beaches would be Clearwater Beach and Anna Maria Island.

Clearwater Beach is immaculately clean, has some new hotels, great restaurants and all the amenities you could ask for within walking distance - and plenty of umbrellas and lounge chairs to rent right on the beach. If you want all the amenities - this is the beach for you. Check out the Sandpearl Resort and the Hyatt if you want a resort with all the amenities.

If you want a more laid back beach with a much slower pace - then Anna Maria is beautiful. There are no high rises on this island and no chain restaurants. Everything seems to slow down here - almost like stepping back 30 years. The beaches are lovely - and it is peaceful. I'm not sure about the beach chairs for rent - but the island is beautiful.

Florida beaches are lovely - and I'm sure you will get many different recommendations. Every beach has its' own flavor - and it seems everyone has their favorite. Hope you find a beach you enjoy and have a great vacation.

Edited: 13 May 2013, 11:44
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2. Re: Upscale Beach resort post Disney

Ok, you say resort, but for you if you want:

"relaxing area with great ocean view and beach. Not necessarily remote but close access to good restaurants, bicycle rentals, running trails"

Then perhaps an upmarket rental, on the beach, with chairs included someplace like Anna Maria Island would work. Resort hotels tend to be large, and will have (by definition) lots of people around. If you wanted a more hotel like setting (but small relaxing and gorgeous) look at Harrington House. Everything on yoru list is there, and if you want more restaurants/places than are close by there is a free trolley that runs all day til 10pm.

As for other islands, Siesta Key might work, as would Longboat key. Sanibel sounds perfect for you, but isn't in your 2 hour drive radius (will be just over 3 maybe up to 3.5?)

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3. Re: Upscale Beach resort post Disney

If you want to stay within 45-60 minutes of Orlando, the Atlantic Ocean is closest, and has the soothing sound of the surf if you have a beachside room. Although Cape Canaveral / Cocoa Beach is generally more upper-middle hotels with no large 5-star resorts, the Inn at Cocoa Beach is smaller and upscale -- more appropriate for couples than families. See www.theinnatCocoaBeach.com . It is right on the beach and lounging equipment is available right there.

The Hilton is a full-service hotel on the beach, but I wouldn't call it a luxury resort, and not all the rooms have ocean views. The entire area is more laid-back and casual without the bustle and formality of the large resorts. High-rise development is now restricted.

There are a couple hundred restaurants nearby, but many are more casual with a range of cuisines. Our fave finer dining is at The Mango Tree. Cafe Marguax is another, in the small boutique shopping area at Cocoa Village. Merritt's Table and Silvestro's are also good. The Fat Snook is in an unassuming location south of town but has great food. Several good steak houses, also. Other's hotel and restaurant opinions are available on the ratings pages here on TA.

Most activities are water-based. Try the kayaking or visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent Cape Canaveral National Seashore's pristine Playalinda Beach, which is something like being on a deserted island. Some other activities include dining at "restaurant row" at Port Canaveral as the huge cruise ships sail out within 100 yards of your table, visiting Kennedy Space Center, or taking the Victory II casino cruises out into the Atlantic ( www.victorycasinocruises.com ), even if more for the view than the gambling. See www.visitcocoabeach.com .

Edited: 13 May 2013, 12:39
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