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Beach resort to relax in after a week in Orlando

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Beach resort to relax in after a week in Orlando


Can you recommend a good beach resort within three hours of driving from Orlando? I've stayed in Clearwater beach before but wanted to try a different resort. Looking for a resort with a nice beach and nice restaurants. Just a general place where you don't have to drive everywhere.

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1. Re: Beach resort to relax in after a week in Orlando

so is no car a priority? Do you want a big built up feel like Clearwater or something slower?

A few places I know if where you can walk out and about (or get a free trolley as opposed to a paid for taxi/bus etc) are Anna Maria Island, Lido Key (esp the Holiday inn where St Armands is a very short walk) Captiva island (smaller, more exclusive) Fort Myers Beach (for this one walkign distance in someareas, others you'd need the trolley which may cost). These are within abt 3 hours, but Captiva although north of Ft myers beach would be the longest drive.

Other places like Sanibel, Siesta and Longboat keys would suit if you didn't mind having to pay for night time transport for plac es you can't walk to (which will be defined there by the place you choose to stay)

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2. Re: Beach resort to relax in after a week in Orlando

You essentially have to drive to my town, Vero Beach, but the beach area is heavily pedestrian and usually has lots of people walking around. Google Street View imagery is excellent.

Where Vero Beach fancies itself as the southern branch of the Hamptons, New Smyrna Beach is more modest and is a busy surfing town. If you don't too much mind cars on the beach, it's well-liked.

Edited: 02 July 2014, 00:24
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3. Re: Beach resort to relax in after a week in Orlando

Take a look at the satellite view on Google Maps to get an idea of the layouts of various beach towns.

For example, Cocoa Beach is less-densely developed, but spread out over about six miles along the beach, so getting to the distant parts would require a car or a trip on the trolley. However, there are a few places in the central area (along A1A around the intersection with State Route 520) where you have beach, hotels, restaurants and some shops (including the huge Ron Jon Surf Shop) all within a few blocks. The area around the Cocoa Beach Pier is another area with more density.

The beach there is very nice -- it was recently "renourished" by a $12 million federal project. The big plus is that Cocoa Beach / Cape Canaveral is about 60 minutes from Disney, and 45 minutes from the Orlando Airport via the Beachline Expressway (SR 528).

See tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34145-d23… for reviews from other TA members.

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