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Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

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Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

It looks like we will be flying into Orlando and are looking for a beach on the Atlantic side that would be nice to visit. My husband isn't very impressed with Daytona Beach since it looks busy. We have heard bad things about Cocoa Beach (lots of seaweed).

We want to spend one night on the Atlantic side when we first fly in. We will arrive around noon in Orlando and don't want to waste the days ticket in Disney.

Any thoughts on a good beach. It will be my husband and I and our 3 kids (7, 4, and 2). After we do Disney we will be going to Sanibel Island for 4 nights and Siesta Key for another night. We would like something that is close enough to Orlando so we have no more than a 2 hour drive.

Thanks!

P.S. We will be going in late Spetember.

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1. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

How about New Smyrna? It's south of Daytona, but north of Cocoa Beach.

Just don't venture too far out in the water as it's the shark bite capital of Florida.

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2. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

Thanks we were looking at New Symra but I think we will pass. Knowing it is the Shark Bite Capital of Florida I will worry to much to let the kids play.

Any other ideas? Any personal experience with Cocoa or anywhere else? Is Daytona that busy in September?

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3. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

For a quick jaunt to the Atlantic we usually pick Cocoa. Being form the east coast originally I would agree it could be a lot better, but it's close. We like the convenience of Alan Shepard Park. It is a gated pay lot with restrooms, picnic area, and two restaurants/bars. Walkable to the Ron Jon shop as well as down the beach to the pier. As far as seaweed, there was a good bit (on the beach) on our last visit, but it seems the conditions are always very different the times we've gone. Flying into MCO this would be your closest and a straight shot over on 528.

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4. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is the closest beach, and it is a pretty nice beach. Take 528, exit at the south cruise terminal, turn left at the light and keep going until you are at the park. There is a place to get snacks, a fishing pier, and usually a couple of Manatee near the pier in the summer.

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5. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

Of course I meant that the GENERAL Cocoa Beach area (...and Cape Canaveral and the cruise terminals) is the closest and easiest beach to get to from MCO (compared to Daytona or the others you have considered).

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6. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

Daytona Beach area has so much to do on the beach and off if you get tired of sunning or it rains. Check out the Daytona Beach area of TA for things to do and reviews of the beach. You won't be sorry.

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7. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

If you are coming in September, Daytona shouldn't be that busy. If you are still concerned maybe try Daytona Beach Shores. It is south of Daytona and there are parts that the beach is really quiet, especially if you go in the conservation zone where there is no driving. You could try down in Ponce Inlet, too. It's very scenic, there is a few restaurants, a playground, the lighthouse, and walking trails in the park. It is still close enough if you decide to go to Daytona to eat or do touristy things at night. It is beautiful ,scenic Florida. And easy to get to, just a bit north of Cocoa.

Have a great trip!

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8. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

Thanks we want a hotel on the ocean (we will be spending the night here before we do Disney in the morning).

Maybe we will look into Ponce Inlet, Cocoa and south shores.

We want a nicer hotel as well

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9. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

The Best Western Aku Tiki Inn is in the south part of Daytona Beach and has a kiddie pool, a huge pool, kids activities, grassy play area between the pool area and beach. DB shouldn't be busy in September. Check it out on the DB area on TA.

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10. Re: Nice beach on the Atlantic side easy to get to from Orlando

If your husband does not like Daytona Beach because of all the sea weed . he wont like any of the beaches on that side cos they are just one continuous strip. When there is sea weed on Daytona its on all the beaches along there as they all face the same direction.

But its not always covered in sea weed, depends on time of year, state of tides. and weather conditions.

Cocoa beach & Jetty park is as as good as any and there are one or two nice new hotels built there,

Country Inns & suites, and Ron Jon right on the beach at jetty park. But never personally stayed in them