Best Beaches Near Orlando & Disney World

Question: We will be in Orlando for a week visiting Disney World and would like to take a day trip to a nice beach. What is the best beach closest to Orlando? How far is it to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf side?

Answer:

The closest beaches to Orlando are less than an hour's drive. Both Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach are about the same distance from Orlando. Cocoa Beach has more parking available, unless you want to park out on the beach. Daytona does not have much parking because they allow cars to drive on and park out on the beach. This works out fine unless beach conditions do not permit (tide too high, sand too soft, etc). If you are going for a day trip, I'd recommend Cocoa Beach.

Clearwater beach is about two hours away from Orlando. A bit far for a day trip, especially if you have younger children, but still doable. Parking can be tight on weekends and any time during January through April, so arrive early to get a good spot. Expect to pay for parking.

I've created a special page on Beachhunter.net that compares the different beach choices, including photos and Google maps for directions here: Beaches close to Orlando.

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