Orlando is home to the world’s greatest theme parks, but it’s also just a short drive away from some of Florida’s best beaches. Here’s a few of our favorites.
Soak in the sun, unwind at an oceanfront restaurant, or get active in the refreshing waters. Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Cocoa Beach are all less than an hour drive from Orlando.
Daytona prides itself on being the “Original American Beach,” perhaps because of its 23 miles of easily accessible shoreline, nearby attractions, and plenty of sea activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing and more. It’s also the “World Center of Racing” and the “Festival Capital of Florida,” attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year for NASCAR races, festivals, and the legendary Biketoberfest®.
New Smyrna Beach
Just a 20-minute drive from Daytona, New Smyrna is the quintessential cozy beach town, complete with miles of white, sandy beaches, tasty local grub, and exciting offshore activities. New Smyrna has been named one of “America’s Top Small Cities of the Arts,” proven by its frequent art shows and strong sense of community. Historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street offer quaint shopping, dining, and cultural celebrations as well as world-renowned fishing and golf.
“The Surfing Capital of the East Coast” entices you to get active both on and offshore. When you’re not catching a wave, treat yourself to some retail therapy at the original Ron Jon Surf Shop, the largest surf shop in the world. Not only can you buy the hottest styles of beachwear but also rent all the sea and sand equipment you can think of, from surfboards and kayaks to bikes, chairs and umbrellas. Don’t forget to visit famous Cocoa Beach Pier’s restaurants, bars, shops, and ideal fishing spots. The area also offers nearby attractions like Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, and Port Canaveral.
Learn to Surf at Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is known for surfing and being home to surf legends like 11-time ASP World Tour Champion Kelly Slater. But you don’t have to be a pro to experience the rich surf culture of this iconic beach town. Whether you’re a kook (beginner) or an experienced surfer, learn from the very best at the world-famous Ron Jon Surf School, where you will be taught everything from marine life awareness to the best and safest techniques to paddle out, pop up, and take off.