Beaches within Driving Distance to Central Florida

Your Central Florida vacation doesn’t only have to be to the local Theme Parks. Come on, we’re Florida! 

Florida is known for it’s white sand beaches, crystal blue turquoise waters, shell picking and of course, getting that perfect tan. 

When you think Central Florida you probably always think about the Theme Parks, but did you know that only about a 1 to 2 hour drive will take you to beaches on either side of the peninsula. You can either go to the beaches on the East Coast or the West Coast, the great perk of being right smack in the middle of the state. 

We’re here to tell you all the great beaches you can visit while on your next Central Florida vacation.

East Coast: 

  • Cocoa Beach – located in Brevard County near Cape Canaveral and Crescent Beach is a beautiful 15 ft sq mile of paradise. You can take a walk on the Cocoa Beach Pier or enjoy the many shops and eateries. On a clear day who knows you might even catch a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center.
  • St. Augustine – aside from it’s beautiful white sand beaches, St. Augustine has a lot to offer. This historial Spaniard town located in St. Johns County was established in 1565 and has many historical landmarks to check out like the Castillo de San Marco, Fort Matanzas National Monument and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum among many other sites. 
  • Vero Beach – located in Indian River County, Vero Beach is part of the Treasure Coast. It offers 26 miles of oceanfront shore and has free public access to trails and walkways that lead you to the beach like, Riomar Beach, Turtle Trail, Sea Grape Trail, Sea Cove, and Sexton Plaza Trail. Vero Beach also offers many outdoor water fun activities like fishing, skiing, boating, diving and kayaking. Vero Beach if also home to one of Disney’s Vacation Club Resorts – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. So look at that, Disney and the Beach, you can’t go wrong.
  • Daytona Beach – home of the NASCAR Daytona 500, Daytona Beach is an exciting and fun beach to visit. With over 23 miles of white sand beaches that cars can actually drive on during the day, there is much to do in Daytona. More than 10 waterfront parks to enjoy your day. You can go for a swim, ride the waves or you can take a walk on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and visit the many shops, restaurants and more.

West Coast:

  • Clearwater Beach – off the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County, Clearwater Beach has a 2.5 mile stretch of white sand beach perfect for a day in the sun or doing some shell or beach glass picking. Clearwater Beach sits on a barrier island near Sand Key and is ranked one of the best beaches in the US. You can go parasailing, jet skiing, take a boat tour, do some fishing on one of their fishing charter boats or even take a “Pirate Ship” cruise. 
  • St. Petersburg – also known as St. Pete Beach located on Long Key barrier island also in Pinellas County. St. Pete Beach offers you not only a beautiful day lounging in the sun, but if that is not your scene, then you can enjoy shopping, bars, restaurants in the downtown Pass-a-Grille Historic District. There is definitely something for everyone. 
  • Sarasota – located in Sarasota County and nestled in the Sarasota Bay around several barrier islands. Known for it’s beaches, resorts and many outdoor activities it’s a city rich in culture and fun.  

So next time you plan your vacation to our beautiful Central Florida, be sure to grab some sunblock, your bathing suit, a towel and maybe a Piña Colada and head to the beach and enjoy a tropical getaway and maybe work on that tan.  

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Ivon

Owner - Head Writer at Center of Magic
I'm a native Floridian, Wife and Mother that enjoys writing all about the great places and activities there are to do in Central Florida. I'm a past Walt Disney World Cast Member, current Annual Passholder to many of the local theme parks and I enjoy spending lot's of quality time with my family and friends.
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Ivon

I'm a native Floridian, Wife and Mother that enjoys writing all about the great places and activities there are to do in Central Florida. I'm a past Walt Disney World Cast Member, current Annual Passholder to many of the local theme parks and I enjoy spending lot's of quality time with my family and friends.

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