East Coast Beaches: The
Located on Florida's Central
East Coast, just 53 miles from Orlando, Daytona Beach stretches 23
miles along the Atlantic. Well known for being the home of the Daytona
500 NASCAR race, spring break, and BikeWeek, Daytona is popular with
young people and families alike. The gentle slope and tides have packed
the white sands near the ocean which allows for driving of cars as
well as the rental of many different types of beach bikes and buggies.
Florida East Coast Beaches
Of the 23 miles of beach,
16 miles allow driving and parking during the day and when the tide
permits. Simply pack a lawn chair or blanket and cruise over to Daytona,
park within feet of the water and deploy your lawn chair, sandals
and suntan lotion - all while declaring this a sun and surf lovers
paradise. On the flip side, if you are a nature lover or prefer a
more "serene" retreat you will have to look a little further.
Whether youre cruising the boardwalk, hanging out on the pier
or just kicking back with your favorite book, Daytona Beach is fun.
The Daytona Beach area
is only an hour's drive from greater Orlando and even closer to St.
Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center. Please click this link
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Daytona : From Orlando, take Interstate 4 East to Daytona
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Visiting Ormond Beach
can be one of your most rewarding vacations. Ormond Beach is located
on the northern end of the greater Daytona Beach Resort Area in Northeast
Central Florida. This area is known for it's famous drive-on beach,
one of the few available in the world. Ormond Beach's nickname, the
"Birthplace of Speed" comes from the turn of the century
speed records set here on the beach. Today, millions of visitors come
each year to witness automobile racing at nearby Daytona International
Ormond Beach has areas
to suit every need. Some of the beach areas permit driving, however
the northern areas do not. All offer breathtaking beauty and water
related fun! It's easy to see why our beaches are considered among
the best in the world. Whether your day at the beach is to relax and
read a book; cast a line into the surf; build sand castles with the
children; or cruise along the shoreline with the top down, Volusia
County beaches can accommodate your desired experience.
Location: New Smyrna
Beach is located on Florida's east coast, just north of Cape Canaveral.
Off 1-95, exit 84A. Directions: East off I-95, Exits: Southbound 84A;
Beach boasts over 13 miles of beautiful white sandy beach. Wide and
flat with vehicle access like Daytona but much less crowded than its
northern neighbor, (75 minute drive from Orlando) New Smyrna begins
at Ponce Inlet and continues on to Canaveral National Seashore and Apollo
Beach."The World's Safest Bathing Beach" is great entertainment
in a clean, peaceful setting (sunbathing, swimming, surfing, jet skiing,wind
surfing, fishing, shell collecting).
the mouth of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach serves as the
gateway to the historic and picturesque Indian River Intracoastal Waterway
and 13 miles of Atlantic Coast beach.
Rich in history and sunshine,
New Smyrna Beach is often referred to as "Floridas Original
Theme Park." Bound at the southside of the island by the pristine
57,000-acre Canaveral National Seashore park and at the north end
by Smyrna Dunes Park, with its 1.5 mile boardwalk loop around the
Inlet area, nature comes alive here. Watersports abound, with some
of the best surfing in the area and fishing that is absolutely first-class.
Palm trees border Flagler Avenue, a true seaside beach street lined
with quaint boutiques, surf shops and restaurants. Historic Canal
Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach has enjoyed a renewed emphasis
on its old town charm.
Florida's Space Coast, which includes Titusville, Cocoa Beach,
Melbourne and Palm Bay, offers 72 miles of sun-drenched Atlantic shores
and more than 250 square miles of protected wildlife refuges. On
Canaveral National Seashore, visitors will find dozens of miles of
splendid sand beaches backed by high barrier dunes. Along the undeveloped
natural shoreline, Playalinda Beach is a popular stretch for shelling,
picnicking and swimming. Lucky visitors will also spot dolphins and
whales frolicking offshore. Nearby, the Merritt Island National Wildlife
Refuge is said to be home to more threatened and endangered species
than any other refuge in the United States.
Location: Just 60 miles
from Orlando on the Beeline Expressway! Come
it's an easy drive! Cocoa beach is just south of Port Canaveral which
the Disney Cruise Line's Dream and the Fantasy call home port.
Cocoa Beach is just an
hour from Orlando so it is very popular with tourists and residents
alike. The beaches are not "serene" but offer a wide variety
of fun with wide sands, gently sloping beaches and moderate but fun
surfing and swimming waves. There are quite a few parks on the beach
which offer direct access to the ocean. Most are from 2 acres to 40
acres in size and some offer picnic pavilions, surf fishing, nature
trails, playgrounds and surfing or swimming. Many resorts, hotels,
and restaurants adjoin the parks.
While most of Melbourne
is located on the Florida mainland, a small portion is located on
a barrier island. The Indian River Lagoon separates the island from
the mainland. The area is the perfect side trip for the Orlando
vacationer with beach dreams.
Bonsteel Park 8455
Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach is popular for surfing and shoreline
fishing, this peaceful 2.34-acre community beach park is located
15-miles south of U.S. Hwy 192. Preserving the natural environment,
facilities at this quiet south beach include a stabilized parking
area and dune crossover.
Coconut Point Park
3535 Highway A1A, Melbourne
Beach Located 5.5 miles south of U.S. Hwy 192, this 36.9-acre
community beach park and sea turtle nesting site preserves the natural
environment. Popular for surfing, beachcombing and fishing, the
park amenities include a small pavilion, restrooms, and an outside
shower. One of the 2 dune crossovers is wheelchair accessible.
North Beach Park
On the beach 8 miles
south of US Hwy 192, this 4.53 acre community beach park is a popular
fishing site and recreation area.
Holland South Beach Park
Across from Spessard
Holland Golf Course & 3.5 miles south of U.S. Hwy. 192, this
6.5 acre community beach park with seasonal lifeguards is a popular
family park with a 150' boardwalk. Many a memorable vacation has
taken place on a stretch of sand not unlike Spessard Holland Park.
To the south, the Space Coast melts into Florida's
Treasure Coast, comprised of Indian River and St. Lucie counties. Near
this convergence, the popular Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area's
dramatic shoreline entices beachgoers, while its crashing waves beckon
surfers. And the inlet's rock jetties, beach area and river waters are
synonymous with exciting fishing, making it one of Florida's premier
saltwater fishing destinations.
Florida's Treasure Coast,
comprised of Indian River and St. Lucie counties, boasts more than 40
miles of golden Atlantic beaches edging cobalt-blue ocean waters. Nestled
along the shore, Vero Beach's small-town atmosphere and casual lifestyle
make it a relaxing family vacation destination.
In addition to plenty of
beach fun, visitors can enjoy the town's shop-lined streets and award-winning
restaurants.In addition to its beaches and waters for swimming, scuba
diving, boating, fishing, and other water sports, Indian River County's
parks offer countless opportunities for recreation and enjoying the
out of doors. Eighteen golf courses allow for all levels of play, and
tennis facilities are widely available.
Add Holman Stadium, the
6,500 seat Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Disney's
Vero Beach Resort (where the Magic of Disney meets the Beauty
of the Beach), and a host of museums, theatres, restaurants, night spots,
and shopping areas and you have the makings of a great vacation.
No Florida vacation is
complete without a trip to the beach, and no other beachfront resort
can deliver the Disney-inspired family fun that you'll find at Disney's
Vero Beach Resort. Don't be fooled by all the fun and sun, this is one
beautiful Disney property and is directly ON Vero Beach.
Nestled on a sun-drenched beach midway between Cape Canaveral and West
Palm Beach, discover Disney hospitality with a splash of oceanfront
fun on Florida's famed Atlantic coast. Let your kids slip down Pirate's
Plunge, a 163-foot spiral water slide, or splash with them on the Pirate
Ship wet-deck. There are no limits to the recreational opportunites
and fun days. Swim in the Atlantic, play mini-golf, rent a hobie cat,
roast a marshmallow at a seaside campfire, massages, 7 mile bike trail,
the nearby golf courses! I should mention that this is one of my favorite
Disney Resorts and one of Floridas best beaches (quiet) Disney's
Vero Beach Resort. The Disney folks will pamper you at this
wonderful beach resort. Just a 2 hour drive from Orlando and relatively
serene and quiet the setting is magical and the service is legendary.
Ocean Drive (north), Vero Beach: 8.3 acres, ocean beach, lifeguard,
boardwalk, dressing and shower facilities, playgrounds, large picnic
area, Bethel Creek House. 561-231-0578.
Round Island Park
5 miles south of Vero Beach on A1A: ocean beach, lifeguard, boardwalk,
dressing and shower facilities, playground, picnic area, dune crossover
for catamarans. 561-234-8375.
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