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Orlando Area Beaches

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Year-round warm weather make Florida Beaches perfect for any time of the year. When staying in the Orlando area, which beach should you choose? Closest beaches are to the East Coast where you will find large expanses of white sand and rolling waves. Looking for things to do at the beach? Here is my current list for the Top 10 Things to do at the Beach.

The Volusia County beaches are about a 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour drive to the northeast, depending on where you are starting out in the Orlando area.  Both Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches offer areas where driving on the beach is allowed.  When bringing younger children to the beach, you may want to consider parking in a public lot and walking to the beach.  

Ormond Beach - To the north of Daytona, Ormond offers a peaceful retreat from the hectic, hotel infested beach scene.

Daytona Beach - The World's most Famous Beach located northeast of Orlando still allows driving on certain sections of the beach. Check the beach map for information about driving areas, restrooms and beach ramps. Daytona beach ramps and other important information can be found on the map for North of Ponce Inlet.

New Smyrna Beach - Just south of Daytona, fewer tourists and less commercialism makes New Smyrna the preferred choice for many Central Floridians. Check the beach map South of Ponce Inlet for beach ramps and parking areas.  When driving from the Orlando area, be sure to preview the map and directions to New Smyrna BeachNote: A little hidden treasure, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a historic building located at the northern point of New Smyrna Beach.

Bethune Beachh - A little south of New Smyrna, Bethune Beach is the last stretch of beach in Volusia County.

Important Information regarding Florida Beaches:

  • Before heading to any of these locations, be sure to check the beach conditions, such as UV index, high tide, and weather forecasts.
  • Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. north of the Inlet, and 9:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. south of the Inlet.
  • The beach is open for vehicles from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 1 through October 31.
  • From February 1 through November 30, there is a $5 charge for driving on the beach. A season pass can be purchased for $40.
  • There is no charge for vehicles with handicap stickers, and specially designed beach wheel chairs are available if needed.
  • There is no charge for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Beach rules are strictly enforced.

Gulf Coast Beaches
Still, only about 1 to 1 1/2 hours out of Orlando, the Gulf Coast Beaches may not offer the waves of the Atlantic, but for those who prefer just floating out in crystal blue water, lounging at the sandy beach, or shelling, the Gulf Coast Beaches may be for you.

Dog - Pet Friendly Beaches
Canova Beach Dog Park at Indian Harbor Beach and several Pet Friendly beaches in Volusia County including Smyrna Dunes Park, Lighthouse Point Park and Seamore Memorial Dog Park.

Central Florida's Nude Beaches
Volusia County's Apollo Beach and Brevard County's Playalinda Beach are the 'unofficial' nude beaches on Central Florida's East Coast Beaches.

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