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Old 04-21-2001, 08:51 AM   #1
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Which beach is best?

We have an off day from WDW planned. Had planned on seeing Shuttle launch in June but the date was moved back. We want to go to a beach with 2 DS (4 & 7). We would like a clean beach but within a couple of hours drive from Orlando. Would like suggestions on which beach would be best? Either coast.
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I like both the gulf and the ocean, but I think that the ocean side would probably be the easiest to get to from Orlando. Maybe some of our Florida friends can help you out.


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The closest beach is Cocoa Beach. The next closest is Tampa/St. Pete. If you like shells, head to Sanibel Island, about 5 hours south. There's a ton of them there!



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Old 04-21-2001, 09:34 PM   #4
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Best Beach...

Daytona.
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Old 04-22-2001, 12:57 PM   #5
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For a day trip, we have had good luck with Melbourne, or technically Indianalantic (sp?) It's just a bit south of Coco Beach, and about an hour to an hour and a half from Orlando. For a longer stay we prefer the gulf side, and will second that Sanibel/Fort Myers area is beautiful. St. Pete can be nice too, and is about two hours from WDW.
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Old 04-22-2001, 02:25 PM   #6
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St Pete's is probably the best for younger children, as Daytona still attracts a large youth culture, notably at spring break (although it is changing).

Check out the excellent St Pete's web-site on:

www.stpete-clearwater.com

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Old 04-22-2001, 09:52 PM   #7
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which St. Pete beach

Thanks for the info. LIked the St. Pete link. Which of their beaches is best for a family?
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Old 04-23-2001, 08:28 AM   #8
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St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach are great for families. Clearwater has a huge playground right on the beach. But it can get really packed. St. Pete Beach is a little slower. And Pass-A-Grille on the south end of the beach has no high-rise condos and is great for families.

I like Indian Rocks Beach too, but I'm biased. I live there. It is a smaller beach with less facilities, but it has great restaurants.
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Old 04-23-2001, 09:00 AM   #9
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Exactly how far in driving time is St. Pete's from Orlando? Sounds like a great place to me. Thanks for all the great info!!!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2001, 11:15 AM   #10
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It shouldn't take any more than 2 hours from WDW, and you might do it in 90 minues given a clear run down I4.

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