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Moustache
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Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
I have a meeting in Orlando and am looking to take the family to the beach in my free time. Any suggestions?


GRTiger
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Clearwater

that may be out of range now that I think about it.
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Moustache
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
that's a little out of range, man. I'd love to go to Clearwater though.


Dan Bilzerian
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Daytona/Coco Beach, but being the Atlantic, the beaches are ok and the water isn't very clear. Cold, too.

Tampa/St Petes is 2 hours, minimum.


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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
If you absolutely MUST do Daytona, only go to the southern area..Ponce Inlet State Park. The beach with all the driving in Daytona is a racket.


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madmaxvol
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Clearwater


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Pettifogger
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Sebastian Inlet is just a little outside of that time frame


Tigeralum2008
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
When I was stationed in Orlando, I would head to Cocoa Beach (45mins). Daytona is an hour away but it was too commercialized for my tastes.


Dan Bilzerian
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
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When I was stationed in Orlando


The base closed in 1998. When were you stationed there?

Nuclear? Non Nuke-ET?


madmaxvol
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
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hat's a little out of range, man. I'd love to go to Clearwater though.


Mapquest shows it at 1:45...so not to much farther than the 1:30 limit you had. Definitely worth the extra 15 minutes each way. With that being said...you are close enough just to go hit Wekiwa Springs and take a swim there.


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Towelie
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Cocoa, New Smyrna, Melbourne are all about an hour depending on where you're staying. I'm not really a fan of Daytona. Clearwater area is worth the longer drive though IMO, fewer shark bites, cleaner beach, warmer water.


Eta - you can definitely be in Clearwater in under two hours
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meeple
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
We've been to cocoa beach. Nice, lazy beach and community. If you have time you can also check out the Kennedy Space Center visitor's center while you are there.


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lsufan3
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Cocoa or New Smyrna Beach. New Smyrna being my preferred choice. Laid back, less developed. Eat at JB's Fish Camp and enjoy the sunset on Mosquito Lagoon.


thesoccerfanjax
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
What? Water is 85 right now. Far from freezing.


Moustache
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
What's the parking situation like on Clearwater Beach?


TheOcean
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Depends on the day. Weekdays shouldn't be bad. It'll be around 2 hours, though. And DO NOT drive from 7-9 am or 4-6 pm unless you love torturing yourself


madmaxvol
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
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What's the parking situation like on Clearwater Beach?


Best I remember...there was a lot of public parking right next to the beach. Here is a map of public parking at Clearwater Beach that should help.

LINK



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tigerpimpbot
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
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Cocoa or New Smyrna Beach.


This. I wouldn't frick with going west out of orlando for the beach.


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ELVIS U
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
Vero Beach


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Moustache
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re: Best beach within 1-1.5 hr driving distance of Orlando, FL
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Depends on the day. Weekdays shouldn't be bad. It'll be around 2 hours, though. And DO NOT drive from 7-9 am or 4-6 pm unless you love torturing yourself



Well shite. Meeting in Orlando is at 7 pm. So, I'd be hitting it right at bull shite traffic time.


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