There are plenty of beaches located within a reasonable driving distance of Disney World. We have an extended list in our Beaches Near Disney World article, but here are a couple of favorites:
Clearwater Beach has been ranked the #1 beach in America for a reason. It’s known for its laid-back atmosphere, soft, white sand, and – you guessed it – clear water!
The beach attracts visitors year-round. It gives visitors an opportunity to swim in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters or go jet-skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.
The winding beachfront promenade is a popular spot for cyclists and rollerblades, and the area has plenty of casual seafood restaurants and cafes if you need a bite.
At sunset, you will find nightly festivals with street performers and craft vendors on Pier 60 Park.
Address: Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
New Smyrna Beach
The city of New Smyrna Beach is south of Daytona Beach, about a 1.5 hr drive from Walt Disney World Resort. The area is known for its beaches, including Canaveral National Seashore. Smyrna Dunes Park has beautiful views of Ponce Inlet and the lighthouse.
The downtown Canal Street Historic District is lined with palm trees, shops, art galleries, and the New Smyrna Museum of History.
Guests can come here to surf, swim, fish, rent a bike, explore the city, or just relax along the shoreline.
Address: New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Daytona is known for its NASCAR racing and spring break crowds, but the beach alone is a great place to relax on your day away from Disney World. Just be sure to avoid the times when crowds are expected.
The beach’s boardwalk is a great place for families. There are games, carnival rides, and numerous dining spots along the beachfront.
Address: Daytona Beach, FL 32118