Top Day Trip Beaches from Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is the Most Magical Place on Earth, but after days spent conquering mountains at Magic Kingdom and dodging pirates in Adventureland, you may be looking to spend the day at one of Florida’s famed beaches. The good news? There are several stunning beaches are just a short drive away, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind and soak up some sunshine.

Here’s a look at some of the top picks for a relaxing (or adventurous!) beach day trip from Walt Disney World:

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  • Cocoa Beach: Often referred to as “Surf Capital of the East Coast,” Cocoa Beach is a classic Florida beach experience. Soft sand, gentle waves, and a relaxed vibe make it ideal for families with young children. Plus, Cocoa Beach boasts a fun little surf museum and the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and enjoying panoramic ocean views. A trip to Coco Beach from Walt Disney World resort will take you a little over an hour (depending on traffic).
  • Clearwater Beach: Consistently ranked among America’s best beaches, Clearwater offers sugary white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. This vibrant beach town caters to families with a variety of activities, from parasailing and jet skiing to dolphin watching tours. Calm shallow waters near the shore make it a safe place for little ones to splash around. Clearwater is a bit further than Cocoa Beach, so expect to spend about 2 hours heading there from Walt Disney World.
  • New Smyrna Beach: New Smyrna Beach offers a charming escape with a laid-back atmosphere. Families will appreciate the clean beaches, perfect for building sandcastles and collecting seashells. Older kids and adventurous parents can try their hand at surfing – the waves here are known to be some of the best on the East Coast. Don’t miss Flagler Avenue, a charming main street lined with shops and restaurants. A trip to New Smyrna Beach will take just under 90 minutes from Walt Disney World (depending on traffic)
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  • Vero Beach: Looking to head to the beach but stay within the Disney family? Consider an overnight stay at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. This barrier island offers a pristine beach experience with calm waters and abundant wildlife. Explore the nearby Sebastian Inlet State Park, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. A trip to Vero Beach will take you about 90 minutes from Walt Disney World (again depending on traffic)
  • Daytona Beach: Calling all adrenaline junkies! Daytona Beach is famous for its hard-packed sand, allowing you to drive directly onto the beach in designated areas. Picture yourself cruising along the shoreline with the ocean breeze in your hair – pure beach bum bliss! Keep in mind, the waves here can be strong, so it’s best for experienced swimmers. A trip to Daytona Beach will take you about 75 minutes from Walt Disney World, depending on traffic.

Related: Full Guide to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

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Pro Tips:

  • No matter which beach you choose, be sure to pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and plenty of water.
  • Most beaches have public parking available, but fees may apply.
  • Some beaches offer chair and umbrella rentals for your convenience.
  • Check the beach’s website for lifeguard hours and any specific regulations.

With so many beautiful options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect beach escape to complement your Walt Disney World adventure. So, trade your Mickey ears for a beach towel, and get ready to experience the magic of Florida’s stunning coastline!


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