Great days at the Beach
The beaches in Florida offer a great alternative when you need a break from the theme parks.
They are generally very good and well worth a visit to at least one of them, if you get the chance.
Driving is fairly easy and will mainly be on the Interstate-4 or US-27 highway to start with.
When you collect your car at the airport they usually have free maps – or you can hire a Sat-Nav unit from them.
Clearwater / Clearwater Beach (Approx drive time from the villa : 1hr 30mins)
On the Gulf coast, has a lovely town center on excellent beach. You can also do a spot of fishing off the end of the pier too – watch out for the Pelicans, they will eat your fish.
If you only have a chance to visit one beach during your stay – this is the one.
Cocoa Beach / Merritt Island (Approx drive time from the villa : 1hr 20mins)
Not that far away from Kennedy space center – If you are out that way worth a look.
Daytona Beach (Approx drive time from the villa : 1hr 40mins)
On the Atlantic coast is a very long beach and home to the famous NASCAR racing. is a year-round family-friendly resort area, but could also accurately be called a seasonal town, with large groups of out-of-towners descending upon the city for various events, most notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500.
Other events include the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race in July, Bike Week in early March, Biketoberfest in mid October, and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race in January.
Miami Beach (Approx drive time from the villa : 4 to 5 Hrs)
For Miami and its famous South Beach take the US-27. Its a long drive but good to see if you have the time.
Florida Keys and Key West (Approx Drive time from Villa : 7-9 Hrs)
If you really love driving and don’t mind staying overnight there and back, then take a trip from Orlando, past Miami and down through the Fabulous Florida Keys (opens a new tab/window)
Just keep heading south and you will cross some fantastic and spectacular bridges spanning the islands and you’ll finally reach the southern-most point of the USA at Key West.
It’s a great adventure and a lot of driving at around 370 miles each way but Key West is a great place to visit. If you really want something different come back up to Orlando through the Everglades (opens in a new tab/window) on the return leg.