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Flying to Orlando

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Flying to Orlando

Hello- A family of four (kids ages 4 and 7, girls) are flying to Orlando Nov 7-12. We are not doing the theme parks. We want a beach scene and will have a rental car.

Tell me where to go??? Please. We can drive to Miami, stay in the Orlando/Oviedo area, drive to Clearwater.

What is not to miss...food, place to stay, etc. I need some direction.



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1. Re: Flying to Orlando

Drive down to Anna Maria -- just off Bradenton -- about 2 hours drive, but fabulous beaches and a great family atmosphere.

Orlando/Oviedo are inland and don't have a beach.

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Cocoa Beach is always fun with a great beach, pier, and Ron Jon's Surf Shop - and it's all within walking distrace to the beach. Ride 2 miles up to Cape Canaveral and watch the big cruise ships head out to see. Cocoa has a cool little downtown area with quaint shops, too. cocoa is about an hour from the attractions in Orlando off of SR 528 or the 'Beachline' as we call it.

Another choice is New Smyrna Beach, south of Daytona. Great beaches - especially at the foot of Flagler avenue and all of the shops. Try lunch at the Breakers - I has to be 50-60 years old. There's seating right in front of the beach on stools. You can walk in with flip flops and your bathing suit. There is a lifegard at that beach, but if you follow A1A til it ends, you'll come to Canaveral National Shoreline, and for $5.00, it's a nice, quiet getaway from crowded beaches. There are 5 lots with only about 20-25 spaces each. If you go there on a weekday morning, you might find yourselves alone on the beach. There are wide expanses of beach, wildlife like turtles, raccoons, and armadillos (yes, we have them in FL). JB's Fishcamp is a great local favorit on the Intra-costal, and you can see dolphin and sometimes manatee, from their dock. There are kayaks there for rent, too.

Brenda Harland


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