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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 04:59 PM
I am taking the family to see Mickey Mouse and the crew in a few weeks. Want to do something besides Disney while we are there. Will be taking a drive to the ocean and wondered which beaches people recommend. Not really familiar with the part of Florida and would appreciate any advice.

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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 05:52 PM
I was just down in Orlando with my family. I'll let someone else more familiar with the beaches there speak to this. The Disney scene is normally not my type of place, but I will say that Disney was really a nice time - never too old to enjoy with the kids. You may want to consider a day at Typhoon Lagoon - a first class water park at Disney. We spent a couple days at Sea World which was special if you and the kids like marine life. Downtown Disney has a lot of music going on. Enjoy your stay.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 06:07 PM
Clearwater Beach is a probably the prettiest on the Gulf side. John's Pass, Reddington, and Indian Rocks are good too.

On the Atlantic I'd go with Melbourne or Daytona, preferably Melbourne. I live 20 minutes from Disneyworld, so these beaches are closest in proximity to you.

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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 06:12 PM
Oh, there's a real nice Bass Pro Shops right down International Drive from a lot of Disney hotel/time shares.
I'll check around and see what else is happening for you once I get back home(Sunday) from Georgia.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 07:57 PM
Thanks. Appreciate the help and any info that comes my way. Will have to stay close to Disney so unlikely to travel to far but definitely want to take the kids to the beach. Will get enough water park action at Disney so a dose of the real thing would be nice.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2010 at 08:09 PM
I have to agree with the pup. I live in Pinellas,and by far the beaches are sweetest on this side of the state. Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands are regularly voted the finest in the country. Well worth the drive imo.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 03:49 AM
When I took my kids there I did a two centre split ...

Week 1 @ Orlando for Magic Kingdom / MGM / Sea World / Universal etc etc
Week 2 @ St Pete's Beach where as well as the beach you also have nearby the fabulous Busch Gardens that combines a zoo with a theme park (my kids enjoyed that more than the disney stuff).

Whatever you do, you will be sure to have a great time ...

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 05:30 AM
The thing about Orlando is your in the middle of it all in Florida.

Cocoa Beach is a straight shot out S.r. 520 from Orlando about 1 3/4 hrs.

Daytona Beach is also a straight shot out Interstate 4 about 2 hrs depending on traffic

Melbourne Beach is nice and not real crowded about and hour and a half away also

and like '71 said the West Coast is nice also and about an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic................

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 08:17 AM
If you are headed back from Orlando toward home through Alabama, then I would recommend checking out Destin, IMO it is a wonderful family vacation area.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 09:57 AM
I live near Cocoa Beach and would recommend visiting. Cocoa Beach and beaches south of it are very nice. Not crowded south of cocoa beach. Disney to Cocoa beach is a little over an hour's drive.
You'll enjoy the visit and don't forget to visit Ron Jon's surf shop...

PS: forgot to add that there is no traffic between Orlando and Cocoa Beach the other areas mentioned can get pretty congested depending on the time of day.

[Edited on 8/7/2010 by bobkaufman]

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 10:25 AM
Not a beach expereince but last time I went to Orlando we ate at Sonny's BBQ. Its a chain bbq restaurant throughout the southeast.

As a Cdn you will appreciate the quality of the BBQ and atmosphere. Since most of our BBQ restaurants suck.

I am sure I should have gone to ... for BBQ but it was easy to find the restaurnat and the mixed meat plate and sides rocked.

Have a great trip

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 12:40 PM
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I live near Cocoa Beach and would recommend visiting. Cocoa Beach and beaches south of it are very nice. Not crowded south of cocoa beach. Disney to Cocoa beach is a little over an hour's drive.
You'll enjoy the visit and don't forget to visit Ron Jon's surf shop...

PS: forgot to add that there is no traffic between Orlando and Cocoa Beach the other areas mentioned can get pretty congested depending on the time of day.

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I like Cocoa Beach, too, and that would be my recommendation.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 01:14 PM
New Smyrna Beach. About an hour from the airport in Orlando.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 01:21 PM
Oops. Was over there last Sunday and forgot Cocoa. It is nice too, but I like the Gulf better than the Atlantic side, just my preference.

Leafsfan is right. Sonny's is a pretty good BBQ chain. Everytime a friend of mine from Dayton comes down he goes to Sonny's and like him I have found that the one in Haines City, which isn't too far from Disney to be the best of the chain.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 01:22 PM
And they have plaques near the register to prove it...

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 01:41 PM
I have to go with Cocoa, though its been while since I have been there....if we are talking about a day at the beach.

If it were me, and I had a couple of leisurely days, I would head for Daytona and bang around the whole Pier, Main Street ,Bike shops part of town, there is a great old vinyl shop loaded with wonderful olf lps, many ABB lps, if you need any to complete a collection, etc.

I would then drive up A1A from Daytona to Jax Beach..at a really slow, enjoyable pace... There are so many GREAT parks, Local Parks, State Parks, Federal Parks, on either side of A1A, including beaches and all sorts of wetland preserves, Bay Heads, etc, you really should see it alll. A great , concentrated in a small area, taste of "old" Beach-side Florida....(as opposed to say, Miami)

Blue Springs Park is on my to do list, in my minds eye it will be the ABB of the Park system, however, the entire length of A1A if virtually one grand park after another.

Quant Seafood Restaurants right on the ocean dot most of the drive as do tiny Beach Towns.

If you have never been, I consider Freebirds a must, Judy Van Zant Jennings (one of GA's ex-girlfriends & of course Ronnie's widow) has always been on hand whenever we have been there, and she is absolutely the epitony of Southern graciousness, a true Southern Belle.

The Soul food she serves there is as good as it gets. Her LS/ "Southern Rock" collection of memorabilia is awesome, she has all the Gold Albums as well as many great photos adorning the walls.

I do live on the Gulf Coast, and yes, we have great beaches too. St Pete is fabulous, if too city for me. We also have a great "beach drive" along the West Coast, much further South, between Englewood Beach, Manasota Key , Venice Beach area, plus Gregg's old stomping grounds of Siesta Key is cool, and you can catch BO2 and Pedro on any giving evening playing the locals haunts. my 2 cents, for what its worth..Hope you enjoy Mickey& Sea world...Epcot is fun and interesting too...Welcome to FLA

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 01:58 PM
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We also have a great "beach drive" along the West Coast, much further South, between Englewood Beach, Manasota Key , Venice Beach area, plus Gregg's old stomping grounds of Siesta Key is cool
And Osprey where brother Dickey lives.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 02:59 PM
As an ex Pinellas Sun Coast guy, I have to agree with the props for Caledesi and Honeymoon Island (world class indeed). Desoto State Park is outstanding as is Clearwater Beach. These are easy rides in from the Disney area and very uncrowded this time of year.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 03:41 PM
I live in Delray Beach, but prefer the West coast beaches. St. Pete is beautiful, but
north of there are some less crowded and very nice beaches. Destin is further away, but well worth the trip and a nice family place as well as some of the best beaches anywhere.

BTW, I don't like Sonny's BBQ at all. Haven't been there in decades! You will find lots of good seafood restaurants. There is one, non-chain BBQ place in Orlando. Can't remember the name right now.

I personally would never go to Sea World again after the dolphin diaster.

Have a great vacation!


 

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 11:02 PM
I have always said it and still do. You people are the best. Not even the worst troll could make me forget that. Thanks for the help and advice. Keep it coming.

My parents lived in Dania so I have always spent time around Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and south of there. Drove through the rest many times though but only spent a bit of time in Jacksonville and that was long ago.

As this is a family vacation, I won't be doing tonnes of travelling and clubbing although if the right show.......(have to be careful in case Mrs CMule reads). No No No shows Family vacation people.

I think I will let others chime in and see which beach wins. Interesting competition so far.

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  posted on 8/7/2010 at 11:46 PM
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We also have a great "beach drive" along the West Coast, much further South, between Englewood Beach, Manasota Key , Venice Beach area, plus Gregg's old stomping grounds of Siesta Key is cool
And Osprey where brother Dickey lives.


Bradenton Beach on the Gulf Coast has been known to host a few celebs working on their tans!

 

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  posted on 8/8/2010 at 09:39 AM
Not sure if Mrs. Mule wants all those celebs and TMZ chasing me all over the beach.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2010 at 10:36 AM
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If you take your boy and girl, for a week at Disney World
All the money you have saved you'll go right through
And when you say you're out out of cash, Mickey says “hey kiss my ass,
All our parks take MasterCard and Visa too”

 

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  posted on 8/8/2010 at 11:24 AM
The Gulf side.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2010 at 11:59 AM
Used to live in Orlando and hit the beaches weekly. East coast is the most accessible for a quick getaway. Cocoa is a really quick trip from Disney. I prefer Daytona and, even more so, New Smyrna Beach. Quiet, fun town, and you can drive your car on the beach.
 
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