VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
Spessard Holland North Beach Park, 2207 Atlantic St, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Where can you find a pretty beach that offers you the gift of quiet relaxation? Three miles south of U.S. Hwy 192, this community beach park is a hidden gem that often remains quiet when other main Atlantic beaches are busy. Spessard Holland North Beach Park is located at 2525 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. It's only one hour from the Kennedy Space Center and relatively close to Orlando. This is a nice county park that we're sure the locals don't want you to find. You can reserve pavilions for a gathering or eat at the restaurant outdoors. This coastal area has lots of foliage, sea grapes, and wild grasses. There is lots of free beach parking.
VIBE: Family Friendly
839 S Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Sometimes a community just does a beach park right, and this time it's Ormond Beach! Andy Romano Beachfront Park at 839 S. Atlantic Avenue has something for everyone. It is beautifully designed. From little kids to older folks, you will find the amenities here delightful. With plenty of free parking in the lot and the ability to drive on this beach, make time for a visit. It is open from sunrise to sunset. No dogs are allowed (on any Volusia County beach). Ormond Beach can get busy, but not as crowded as Daytona Beach. So slip off your sandals and walk on the warm, firm sand.
VIBE: Relaxed, Family Friendly
2995 N Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
New Smyrna Beach has an amazing park called Smyrna Dunes Park that we love! It has over 2 miles of wide, elevated, handicapped accessible boardwalk capped with lumber that makes for an great walk on cooler Florida days. There is a section designated as a dog park. Our greyhound, Fancy Pants, loved it! This Florida beach park is the complete package and it's a great place for nature loving individuals. Beside the park preserve with white dunes, the main beach has miles of drive-on sand. It's easy to relax when visiting New Smyrna Beach, and it's near Orlando.
VIBE: Active, Busy, Family Friendly
Sunglow Pier, 3701 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Daytona Beach Shores is about 4 miles south of Daytona Beach, and one of the closest beaches to Orlando. You can drive on the beach all the way up to the Daytona Beach Pier from the Dunlawton Avenue entrance. This is a popular beach, but less busy than the main beach where there is a boardwalk, shopping, and major hotels. Although this post covers that area, we love Daytona Beach Shores because the ocean is pretty, and the beach less crowded. It's perfect for walking and biking and folks of all ages driving on the beach!
VIBE: Relaxed, Free Spirit
Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Ever wished you could find a Florida beach away from the crowds that's your own special place? Ponce Inlet is one of those beach towns the locals don't want you to know about! Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet is a drive-on beach located 5 miles south of Daytona Beach Shores at 5000 S. Atlantic Ave. We love it because it's less busy than the Daytona area beaches. There are several beach access points including a separate dog beach and nature trail. If you love to fish you can walk along the jetty. Everywhere you go you will have a view of the historic lighthouse. This beach area has charming character. It's smaller than other beaches, but it's worth the drive to see this emerald paradise. Pelicans love to perch on the posts here or fly down to catch fish. The water is calmer, clearer and warmer here too!
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