Orlando plus beach?

Old Feb 16th, 2019, 06:59 PM
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Orlando plus beach?

We’re looking to do a split vacation where we spend some time near parks such as bush gardens or Disney but then drive to a west coast beach. Any suggestions on which west coast beach is close and how long of a drive? Thanks in advance! Also, any worries about red tide in May??
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Old Feb 17th, 2019, 04:02 AM
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If you are at Busch Gardens you will be on the west coast of Florida. Clearwater Beach would probably be the closest beach to Busch Gardens.
I don't know if anyone can predict the red tide. Right now it's pretty clear.
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Old Feb 17th, 2019, 04:03 AM
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You can check for Red Tide here: https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
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Old Feb 17th, 2019, 04:42 AM
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Seems like I can get to sanibel in 2.5 hours from ramps based on a website I used. We’ve been there before and know we loved it....is it worth it to drove that far? Is the Clearwater area similar or are there any other suggestions you have for a great beach resort?
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Clearwater Beach is crowded and over-developed and full of traffic in a relatively small area. Nothing like Sanibel.
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Thanks, that's what I was wondering. Same for St. Pete Beach?
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Old Feb 18th, 2019, 09:39 AM
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Thanks, that's what I was wondering. Same for St. Pete Beach?
We love St. Pete, the city, but St. Pete Beach is also not like Sanibel. A little like Clearwater Beach without as much traffic. A lot of concrete.
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Our kids just went to Orlando for a meeting and then went to Melbourne for the beach.
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If you are at Orlando parks then west coast beaches are about and hour and a half away. My favorites are St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, and Anna Maria island. Never had traffic issues at any of them. SPB and TI have lots of restaurants/bars/music that you can walk to. AMI is a little less busy and spread out so you need to take the free shuttle bus to most places.
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