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Old 10-11-2010, 07:51 PM
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Hello! Have friends here who would like to get to a beach. Anyone know the closest one? I'm thinking Daytona Beach?? Help??

Old 10-11-2010, 07:58 PM
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I Believe you are correct about Daytona Beach being closest. I do not care much for that beach however because it is too packed down. I believe that St Pete and Clearwater are only 15-20 mins farther away but have far prettier beaches. JMO> Sally
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:07 PM
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Depends on what you are looking for. I love South Daytona Beach if I am in the mood for being around crowds. St Pete and Clearwater for total relaxation. Daytona is closer, St Pete/Clearwater (if you miss traffic) 30 minutes longer
Old 10-11-2010, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by SALYBOW View Post
I Believe you are correct about Daytona Beach being closest. I do not care much for that beach however because it is too packed down. I believe that St Pete and Clearwater are only 15-20 mins farther away but have far prettier beaches. JMO> Sally
No comparison between the two. Clearwater Beach is the best. Head to Tampa and then due West to Clearwater from near the airport on hwy 60.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:30 PM
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New Smyrna is probably closer than Daytona - we happen to like the towns better too (New Smyrna Beach and New Smyrna). Hard flat beach, but we think nicer than Daytona. 4 or 5 really nice, friendly restaurants also. Have stayed there about 3 times. We might be in the minority, but just don't like the high rises and the tourist traps at Daytona (or Clearwater).

Our favorite West Coast beaches are Anna Maria island (not sure I wanted to let everyone know about that one) and Siesta Key. A little further, but worth it. We also like Venice Beach a lot.
Old 10-11-2010, 08:31 PM
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Daytona Beach is the closest, about 90 minutes from TV. All of the beaches on both sides are great, and we love Daytona. If you are wanting to drive to a beach, just for the day, and not spend the night, I think that Daytona is the best choice; and there is more interesting scenery along the way going to Daytona, since going to the Gulf side beaches it is mostly interstate to get there. Daytona is flat and level at the water edge, so it is great if you want to go for a long walk on the beach. There is a great casual oceanside restaurant, Ocean Deck, just south of the pier, perfect for lunch, snacks, and drinks. When we go to Daytona we usually park in the parking lot there, for easy access to the beach and the Ocean Deck.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:47 PM
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If going to the Beach for a day I prefer Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs on the Gulf. It is easy to get to without hitting alot of large city traffic. It is not easy to find so you will need good directions using a google map or GPS. Where it is located you go through some neighborhoods in Tarpon Springs.

There are no hotels and usually not crowded. The beach is located out in the Gulf about a mile on an island and you drive there via a causway. The beach is very nice. This is a hidden gem in my opiniion. If you go there you will go back. Fred Howard Beach is 90 miles from Wildwood of which 53 miles is on I-75.

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Old 10-11-2010, 09:09 PM
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Alexander Springs - about a 45 minute drive from TV.

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Old 10-11-2010, 09:20 PM
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There's a great Gulf beach only 1 hour from TV, near Crystal River. Take 44 west to 19/98, so south, connect back up with 44 W and it dead ends at the Gulf. There is a pier there. About 1/2 mile before the end of 44 there is a nice little beach/picnic area with a safe inlet for swimming.
Old 10-11-2010, 09:34 PM
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Another vote for New Smyrna Beach but then again I am partial. Spent many a month of December in NSB over the past 20 years. That was until I found TV.
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