Beyond Disney: Family, Food and Feeling Good at Space Coast Beaches & Greater Orlando

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  • Orlando

  • Florida

  • Beaches

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Beach Town

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

Not only is Orlando, Florida known for Disney World Resort but it has some of the state's best beaches like Indialantic Beach.
Curator’s statement

Drive one hour due east of Disney and you arrive at Florida's Space Coast beaches. Home to regular rocket launches, one of the largest sea turtle populations in the world and miles upon miles of laidback beaches with perfect waves for learning to surf and plentiful open-air casual waterfront and beach shack vibe eateries. Or, stay in Orlando and chill, spa, shop, (wine?!) and dine (and stay cool!) in one of endless options.

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Where to stay in Orlando, Florida

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Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Chic beachfront resort with upscale rooms and suites offering ocean views.

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  • $50 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenities.

  • Upgrade & late check-out whenever possible.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

The grand hotel of Orlando with a championship-level golf course.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Port d'Hiver Bed and Breakfast

A charming and elegant coastal retreat nestled in Melbourne Beach, offering luxurious accommodations and personalized hospitality.

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Things to do in Orlando, Florida

Learn how to surf in the surf schools of Cocoa Beach, Orlando.


Get Active: Learn to Surf! Ohana, Neilson and Cocoa Beach Surf Company are some local favorites, all based in Cocoa Beach

(Fun Fact, Kelly Slater, 11x World Champion, was born and raised in Cocoa Beach himself!)


Kennedy Space Center! This is really the spot for infinity and beyond from babies to grown ups!

Patrick Airforce Base Beaches - Protected, beautiful and don't cost you a dime, also, all of the beaches in the Space Coast are home to one of the worlds largest populations of sea turtles - I love the motto leave no trace, make no mark!

Stay: Historic Top Rated Port De Hiver Hotel In Melbourne Beach - Happy hour daily for guests with beer/wine and hors d'oeuvre.


Check Out: Downtown Lake Eola - Live orchestra, swan boats and real swans too, plenty of lakeside eateries to grab a drink and app at!

Lake Nona/Boxi Park - Escape the crowds of the parks and catch a laid back vibe at this ultra family friendly community hangout area glow in the dark boxes that make up a little market, live music and delicious dining options.

Spa: Ritz Carlton Orlando, super spacious and airy, peaceful and the best amenities, famous spa pool and skinny margaritas

Stay: Ritz Carlton, JW Marriot - These two properties link and the enormous lazy river makes an excellent day of chilling at the pool off from the parks.

Places to eat & drink in Orlando, Florida

Poke Bowl is one of the famous menu in Mel's Tiki Cafe.

Restaurant Recommendations

On my list, Micchellin Star Domu - Ramen, eccentric cocktails and no reservations.

Sticky Rice Lao Street Food - Say no more. Sticky rice and anything = drool.

Chroma - Perfect for your big crowd, focus is on on small plates, something for everyone in this chic interior.


4th Street Fillin' Station - Think chirizo breakfast tacos and nitro coconut cold-brew also they have brunch happy hour (clever concept) in a comfy airy, green, outdoor setting (a ton of fans going) with the base as a massive garage, there's also a separate ice cream shoppe with loaded milkshakes.

Mel's Tiki Cafe Stay - The yummiest Poke bowls from a woman owned bad a$$ restaurant that the secret got out on!

Fat Snook- 5 star dining off a two-lane portion of A1A- new American, heavy on seafood with all the best kind of twists in modern boho vibes.

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Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out our Travel Advisor Becky Tenaglia 's guide, 1 Week in Walt Disney World. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Orlando.