The 25 best hidden beaches within driving distance of Orlando

We know the entire state of Florida is pretty much one huge beach. But rather than deal with the crowds at Cocoa or Daytona, why not check out a nearby beach that's just off the beaten path? Some of you may recognize a few names here, and we salute you on being in the "know." For everyone else needing a break from the norm, here are 25 hidden beaches scattered along the Florida coastline.

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SINGER ISLAND
Don’t get too caught up with all the natural beauty on Singer Island, another barrier island gem tucked away on the Florida coastline. This wild sandy spot is ideal for hiking, canoeing and paddleboarding, so drop the smartphone and go on an adventure.
Distance: 2 hours and 35 minutes
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SINGER ISLAND
Don’t get too caught up with all the natural beauty on Singer Island, another barrier island gem tucked away on the Florida coastline. This wild sandy spot is ideal for hiking, canoeing and paddleboarding, so drop the smartphone and go on an adventure.
Distance: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Photo via southflpaddle/Instagram
LOVERS KEY
Lovers Key came to prominence as a place where couples would seclude themselves for romantic rendezvous. No one’s saying you can’t get steamy on the sand dunes, but now there’s plenty more to do: kayaking, fishing, hiking and bald eagle watching.
Distance: 3 hours and 32 minutes
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LOVERS KEY
Lovers Key came to prominence as a place where couples would seclude themselves for romantic rendezvous. No one’s saying you can’t get steamy on the sand dunes, but now there’s plenty more to do: kayaking, fishing, hiking and bald eagle watching.
Distance: 3 hours and 32 minutes

Photo via staysonyamind/Instagram
GASPARILLA ISLAND
You hear that noise? No? Exactly, because on Gasparilla Island seclusion is what it’s all about. This barrier island can get real scenic with all the natural wildlife hanging around. Go for a stroll yourself or have a ranger guide you along. Either way, you’re bound to see the lighthouse that was built in 1890.
Distance: 2 hours and 51 minutes
Photo via adamt_jones/Instagram
GASPARILLA ISLAND
You hear that noise? No? Exactly, because on Gasparilla Island seclusion is what it’s all about. This barrier island can get real scenic with all the natural wildlife hanging around. Go for a stroll yourself or have a ranger guide you along. Either way, you’re bound to see the lighthouse that was built in 1890.
Distance: 2 hours and 51 minutes

Photo via adamt_jones/Instagram
SEBASTIAN INLET
With the multiple surfing competitions held at Sebastian Inlet each year, you're bound to catch some good waves here. Snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular, so don't forget to go underwater exploring.
Distance: 1 hour and 42 minutes
Photo via neaf_nugget/Instagram
SEBASTIAN INLET
With the multiple surfing competitions held at Sebastian Inlet each year, you're bound to catch some good waves here. Snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular, so don't forget to go underwater exploring.
Distance: 1 hour and 42 minutes

Photo via neaf_nugget/Instagram
FORT DE SOTO PARK
Fort De Soto is truly vast. You can spend the whole day with just you and the dog on the beach, head over to the pier for some relaxing fishing or explore some of the ruins from the beach’s days as a military fortification.
Distance: 2 hours and 24 minutes
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FORT DE SOTO PARK
Fort De Soto is truly vast. You can spend the whole day with just you and the dog on the beach, head over to the pier for some relaxing fishing or explore some of the ruins from the beach’s days as a military fortification.
Distance: 2 hours and 24 minutes

Photo via wander.lex/Instagram
CALADESI ISLAND STATE PARK
When you can only get somewhere by boat... well, let's just say you'll have a lot brag about when you get home. You can have one of the best shelling experiences of your life or just drag a lounge chair to the warm waters for a relaxing afternoon. Either way you'll be left alone at Caladesi.
Distance: 2 hours and 24 minutes
Photo via etraveltrips/Instagram
CALADESI ISLAND STATE PARK
When you can only get somewhere by boat... well, let's just say you'll have a lot brag about when you get home. You can have one of the best shelling experiences of your life or just drag a lounge chair to the warm waters for a relaxing afternoon. Either way you'll be left alone at Caladesi.
Distance: 2 hours and 24 minutes

Photo via etraveltrips/Instagram
TIGERTAIL BEACH
This isn’t your ordinary beach: you have to either kayak/canoe through or walk around a lagoon to actually get to the beach area, but once you’re there it’s a sight for sore eyes. You don’t even have to worry about packing a cooler thanks to the Tigertail Beachside Cafe and their endless supply of hotdogs and chicken sandwiches.
Distance: 3 hours and 49 minutes
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TIGERTAIL BEACH
This isn’t your ordinary beach: you have to either kayak/canoe through or walk around a lagoon to actually get to the beach area, but once you’re there it’s a sight for sore eyes. You don’t even have to worry about packing a cooler thanks to the Tigertail Beachside Cafe and their endless supply of hotdogs and chicken sandwiches.
Distance: 3 hours and 49 minutes

Photo via elebreakstone/Instagram
DISAPPEARING ISLAND
Drop the anchors-- it's low tide and Disappearing Island is back at it again. You'll feel like you're in the middle of a hip hop music video with all the boats, booze and bangin' tunes in every direction. Enjoy the warm water while you can... low tide only last so long.
Distance: 1 hour and 20 minutes
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DISAPPEARING ISLAND
Drop the anchors-- it's low tide and Disappearing Island is back at it again. You'll feel like you're in the middle of a hip hop music video with all the boats, booze and bangin' tunes in every direction. Enjoy the warm water while you can... low tide only last so long.
Distance: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Photo via boosted_09gt/Instagram
VILANO BEACH
Surf's up at Vilano Beach. The warm waves just keep coming making it a good time for the surfers and those of us who like to jump over and dive under waves like bosses. Take a beach walk to discover to jetties-- your Instagram followers will thank you.
Distance: 1 hour and 58 minutes
Photo via aefigss/Instagram
VILANO BEACH
Surf's up at Vilano Beach. The warm waves just keep coming making it a good time for the surfers and those of us who like to jump over and dive under waves like bosses. Take a beach walk to discover to jetties-- your Instagram followers will thank you.
Distance: 1 hour and 58 minutes

Photo via aefigss/Instagram
JUNO BEACH
There's not much room to complain when the beach is free to roam on and the sand looks pretty damn white. Pack a basket and grab shade under a picnic shelter, or hustle over to the dog areas with your short-legged bud for some off-leash fun.
Distance: 2 hours and 23 minutes
Photo via laylavonathey/Instagram
JUNO BEACH
There's not much room to complain when the beach is free to roam on and the sand looks pretty damn white. Pack a basket and grab shade under a picnic shelter, or hustle over to the dog areas with your short-legged bud for some off-leash fun.
Distance: 2 hours and 23 minutes

Photo via laylavonathey/Instagram