Visit the surrounding beaches. Orlando is only one hour away by car from the closest beach. If you have time, schedule a day to visit one of Orlando’s surrounding beaches. Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Canaveral National Seashore and Melbourne beaches are to the east. Treasure Island, Clearwater Beach, Fort De Soto Park, Caladesi Island, Anna Maria Island are to the west (on the Golf Coast).