Head north on I-95 and take first exit/Daytona Beach following signs all the way from this point. Daytona is the traditional drive-on beach and is on the Atlantic Coast. There are many festivals taking place on this beach during the year.
Cocoa Beach is also on the Atlantic Coast and the most direct route is along the Beachline Expressway (SR 528). This is the route to Kennedy Space Centre so it can get extremely busy during launch days. Here and Melbourne Beach are great places to watch a launch.
On the Gulf Coast, this popular tourist destination can be found by taking the I-4 West towards Tampa, the I-275 and the SR-60 West following signs from here. There are many hotels in this area and because this is the Gulf Coast, the sea is much warmer in the summer.
St Pete Beach
On the Gulf Coast just south of Clearwater. This is slightly less populated with fewer facilities.
Johns Pass is located on the Gulf Coast south of Clearwater and just above St Pete’s Beach. The boardwalk has been renovated and there are a variety of restaurants and shops for your enjoyment. Just across the bridge is Gators, a family sports bar restaurant. If you find a table outside you can relax and watch the boats passing by or even see dolphins play in the Inter-coastal waterway.
Sarasota Beaches (and town)
The beaches here are all beautiful white soft sand and the sea is incredibly warm during the summer months. Sarasota itself has a good shopping area around Armand Circle with a variety of boutique shops and many independent, upmarket restaurants. The Crab and Fin is recommended.