Where to spend 2nd week after first week in orlando?

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1. Posted by Kilash (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi all!

So - Big family holiday, probably the last one. My family and I are travelling, consists of 4 couples - 3 in their 20s and their 3 respective partners. Then our parents who are both 50. Group of 8 people.

We will fly into Orlando MCO from Dublin approx Tues 27th December 2021. (side issue: having trouble getting any direct from dublin/belfast, virgin Atlantic via heathrow looks best option)

Our first week will be spent revisiting the parks after coming 7/8 years ago as kids. That will be long, active days.
Previously on a few occasions we have driven to Miami, Key West, Clearwater, to name a few in Florida.

Accom wise - for 8 people we have considered the villa with a pool option, however we did this previously and most were quite far out from I Drive and park areas, in Kissimee etc. Previously stayed @ Hilton Orlando, Waldorf astoria and JW Marriott, Bonnet creek. Looking most likely hotels but it is expensive and availability seems to be limited already on Booking.com

Cars - I am not sure whether we will rent one big vehicle or rent 2 between 8 of us. At night we will be taking taxis anyway to restaurants/bars.

For the second week, for 4/5 days we would like a beach/relaxing holiday near the coast. I will do my research, but Key West was quite a drive, Fort Lauderdale sprung to mind - however I am not sure if it is the same place it was years ago? Miami was lovely but we don't like cities, it was very much a celebrity hideout as we stayed in South Beach.

What the group likes - warm/hot weather, great choice of restaurants, bars (not big drinkers or partiers), luxurious/4 star+ accommodation or resorts. Beach would be great but pool at accom is fine. We are all quite fit and healthy. Maybe golf for the 3 boys but not a deal breaker.

We will probably depart Orlando for Dublin on approx Sun 9th January 2022, so my guess is we will travel back up to Orlando for 1/2 nights before we leave. However this is not a given, we could fly out from somewhere else, it's just getting flights with minimum stopovers and journey duration that's the problem from Ireland.

TO SUM ALL OF THAT UP: 8 people, 1st week in Orlando at parks, 2nd week we need help choosing a destination that fits - beach/coast, relaxation/luxury within driving distance of Orlando.

Thank you in advance, this forum has been a great help and inspiration in planning memorable family holidays over the years.

2. Posted by wanderinglia10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

The next Best visit you can plan to is Daytona Beach that's 90 mins away from Orlando and caters to all that you are looking for or if you have visited that then you can plan for New Smyrna Beach 1hr from Orlando.

3. Posted by Kilash (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thank you. Would these have plenty to do for a few days stay, not just a daytrip?

4. Posted by wanderinglia10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Yes, You can have few trips around Daytona Beach there are some amusement parks, Museum and International speedway so you will have few days activity to do.

5. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 256 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'd also look at the Sarasota or Clearwater/St Petersburg areas. As far as stuff to do, we don't know what your interests are when not getting some R&R on the beach so spend some time with the visitor's websites?

https://www.visitsarasota.com

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

6. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 393 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

delray beach midway between palm beach and fort lauderdale, an hour from miami, near multiple great museums including the art museum in boca raton and palm beach - very highly rated in a recent travel magazine.
great active town, great free beach, two really nice hotels (check the seagate), really good restaurants.

7. Posted by robinwilliams (Inactive 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I love to travel, mostlly in USA, In my openion Southwest Orlando is best place to visit in USA After first week in Orlando.

8. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 256 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

robinwilliams, as the OP mentioned that they'll be going to the "parks", I'll assume that's Southwest Orlando (Universal) and Lake Buena Vista (Disney). They are looking for a 2nd week on the COAST, not in Orlando or that general vicinity.

I'm not an Orlando fan - theme parks hold little attraction for me - but know I'm in the minority so no offense, Kilash!

[ Edit: Edited on 22 May 2021, 12:44 GMT by goodfish ]

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2330 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Looking at robinwilliams' profile, they appear to be here to promote a website.

10. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 256 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

....they appear to be here to promote a website.

Oh for pete's sake.
I shoulda looked before wasting the time.
Head, meet keyboard.