How Far is the Beach From Universal Studios? | 3 Closest Beaches

If you're in Orlando, there's a good chance that you'll want to visit the beach at some point before or after visiting the theme parks.

In this page we will cover how far the beach is from Universal Studios, and how close (or far) they may be.

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Table of Contents

  1. New Smyrna Beach
  2. Cocoa Beach
  3. Daytona Beach

1. New Smyrna Beach

Contrary to popular belief, New Smyrna beach is actually the closest beach to Universal Studios at 63.8 miles away, a bit over an hour away.

universal studios to new smyrna beach

Even though New Smyrna Beach is one of the lesser known beaches in Florida, it is definitely one of the most underrated.

It's a more calm environment and much less crowded than the other house-hold name beaches, and it's dog friendly.

Paddle-boarding is very popular on this beach, and you'll find dozens of paddle-boarders out on the water at all time of the day.

2. Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is 64.2 miles away from Universal Orlando via car. It will take guests a little bit over an hour (1 hour 10 minutes) to get to the theme park.

Universal studios to cocoa beach distance

Depending on what time of day that you are leaving, it may take more time.

Cocoa Beach is known as one of the best beaches in Florida, and is home to the 11 time World Surfing champion, Kelly Slater.

If you're an early riser, the best time to head over to the beach is before the sun is out.

2. Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is another one of Florida's top beaches and it's located 64.3 miles away from Universal Studios, a little over an hour away.

universal studios to daytona beach

It's about the same distance from Cocoa Beach, the main difference with Daytona Beach is that vehicles are allowed to drive and park on the actual beach (due to the hard-packed sand).

For the surfers out there, Daytona Beach is a very popular place to surf.