Beachy road trip destinations within three hours of Lakeland, Florida

We’re exploring a few of our reader recommendations for beachy road trips around Lakeland, Florida.

A concrete pier juts out into the ocean at sunset

Catch the sunset at Bradenton Beach.

Photo by @florida_culture

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Everybody loves a beach day, right? We asked our readers for locations they wanted to see featured in upcoming road trip guides. Here are four beachy destinations within three hours of Swan City recommended to us by readers Gail F., John W., Laura H., Joan R., and Neal P.

A pink building with lawn furniture outside surrounded by palms.

Sit in the shade and enjoy a refreshing drink before hitting the beach.

📍 St. Augustine | 2 hours 45 minutes from Lakeland

A palm tree stands on the white sand beach before a blue ocean.

Could this be your next Instagram photo?

Photo by @magwhat

📍 Nokomis Beach | 1.5 hours from Lakeland

A blue cafe with "Tahini Beach Cafe" on the sign and two diners sitting outside.

Stop by this beach cafe from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

📍 Bradenton Beach | 1.5 hours from Lakeland

A woman holds the kite end of a kiteboard in the water.

Are your kiteboarding days ahead of you?

📍 Tarpon Springs | 1.5 hours from Lakeland

That’s not all — check out our favorite quiet beaches or tell us what beach should be added to this list.

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