Beachy road trip destinations within three hours of Lakeland

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 a few beachy destinations within three hours of Swan City recommended to us by our readers and followers.

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

Someone pours wine into a glass overlooking the water from a small cruise boat.

A bottle of red on a sunset cruise is on our summer bucket list.

📍 Longboat Key | 1 hour 45 minutes from Lakeland

A small dog in a red vest stands on a white sand beach with the ocean in the background.

Leashed dogs are welcome at Honeymoon Island State Park — they even have their own beach.

📍 Honeymoon Island State Park | 1.5 hours from Lakeland

Waves crash on the beach under a lavender sky.

Catch a sunset at Treasure Island.

Photo by @ethans.pic.dump

📍 Treasure Island | 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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