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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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Sometimes, a lake just doesn’t cut it. We asked our readers for locations they wanted to see featured in our road trip guides, and beaches were certainly a common theme. 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

📍 Clearwater Beach | 1.5 hours 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

An aerial view of beach houses on Anna Maria Island near the blue and green ocean in the distance.

Take some time from your beach trip to explore the city.

📍 Bradenton Beach + Anna Maria Island | 1.5 hours from Lakeland

📍 Fort De Soto Park | 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

📍 Siesta Key | 1 hour 45 minutes 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

📍 Daytona Beach | 2 hours 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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