The Gulf Coast beaches of Florida boast warm, sparkling water, small waves, and white sugar sand. The drive to the Gulf is longer and it helps if you avoid rush hour in Tampa, or go to one of the more southern beaches and avoid it entirely. We like to spend a night or two at the Gulf so we have plenty of beach time.
Distances are from Walt Disney World. Times are based on no traffic. Use Google Maps to find the best route and check traffic before you leave!