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Old 03-08-2008, 05:30 AM
 
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Moving to Ocala, What beaches should we check out.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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Well seeing as Ocala is in the middle of the state, your best bet would be Daytona. There are no access beaches on the West coast up that way unless you go to Cedar Key.
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Daytona is about an hour away to the east & Crystal River would be an hour to the west. I personally like Daytona better than Crystal River but everyone is different. If you don't want to drive that far you can always check out the natural springs in the forest. My favorite is Silver Glen Springs, I think that is about 40 minutes away from Ocala but there is a couple of springs closer as well.
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Ocala, Florida
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best on the east is daytona which is also the closest...flagler too. In order to get to a nice beach on the west you really need to go to Clearwater...I like Indian Rocks..quite and beautiful, although if you kayak, yankeetown in the gule is the best for island hoping and scenery
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Ocala Fl
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My favorite are Ormond and Clearwater. Ormond is about 90 minutes and Clearwater almost 2 hours because there is always traffic...but its worth the drive!
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:53 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, FL.
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LMAO! There are no beaches near Ocala. Ormond Beach/Daytona isn't all that it's cracked up to be...Neither is Clearwater Beach, it's overcrowded and over priced. If you don't mind taking a drive, the nicest beach on the Gulf Coast would be Siesta Key where there is sugar sand and the water is clear, and free parking. Good luck, but the other beaches I mentioned are not that impressive.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, FL (Hernando Beach)
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Default beaches near Ocala

We used to drive to Daytona on the East Coast. Also, for quick swim trips, we used Rainbow Springs in Dunellon, near Ocala. They charge a WHOLE BUCK to get in. take a noodle, the water's deep. Also, we have used Crystal River, on the West Coast. Just drive to Crystal River, and ask anyone where the beach is. It's small, but the water is WARM. Take fishing rods and crabnets if you like to fish, there's a pier. TTYL, A
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Ocala Fl
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Hey Angela- how is Crystal river compared to rainbow springs? I have been to rainbow, and the kids only stay in for about 10 minutes! Then they are bored and I personally am not interested in swimming in there either, lol.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, FL (Hernando Beach)
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Smile crystal vs rainbow

We went to Rainbow Springs when it was REALLY hot. The water is so cold there....we went to a small Gulf beach at Crystal River....it was fun. We also have SEVERAL "swimming holes" here in Hernando County. (I moved from Ocala) I loved Ocala, but we were spending all our weekends over here in the water. TTYS, A
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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The best beach anywhere near Ocala is St. Augustine Beach/Crescent Beach. It isn't as dirty as Daytona or Congested as Ormond or as far as Clearwater. You can spend the day on the beach, then go to the outlet mall and then go downtown for sightseeing. Plenty of things for the kids to do like Mini Golf, and for the adults plenty of beach bars if you are in need of a cold one. Also it isn't at all pricey to stay the night at a hotel or rent a condo for a week. Have Fun!
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