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east coast

cocoa beach | travel time: approx. 1 hour 50 minutes

daytona beach | travel time: approx. 2 hours and 3 minutes

vero beach | travel time: approx. 2 hours and 4 minutes

west coast

clearwater beach | travel time: approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes

anna maria island | travel time: approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes

siesta key | travel time: approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes

locally sourced beach essentials

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swimwear / 5th and Hall

Need some stylish yet effortless beachwear? 5th and Hall has you
covered. Check out their online store at

skincare / Rafa Natural

Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but remember to show your skin some love too. We recommend Rafa Natural’s Vitamin C Crème, Refreshing Cucumber Mist, and Clear Mint Lip Balm. You can visit their store in downtown Lakeland located at 244 N. Kentucky Avenue. If you’re headed to Anna Maria Island for the day, you’re in luck — Rafa Natural is also located at 5508 Marina Drive.

food and drinks / Publix

For those traveling to the coast on a budget, swing by Publix, order some subs, and stock up on your favorite beach snacks and drinks. Check out for ways to save at your local store.

reads / The Lakelander Magazine

Personally, we recommend the newest issue of The Lakelander as the essential companion on any of your adventures away from home. Make a quick stop at one of your favorite local establishments to pick up a free copy before heading to the beach. Visit for a full list of distribution locations.

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 spring break kids’ camps

pmoa spring break art camp

The Polk Museum of Art is hosting a Spring Break Art Camp which will provide children the freedom of exploration through creativity, process, medium, and technique. This will be a fun, creative, and open atmosphere for children to develop their love and appreciation for the arts.

Attending a specific class of their choice for all five days, students will have the opportunity to master skills in their chosen art concentration while attending the camp. The camp also includes a supervised 30-minute lunch and 30-minute snack break each day. Students must bring their own lunch, but the snack is provided by PMoA. For more information, please visit

registration deadline: Sunday, March 18

date: March 26-30; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ages: 7-13

cost: $100 for Members,

$140 Non-Members (Family Membership is $60)

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camp fire spring break vacation station camp

Camp Fire is hosting Vacation Station, a camp focused on teaching children about nature, animals, and the world around us. Each day will consist of fun, hands-on educational and recreational activities.

Attendees must have a current Camp Fire membership. For more information or to inquire about scholarship assistance,

please email

date: March 26-30; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (early and late care available)

ages: K – 5th grade

cost: $25 per day *Must be a register Camp Fire member