Kissimmee is 55 miles from Melbourne Beach on the Florida Atlantic Coast. Most people will probably head to Cocoa Beach which is 63 miles from downtown Kissimmee. Kissimmee and Cocoa Beach Pier are connected by major highways and other than rush hour traffic they should allow you to travel at a decent speed and soon you will have your toes in the Atlantic Ocean.
Keep in mind these travel distances are from downtown Kissimmee Florida. Kissimmee is huge and much of it is closer to the Gulf Coast. The closer you live to Interstate-4 the faster the trip will be. Clearwater Beach may be as close to Kissimmee as one hour and twenty minutes. Central Florida is not that wide from the east coast to the gulf coast but much of it is rural. Stick to the major roads and use a good mapping service which will warn you of slower traffic so you can drive around it.
Clearwater Beach is my favorite beach in Central Florida. Travelling there is also fairly easy and has some great sights once you approach Tampa Bay. The bridges, St Pete Beach, the Clearwater Beach Pier and the best white sand beaches near Kissimmee await you. A warning though, you may never want to go to Universal Studios or Walt Disney World again there is so much on this part of Florida's gulf coast.
Daytona Beach Pier is about 78 miles or an hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Kissimmee FL. Daytona Beach is well to the north and most famous for Daytona Speedway, Bike Week, the pier and the water park which is there. New Smyrna Beach also has beautiful sandy beaches and seaside fun. These two Atlantic beaches are side by side with Daytona Beach to the north.
Amazing beaches can be found both to the north and south of Cocoa Beach. On the north end of Cocoa Beach is the Cocoa Beach Pier, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Canaveral National Seashore and the Kennedy Space Center. Any of which are worth a drive from the theme parks to the west. Vero Beach is just to the south and several other peaceful beaches all waiting on you here on Florida's Atlantic Coast.
Florida's Space Coast not only has beautiful beaches but should be part of any Central Florida vacation. It is less than an hour from Orlando International Airport. Beachfront Parks, marine life, nature tours and the perfect day trip or laid back vacation. See you soon at one of the great beaches near Kissimmee.