Family-Friendly Oceanfront Hotel with Two Pools
The Cove on Ormond Beach hotel overlooks 150 feet of sandy beach along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not the most famous beach in these parts—that distinction goes to Daytona Beach, located just a few miles south. But Ormond Beach is typically quieter and less crowded than Daytona, and it’s just as picturesque.
The resort’s beachfront water park is a paradise for kids. They can careen down a two-story tube water slide and stand underneath tilting water buckets. Inside, there’s another pool set up for recreation and lap swimming. Indoors, you can also find a fitness center and a game room outfitted with a pool table.
After a long day of activity, the resort’s studios and one- and two-bedroom condos are comfortable places to unwind. Each guest room at The Cove on Ormond Beach comes equipped with a full kitchen and a balcony, some of which are oceanfront. If your room faces the ocean, be sure to wake up early to catch the sun rising above the Atlantic.
Greater Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and a Famed Lighthouse
The quiet town of Ormond Beach is just 6 miles north of its more famous counterpart, Daytona Beach. The two towns share sandy beach and a bit of racing history. At the turn of the 20th century, motorists began racing on the packed sand of Daytona Beach. Racing here was a practicality: the beach had a wide, unobstructed stretch and a smooth surface ideal for high-speed sprinting. Today, it’s still possible to park your car along the oceanfront—one of the few beaches in the world where you can do so.
The area’s stock-car racing has moved to nearby Daytona International Speedway, visited by hundreds of thousands of fans each year. Stock-car, sports-car, and motorcycle events round out the calendar all year. Even when there isn’t a race going on, you can explore the speedway on various behind-the-scenes tours. Visit the elevated press boxes, the banked infield turns, and decadent hot tubs filled with motor oil.
South of town, you can see the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. There, a spiral staircase winds up to the top of a 175-foot tower, where you can overlook a 52-acre park filled with armadillos, shore birds, and native wildflowers.