Family-Friendly Oceanfront Hotel
The Cove on Ormond Beach hotel overlooks 150 feet of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not the most famous stretch of sand 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’ll 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 face the ocean.
Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and a Famed Lighthouse
The quiet town of Ormond Beach is just 6 miles north of the famous Daytona Beach, where motorists have been racing on the tightly packed sand since the turn of the 20th century. The beach is wide, smooth, and unobstructed—ideal conditions for high-speed sprinting. Today, Daytona Beach remains one of the few beaches in the world where you can drive right on the sand.
The area’s stock-car racing, however, has moved to the nearby Daytona International Speedway, which draws hundreds of thousands of fans each year. Stock-car, sports-car, and motorcycle events are all held here. But even when there isn’t a race going on, you can explore the speedway on various behind-the-scenes tours. You’ll get to visit the elevated press boxes, the banked infield turns, and decadent hot tubs filled with motor oil.
South of town, you’ll find the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. A spiral staircase winds up to the top of the 175-foot tower, where you can overlook a 52-acre park filled with armadillos, shore birds, and native wildflowers.