Family-Friendly Oceanfront Resort with Beachfront Water Park
The Cove on Ormond Beach resort overlooks 150 feet of sand along the Atlantic Ocean. Ormond Beach is typically quieter and less crowded than Daytona, but it’s every bit as picturesque. Historic 19th-century mansions, the Rockefeller Gardens, Indian burial mounds, and Bulow’s Plantation State Park are among the many attractive things to look at.
After a long day of exploring the area, you can unwind in the resort’s spacious studios and condos. Each guest room comes equipped with a full kitchen and balcony, some of which face the ocean.
The resort’s beachfront water park is a paradise for kids. They can careen down a two-story tube slide and stand underneath tilting water buckets. Inside the resort, there’s another pool set up for recreation and lap swimming. A fitness center and game room are onsite, too.
Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and a Famed Lighthouse
At the turn of the 20th century, motorists began racing on the packed sand of Daytona Beach out of practicality: the beach had a wide, unobstructed stretch and a smooth surface ideal for high-speed sprinting. Today, stock-car racing has moved to nearby Daytona International Speedway, but it’s still possible to park your car along the oceanfront here—one of the few beaches in the world where you can do so.
Hundreds of thousands of racing fans visit Daytona International Speedway each year to watch world-class champions such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Stock-car, sports-car, and motorcycle events round out the calendar all year, highlighted by the Daytona 500 in February—the first race of the Sprint Cup Series and typically regarded as the most prestigious. On various behind-the-scenes tours, you can explore the speedway’s elevated press boxes, banked infield turns, and decadent hot tubs filled with motor oil.
At Daytona Beach itself, cars toting beach gear roll across the hard-packed sand through oceanfront driving zones; there are also traffic-free areas. South of town, you can see the Ponce de León 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.