Daytona Beach, The Insider's Guide

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Fifty miles northeast of Orlando and 242 miles northwest of Miami, Daytona Beach is one of the largest cities on Florida’s Fun Coast with so much to do: fresh seafood and tropical cocktails, annual festivals and events, museums and botanical parks, outdoor recreation, nearby golf, shopping and sensational beaches. Stop by Guest Services for personal recommendations and local tips to help you get the most out of your stay.

  • Day Trips
  • Eat & Drink
  • Golf
  • Points of Interest
  • Shopping

Day Trips

Sun Splash Beach Front Park | 1.1 miles

The park features interactive water fountains, lush walkways, shaded playgrounds, picnic tables, and more. 

Daytona International Speedway/World Center of Racing | 5.5 miles

The Daytona International Speedway hosts a series of annual events and races and offers track tours. 

The Ormond Scenic Loop | 7.1 miles

‘The Loop’ is just over 30 miles long with unobstructed views of rivers, creeks, marshes, barrier island dunes and beach, and historic dwellings. A hardwood hammock forest canopies the road.

Kennedy Space Center | 61.1 miles

A little over an hour from Daytona Beach, the Kennedy Space Center is an interactive and educational experience (check out Lunch with an Astronaut); bus tours are offered.

St. Augustine | 61.6 miles

Take A1A from Daytona Beach north to St. Augustine and enjoy long stretches of untouched beaches and scenic views. While there, take a trolley tour; also grab a bite at one of their gourmet bistros or cafes.

Eat & Drink

Aunt Catfish’s | 5.2 miles

4009 Halifax Drive, Port Orange, FL

Down South river cooking. Fresh seafood, ribs, and drinks on the Halifax River.

Daytona Beach Golf Club | 4.7 miles

600 Wilder Blvd, Daytona, FL 32114

Play a round of golf and then snack on the burgers, BLTs and Club sandwiches from their on-site grill.

Cinematique of Daytona | 2.9 miles

242 S. Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Daytona’s oldest independent theater. Showcases art films while serving casual food and drinks.

Daytona Diner | 0.3 mile

2043 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118

Enjoy a ‘50’s theme and what some say is the best breakfast in town.

Ronin Sushi & Bar | 2.4 miles

111 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Sleek but cozy restaurant with a menu of sake, sushi and other Japanese food selections.

Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club | 1.7 miles

27 S. Ocean Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Opened in 1940, this waterfront 3-story spot offers seafood, burgers and a reggae bar with live music.

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse | 2.4 miles

100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

High-end steakhouse serving grilled meats, seafood and cocktails in a sophisticated setting.

Golf

Riviera Country Club | 6.6 miles

500 Calle Grande Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

An 18-hole par 71 course, Riviera was named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” 2008-2009, and is home to the longest running Mini-Tour event in the country. 

Indigo Lakes Golf Club | 7.6 miles

312 Indigo Drive Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Indigo Lakes is an 18-hole par 72 course designed for players of all skill levels. 

Venetian Bay Golf Club | 18.9 miles

63 Airport Rd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Wide fairways and smooth rolling greens make this 18-hole championship golf course  a standout. Players can expect a generous practice putting green, a chipping green and driving range.

LPGA International | 11.6 miles

1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124

LPGA International features the Hills Course and the Jones Course, both considered distinct in design. Golf Digest rates them as four-star courses.

Halifax Plantation Golf Club | 16.8 miles

3500 Merritt Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Nestled in a lush canopy of century-old oaks, Halifax is considered one of the most picturesque courses in Central Florida. 

Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club | 11.3 miles

1850 Crane Lakes Blvd. Port Orange FL 32128

A semi-private 18-hole course with one of the toughest, and perhaps the best, conditioned course in the area.  

Points of Interest

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens | 6.8 miles

950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL 32129

The lush 10 acres of these botanical gardens include an Audubon trail and is home to stunning ancient trees, shrubs, exotic plants and flowers. 

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum | 9.9 miles

4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

An historical landmark, the Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida and visited by over 170,000 people each year; see its collections and exhibits as well as incredible views from the top of the tower. 

Planetarium | 4.6 miles

352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Experience the solar system and a night sky tour from a live presenter in an immersive 360-degree environment using their OmniStar™ projector; inside the Museum of Arts & Science.

Daytona Lagoon | 2.0 miles

601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

A family-friendly water park with a wide range of activities including water slides, go-karts, mini-golf, an arcade, laser tag, and a rock-climbing wall. 

Daytona International Speedway | 5.5 miles

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

This world famous racetrack is home to NASCAR events, including the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, and more. 

Daytona Beach Pier & Boardwalk | 3.0 miles

Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach Pier & Boardwalk offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor amusement rides, gift shops, restaurants and live entertainment.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens | 36.3 miles

3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771

This 116-acre, 500-animal zoo and botanical garden is located just south of Daytona Beach. 

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park | 27.6 miles

3501 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, FL 32136

View ruins of the former plantation, a sugar mill, and slave cabins. The 150-acre park is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

South Beach Street Historic District | 3.2 miles

South Beach Street and US1, Daytona Beach

Head to South Beach Street Historic District and Riverfront for shopping, dining, antique shops, museums and more than 150 historic buildings. 

Shopping

Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach | 8.1 miles

1100 Cornerstone Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32117

A modern, open-air mall, Tanger is home to 75 brands and designer names at outlet prices including Michael Kors, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, J. Crew, Nike and Banana Republic. 

The Pavilion at Port Orange | 9.5 miles

5501 S. Williamson Blvd, Port Orange, FL 32128

The Pavilion is an outdoor shopping center with shops, dining, walking trails by the water, a play area for children, water fountains and a movie theater with 14 screens. 

Volusia Square | 6.8 miles

2455 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

With stores ranging from T.J.Maxx to Pier 1 Imports, Volusia Square offers another shopping destination on the Boulevard. 

Volusia Mall | 5.8 miles

1700 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Located across the street from Daytona International Speedway, Volusia Mall is an indoor shopping center, featuring a wide variety of shops, dining, and entertainment. 

Bellair Plaza | 4.4 miles

2501 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Bellair Plaza is the largest beachside shopping center in Daytona Beach with a supermarket, specialty shops, department stores, restaurants, and a bowling alley.