postheadericon Florida: Daytona Beach – The Plaza Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach – The World’s Most Famous Beach

We took a short, 3 night vacation over Easter Break looking to trade our cool North Carolina weather for the Florida sun and warm waters! We booked our room via Priceline and we used the bid option. If you’ve never used this option let me tell you a little about it….When you choose to bid on a hotel you pick your area and name your price, but you only find out what hotel it is if the site accepts your bid. It can be a little nerve racking, but Daytona Beach Shores only has 3 – 4 star hotels so we knew that we would be getting one of those 3 hotels. We would have been happy with any of them. I bid and it was accepted and we ended up at the Plaza Resort and Spa located just a block away from Ocean Walk and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, the boardwalk, and entertainment.

The location was perfect and the hotel was nicely appointed. We were satisfied, but the hotel had a few things that I feel I should mention. The pool was in need of a makeover, especially the chairs, and the deck was dirty. We chose not to pay to upgrade our room (with bidding you don’t pick your room type) so we were in the front of the hotel near the street and it was very loud. The resort is located right across the street from a nightclub so it stayed noisy late. We had a great vacation, but I thought I should pass along those little *issues* :)

We wanted to chill on the beach and that is exactly what we did. My girls enjoyed boogie boarding the waves and building sand castles. We took long walks on the beach and found loads of periwinkles. Those are the cutest little things ever and they can keep my kids busy forever! There was a DJ at the pool on Saturday and my girls got to participate in a Hoola Hoop Contest which they each won for their age group! Go Jillian and Chloe.

Things to Do:

Putt Putt – What is a beach vacation with out this!

Daytona International Speedway – Daytona 500 Experience and so much More….

Ponce Inlet– A colorful, scenic fishing village located at the southern tip of Daytona Beach Shores Penninsula and home of the tallest lighthouse in Florida. It also has a Marine Science Center, Charter Fishing Boats, and yummy restaurants.

Boardwalk and the Main Street Pier

Ocean Walk

Sun Splash Park – 611 S. Atlantic Ave. This is a great little spot if you want a break from the beach or if you are staying off of the beach. Kids love the splash pad/water fountain and it also has a shaded playground and picnic tables. It has a parking lot, restrooms, and an outdoor shower.

Daytona Lagoon – 601 Earl Street.

New Smyrna Beach – Located 20 minutes south of Daytona Beach and is known for a high number of shark bites so be careful while swimming and surfing.

Getting There:

Located just off I95 at exit 256. Take International Speedway Blvd. east until you see the ocean!

DAB – Daytona Beach International Airport

MCO – Orlando International Airport is just 1 hour away

JAX – Jacksonville International Airport is just 1 hour away

A Little Piece of History

Daytona Beach was deemed the World’s Most Famous Beach because back in the early 1900’s cars used to race on the hard packed sand. It is where racing began. Now it is home to the Daytona International Speedway, hosting NASCAR’s most popular events. Daytona Beach is 23 miles of white sandy beaches that sits on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. 18 miles of the beach are still drivable, making it one of the few beaches left in the world that you may drive on! If that’s not your thing, no worries, 5 miles are reserved for visitors that don’t want to share the beach with vehicles.

Now this beach attracts over 8 Million visitors a year. It hosts events all year that make it a busy, happening place. Bike Week, Biketoberfest, Winter Jam, Speed Weeks, and College Reunions are a few examples.

We used this vacation as a relaxing getaway, but typically Daytona Beach is a happening place so make sure you check your calendar before you go!

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