I was a teenager when I first fell for Daytona Beach. I remember the total rush of freedom that came from driving across the Intracoastal Waterway and seeing the vast Atlantic Ocean come into view. I can picture the pelicans, flying in tidy formations, dipping their wings low into the waves with their aerial acrobatics.
Today, when I arrive in Daytona, my kids spill from the car like beans from a bowl, running along the hard-packed sand that stretches wider here than in most other spots along the Florida coastline. We wade into the warm water to splash in the waves. There are endless restaurants and ice cream shops to explore—mini-golf, a boardwalk and the pier, too—but our first stop, always, is that blissful beach.
Dubbed the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona Beach is a playground for people of all kinds from all over the world, and when you’re looking to stay the night, you’ll find wonderful hotels where you can enjoy ocean views right from your room’s balcony or from a beachfront pool. Read on for some of the top Daytona Beach oceanfront hotels.