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8 Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotels For Every Traveler

Sleep with a view of the sweeping Atlantic Ocean—and perhaps pelicans and passing dolphins, too—at these eight Daytona Beach oceanfront hotels.

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.

Stay oceanfront in the heart of Daytona's Ocean Walk Village

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What’s better than checking into your hotel and ditching the car during your vacation? It’s hard to beat the central location and fabulous resort amenities at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The property sits right in the middle of Daytona’s popular outdoor entertainment complex, Ocean Walk Village, which is home to excellent shopping and restaurants.

If a day well spent, to you, means dipping in and out of the warm ocean (the beach here is blissfully carefree), you can enhance the experience here thanks to the hotel’s private cabanas for rent along the shore’s edge. It’s hard to imagine a more inviting spot for sipping a frosty boat drink on a balmy Daytona day.

Families find their bliss here, too, thanks to a dedicated children’s pool and the D-Dawgs Kidzone, where you can let the kids burn off some energy (and catch a break, yourself!) with the collection of board games, arts and crafts and video games. If your kids are old enough to play on their own, you might even be able to kick back with a cocktail at the nearby oceanfront pool while they play. The pool is heated in winter, so you can count on it being a hotel hot spot all throughout the year.

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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Daytona Beach, 0.2 miles to Daytona Beach
8.1 Very good (7600 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Daytona Beach
8.1 Very good (7600 reviews)

Romance awaits within steps of the sand

Looking to stay in a place that pours on the romance on the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’? Picture yourself kicking back in an Adirondack chair, toasting happy hour around outdoor fire pits facing the ocean at The Shores Resort & Spa.

A Daytona Beach couples’ favorite, the hotel has rooms with views of either the Intracoastal Waterway or the ocean. Spend your mornings enjoying a surf lesson onsite, then make time for an herb-infused body scrub or a mud wrap at the hotel’s decadent spa, considered among the best in town.

For an indoor/outdoor vibe, book one of the ground floor “cabana rooms.” They have covered lanais where you can hang out together enjoying the ocean views or watching whatever big game is playing on the outdoor flatscreen TV.

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The Shores Resort & Spa

8.1 Very good (3616 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
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The Shores Resort & Spa

8.1 Very good (3616 reviews)

An oceanfront hotel with ship-like appeal

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Stay in an oceanfront room with a balcony at the Best Western Plus Aku Tuki Inn and you just might feel like you’re on a cruise ship, thanks to soaring ocean views that stretch 180 degrees north and south.

Families love the fun Polynesian theme of the property, exemplified by the peaked roof and enormous tiki statue that welcomes guests. Renovated in 2017, the hotel has been a Daytona standard since it first opened in the late 1960s. So when you’re staying here, you’re staying at a classic.

And what better way to spend your downtime at the hotel than by engaging in some classic Florida beach vacation fun. Will you build a sandcastle with the kids by the low-tide line or play a round of Marco Polo in one of the hotel’s two oceanfront pools? It’s your vacation, so choose your own adventure.

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Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn

8.4 Very good (2607 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
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Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn

8.4 Very good (2607 reviews)

Hard core fun at the Hard Rock

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The Hard Rock chain is known around the world for letting the good times roll. And when the Hard Rock Daytona Beach opened on the oceanfront in 2018, it ushered in a new standard for an upscale stay in the town that loves to get down.

Much of the good times at the hotel play out at the beachfront pool deck, which is decked out with a pool bar and BBQ grills that just beg you to chill out and enjoy the ocean vistas. For a beverage to toast your good luck, just look for the Wave Terrace—the hotel’s oceanfront bar—for a mean craft cocktail or a cold local brew.

Kids, on the other hand, will want to spend their time at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club with entertainment that ranges from arts and crafts and dance parties to video games and foosball in a lounge-like setting. And on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s “Kids Night Out” featuring dinner and a movie in the club.

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Hard Rock Daytona Beach

Top rated
Daytona Beach, 1.1 miles to Daytona Beach
9.0 Excellent (1085 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Hard Rock Daytona Beach

Top rated
Daytona Beach
9.0 Excellent (1085 reviews)

Check in for a contemporary oceanfront stay

High-design isn’t what Daytona Beach is known for. But if you prefer a contemporary aesthetic, you’ll be pleased with the modern feel of the Hyatt Place Daytona Beach Oceanfront. The true show-stealer, however, is the Atlantic Ocean, which is visible from most of the guest rooms and the hotel’s public spaces, too. For the best views, request a room higher up in the hotel’s 10-story tower and you might even spot a passing school of dolphins—a common sight here.

The joggers and walkers in your group will love the hotel’s location not only for being on the oceanfront but also for its proximity to neighborhoods along the Halifax River, just a few blocks away. There’s no shortage of pretty spots to get out for a stroll when you’re ready for a break from the beach.

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Hyatt Place Daytona Beach - Oceanfront

Top rated
Daytona Beach, 5 miles to Daytona Beach
9.0 Excellent (3606 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Hyatt Place Daytona Beach - Oceanfront

Top rated
Daytona Beach
9.0 Excellent (3606 reviews)

Live your best family beach life

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With a free hot breakfast and a pet-friendly policy, few budget-minded hotel chains make it as easy and comfortable for families to settle in as the Hampton Inn. And if you’re looking to stay with your entourage right on the oceanfront in Daytona Beach, set your sights on the Hampton Inn Daytona Shores-Oceanfront.

Kick it on the sand or soak and splash in the hotel’s heated pool and hot tub on the oceanfront deck. Not all rooms have oceanfront balconies, so if that’s important to you, then be sure to specify. Come sunset, gather around the hotel’s oceanfront fire pit and bask in the mellow ambiance.

When it’s time for a fun family outing offsite, drive a few miles south to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, positioned right where the river flows into the ocean. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even climb the 203 steps to the top.

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Hampton Inn Daytona Shores-Oceanfront

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (987 reviews)
Excellent Service 9 / 10
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Hampton Inn Daytona Shores-Oceanfront

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (987 reviews)

Kids stay and eat free at this favorite oceanfront address

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Three words: kids eat free. When you stay at this oceanfront Holiday Inn, kids 11 and under enjoy three free meals at day at the onsite Seaside Cafe.

A stay at the Holiday Inn Daytona Beach on the Ocean is all about enjoying the sun, surf, and sand on the wide stretch of beach just in front of the hotel. If hanging out sand-free by the water is more your style, you’ll appreciate that the hotel’s oceanfront swimming pool stays open until 10 pm.

For something truly special and a very Florida experience, plan your visit here from May to October. That’s when nesting sea turtles lumber ashore to lay their eggs on the beach right in front of the hotel. Step onto the sand after dark for a look around at this time of year, and you just might get lucky and catch the spectacle.

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Holiday Inn Daytona Beach on the Ocean

Daytona Beach, 1.1 miles to Daytona Beach
8.3 Very good (1155 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.8 / 10
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Holiday Inn Daytona Beach on the Ocean

Daytona Beach
8.3 Very good (1155 reviews)

The simple Florida good life, distilled

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Can’t you just feel the sea breeze in your hair and softly sinking sand between your toes?

The Tropical Winds Resort Hotel is simple in its approach, enticing guests back year after year. The property provides a comfortable stay where the focus is squarely on the beach and ocean just out the door and all the simple fun that awaits.

Spend your day boogie boarding and walking the shoreline in search of shells, or simply kick back on a beach towel under an umbrella take a siesta. After a day playing in the surf, rinse off at the beachfront showers before relaxing back in your hotel room or suite.

As delightful as beach time is in Daytona, having somewhere to return to at the end of the day is an important part of a relaxing beach vacation. Some of the hotel’s accommodations feel like apartments, with full kitchens and direct oceanfront balconies that give you one of the best views in town. It makes it awfully easy to settle in and stay awhile.

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Tropical Winds Resort Hotel

Top rated
Daytona Beach, 1.6 miles to Daytona Beach
8.6 Excellent (4795 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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Tropical Winds Resort Hotel

Top rated
Daytona Beach
8.6 Excellent (4795 reviews)

Featured image courtesy of Michelle Bowers, Eyeem