When planning your next trip to Florida, consider the quaint Ormond Beach area. This peaceful, protected city is nestled between two great day trips: St. Augustine a little over an hour north, and Orlando which is about the same distance south. From the A1A highway, Ormond appears to be just a few restaurants, stores, and small cottage-style block homes. However, going inland a few miles over one of the beautifully large bridges that rise above the Intracoastal Waterway leads to many more locally-owned gems including a great wine-tasting store and restaurant, tucked away bistros, and plenty of shopping.
Ormond has a temperate coastal climate thanks to being flanked by water on both sides. A soft breeze often blows between these two bodies of water, keeping the humidity and extreme heat out of the air. Ormond is also flanked directly by two fun-loving areas as well-Flagler Beach to the North with its rustic ocean side restaurants and low-key nightlife, and famous Daytona Beach to the South, with an old-fashioned boardwalk and of course the Daytona 500 track. Both of these beaches are only ten minutes in either direction, giving Ormond homeowners more dining, nightlife, and shopping options, with livelier beach scenes than the quiet, smaller number of beach goers typically found on Ormond Beach.
Active visitors can find several affordable jet ski, boat, and kayak rental locations, and many people enjoy the surfing, kiteboarding, and surf kayaking that the nice size waves that crash onto Ormond make possible. You can opt to bike and walk almost everywhere, with grocery, home necessity, and convenience stores available practically out the back door. Free activities include frequent firework displays and other events at nearby parks like Fortunato Park , live music near the boardwalk area or Daytona Beach Bandshell, plenty of fair-like celebrations, and a doggie friendly beach. Added perks of Ormond include plenty of free beach access parking and Daytona International Airport is only about fifteen minutes away. Orlando and Jacksonville airports offer additional airport options as well.
Ormond Beach is ideal for the budget-conscious, a great family destination, and a fun nightlife in the surrounding areas. It is a throwback to Coney Island, Myrtle Beach, and other nostalgia-inducing destinations, yet is close enough to enjoy Orlando’s Disney and modern attractions. Enjoy a romantic picnic on the quiet beach or drive onto Daytona Beach for a little more excitement and people-watching. Ormond Beach is truly a small gem for all nestled along the Eastern coast of Florida and surrounded by larger treasure-filled spots perfect for day or weekend excursions.