Ormond Beach, Florida

ORMOND BEACH is as much a city in Florida as it is its own seaside hotspot with millions flocking to the coast every year to soak up the sun.

The coastal hub is located just six miles from its more famous neighbour – Daytona Beach – but what makes USA’s Ormond Beach so special?

What is Ormond Beach known for?

Ormond Beach is known for its beach that runs for over three-and-a-half miles along with being the Birthplace of Speed.

The seaside city’s motor history dates back to 1903 when it held the first ever motor racing tournament.

In March of that year, the hard-packed sands of Ormond’s beach saw cars race in trials before competing for the Ormond Challenge Cup.

Now, the Birthplace of Speed Park – located on Ocean Shore Boulevard – is dedicated to the early races and features a replica garage of the first one used to house race cars and the team mechanics.

Ormond Beach has a wonderful, sandy beach that is perfect to spend time with the family and relax by the sea (Jason and Kris Carter/Flickr)
Ormond Beach has a wonderful, sandy beach that is perfect to spend time with the family and relax by the sea (Jason and Kris Carter/Flickr)

Does Ormond Beach have a nice beach?

Ormond Beach’s coast is a dream location for many, with the Florida beach an idyllic, golden sandy spot to relax under the sun.

Perfect for catching some rays and for children to play, it is no surprise that millions flock to Volusia County seaside every year.

With countless restaurants, bars and bistros lining the shoreline, you can easily spend an entire day – if not more – by Ormond Beach.

And there is a little something for everyone with all kinds of water activities available to try, from surfing and scuba diving to boat trips along the coast.

Can you swim at Ormond Beach?

Yes, you can swim at Ormond Beach with the waters calm enough for all to enjoy, especially your children.

However, one member of the family that may be left disappointed is a dog, with many parts of Ormond Beach off limits to canines.

Flagler Beach further north or Lighthouse Point Park and Smyrna Dunes Park in the south are all open for four-legged pooches to run around and splash in the sea – but always check signs and local advice beforehand.

What is near to Ormond Beach?

There are plenty of things to do in the city of Ormond Beach, whether you are in the mood for food, a round of golf or enjoy nature with numerous parks and hiking trails in the area.

If you are able to explore further outside of Ormond Beach, why not head down to Daytona Beach, famous for its coast and for the Daytona International Speedway circuit that hosts the famous Daytona 500 NASCAR race every year.

Or you can head to two of Florida’s major cities, with Jacksonville in the north and Orlando – with its world-famous Disney World resort and theme park – just an hour away by car to the west.

Where to stay near Ormond Beach

The beach is lined with places to stay allowing you the comfort, views and ease of access to make sure you enjoy your holiday to its fullest.

Among them is the Best Western Castillo Del Sol hotel that features plenty of sun loungers for guests only right by the beachside and prices start from just £67 a night with breakfast included.

Another hotel situated by the sea is Home2 Suites Ormond Beach Oceanfront hotel with the Hilton rooms coming with incredible views of the North Atlantic Ocean and perfect for watching the sun set – with nightly prices starting from £98 with an American breakfast included.

And lastly, The Cove on Ormond Beach hotel has an incredible lazy river and another private pool while also overlooking the beach – and prices begin at £112 a night.

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