Every year, thousands of college students flock to Daytona Beach for spring break, while thousands more bikers come for the city”s ever-popular bike weeks. But this oceanfront locale also rolls out the red carpet for families, with more than 200 hotels and resorts to choose from throughout the area. And many of those reside along the 23 miles of beachfront property in Daytona Beach. To help you narrow down your vacation search, we”ve compiled a list of what we consider the top 10 family-friendly hotels in Daytona Beach.
Written by Karon Warren
BEST WESTERN Aku Tiki Inn
When visiting the BEST WESTERN Aku Tiki, families can choose one of the 132 guestrooms complete with a microwave and refrigerator. After enjoying the complimentary full breakfast, guests can head outside to the Olympic-sized, heated swimming pool, the kids" pool or the volleyball and basketball courts. They can also play some table tennis, or get a workout in at the fitness center. Kids especially will love looking for fish and turtles in the onsite pond. For lunch or dinner, guests can visit the onsite restaurant.
For families seeking a quieter, low-key beach getaway, the Bahama House offers the ideal respite. This 10-story, high-rise contains 95 spacious rooms, each with a private balcony where you can enjoy a partial or full view of the ocean. Standard rooms come with microwaves and mini-refrigerators while efficiency guestrooms include full kitchens. For something to eat outside your room, head downstairs for the deluxe continental breakfast, grab some freshly baked cookies or relax during the daily cocktail reception. Outside, take a dip in the swimming pool, kick back in the hot tub or build a sandcastle on the beach.
Sun Viking Lodge
At the Sun Viking Lodge, there"s not too much that families can"t do on their beach vacation. From the outdoor heated swimming pool, heated kids" pool and 60-foot waterslide to the inside heated swimming pool and, of course, the beach, the water fun never ends. Daily entertainment goes beyond the water, though, with two arcades, bingo for all ages, trivia, an onsite playground, basketball, beach touch football, and beach soccer. Then there are the kids" activities, such as scavenger hunts, Marco Polo, musical chairs and breezeway bowling. When it"s time to refuel, guests can cook something up in their guestroom (many of which are efficiencies or come with full kitchens), grill out at the onsite barbecue grills in the picnic area, or grab breakfast or lunch at the onsite restaurant. And you definitely don"t want to miss the complimentary ice cream socials!
The Plaza Resort & Spa
Built in 1888 as a beach cottage for Charles Ballough and his family, The Plaza Resort & Spa has evolved into a beloved family destination for hundreds of families who return year after year. And why not, with fun activities like a heated swimming pool, complimentary paddleboards, surfboards, body boards, beach cruisers and kayaks, life-size chess, Ping-Pong, and basketball? Then there"s the Plaza Kids" Club, which is open throughout the summer, where kids enjoy water sports, poolside movies, scavenger hunts, face painting and pool games. But perhaps the best feature is the hotel"s car-free beach. In Daytona, beachgoers are permitted to drive their vehicles on the beach; however, at The Plaza Resort & Spa, the property"s non-driving beach means parents don"t have to worry every time their children run between the pool and the ocean.
El Caribe Resort & Conference Center
Families staying at the El Caribe Resort & Conference Center will love the many Ã¢â‚¬Å“freeÃ¢â‚¬Â amenities available at the property. These include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking and no resort fees. When it comes to water fun, head to the beach to play in the sun and surf or relax at one of the two onsite swimming pools. There"s even a separate children"s pool for younger guests. For families who like to stay close to the hotel for meals, you"ll find microwaves and mini refrigerators in the 110 guestrooms and suites. In addition, the hotel offers barbecue grills for guest use.
Wyndham Ocean Walk
Offering a selection of studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom guestrooms, the Wyndham Ocean Walk welcomes families of all sizes to spend their vacation enjoying fun in the sun. From the main swimming pool with a waterslide and splash area to the lazy river, baby swimming pool, indoor swimming pool and, of course, the beach, there"s no shortage of opportunities to cool off. For more family fun, gather everyone for a round of mini-golf, a game of pool or volleyball, or some hearty competition in the game room. With a large selection of guestrooms outfitted with kitchenettes or full kitchens, guests have the option of preparing meals in their rooms or choosing to dine in the onsite restaurant. There"s even an onsite spa where mom and dad can get pampered during their stay.
Hyatt Place Daytona Beach - Oceanfront
At the Hyatt Place Daytona Beach - Oceanfront, families will enjoy staying in one of the 143 guestrooms complete with a mini-refrigerator, free Wi-Fi and a private balcony. This nonsmoking hotel also includes a heated swimming pool, a hot tub and an outdoor pool bar. In addition, the hotel provides free breakfast each morning, and offers a menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and pizzas via its 24/7 Gallery Menu. For those who want to grab something on the go, there"s the 24/7 Gallery Market. All guests receive free parking, as well.
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Families will stay as active or as relaxed as they choose at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. Complete with 744 guestrooms, suites and beachfront cabanas, the nonsmoking property also includes seven restaurants and lounges, room service, a sports bar and a pool bar. Family entertainment can be found at two heated pools, a children"s pool and in the D-Dawg"s Kidszone. In D-Dawg"s Kidszone, young guests can take part in arts and crafts, Ping-Pong, Wii games, board games, storytelling, hula-hoop contests, relay and alligator races, sand art, face painting, and more. There"s even a Ã¢â‚¬Å“parents night outÃ¢â‚¬Â event each Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. for children ages 5 through 12 that includes play time, arts and crafts, and dinner, all for one fee.
The Shores Resort & Spa
At the AAA Four Diamond-rated The Shores Resort & Spa, families will find no shortage of activities to fill their days vacationing alongside the Atlantic Ocean. For instance, you can rent a cabana and relax by the saltwater pool, or head to the beach to rent a paddleboard or surfboard. During the summer, the kids will love taking part in The Shore"s Kids Program every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Every Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m., kids also can participate in the Shore"s Kids Night Out, a themed evening for the kids with arts and crafts, games, dinner, and a movie. Kids can even make their own souvenir with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Magic Milk Sand ArtÃ¢â‚¬Â every Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a low-key evening, guests can enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant or order room service before watching a DVD from the hotel"s complimentary library on their in-room DVD/CD player.
PerryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ocean Edge Resort
Guests of Perry"s Ocean Edge Resort will benefit from the property"s recent upgrades that include new bedding, new carpeting, upgrades to the pools and a new fitness center. This is just the start of what families will find at this resort. Families of all sizes will find the perfect accommodations, ranging from efficiency rooms with kitchenettes to large, two-bedroom cottages with full kitchens and separate living rooms. Guests can start their days with complimentary homemade doughnuts, along with coffee and juice, or enjoy breakfast or lunch at the onsite restaurant. Staying active onsite also comes easy, with two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, plus mini-golf, shuffleboard and an activities program.
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