Soak Up The Sun On Daytona’s Space Coast

From golf and shopping to fascinating snapshots of the USA’s diverse history, race cars, space shuttles and beautiful beaches, there’s something for every visitor to Cocoa Beach on Daytona’s Space Coast. Located a stone’s throw from the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral, this aeronautical area is set right on the glittering Atlantic Ocean, offering visitors a little bit of everything…

Highlights of Daytona FL

  • Great for: An iconic stretch of wonderful beaches, where you can still drive on them
  • Famous for: Where Malcolm Campbell set land-speed records, and the home of American motor-racing
  • Closest airport with direct flights: Orlando International Airport is 73 miles to the south-west
  • Itineraries featuring Daytona FL:

Daytona FL Location

Weather in Daytona FL

Average temperature (°C) and average rainfall (days).

Jan
14.4°C 7
Feb
15.8°C 8
Mar
17.9°C 8
Apr
20.5°C 6
May
23.9°C 8
Jun
26.6°C 12
Jul
27.6°C 13
Aug
27.5°C 14
Sep
26.4°C 13
Oct
23.3°C 11
Nov
19.2°C 7
Dec
15.8°C 7

Hotels in Daytona FL

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

  • Hotel Rating: 4
  • Hotel Value: 4

The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort offers a perfect get away for families or couples seeking a relaxing hotel in a great location.

The Shores Resort and Spa

  • Hotel Rating: 4
  • Hotel Value: 4

The Shore Resort and Spa provides the perfect idyllic setting for someone to rest and relax. The activities on the beach will provide the family with nonstop entertainment while the spa gives you the indulgent peace for you to unwind.

Things to do in Daytona FL

  • Daytona's History & Culture

    This corner of the Space Coast boasts a remarkably diverse heritage and a huge variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. There’s everything from Timucuan sites and historic plantations which tell the story of America’s past, to science-focussed attractions introducing you to space travel and marine biology.

    Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

    Visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse. This 203 step, 175 ft beauty was completed in 1887 and offers stunning views over the surrounding coastline. Climb to the top for an amazing photo opportunity or explore the grounds and town of Ponce Inlet to drink in the atmosphere. The on-site museum will tell you all about this towering structure. Pop in daily between 10am-5pm.

    Anderson-Price Memorial Building

    Very little untouched early 20th Century architecture survives in the US, but this 1916 beauty is a rate example. Still used by the community, there’s plenty of history to glean from the building itself and exhibits inside. Don’t miss the grand ballroom!

    Athens Theatre

    One of only a handful of classic American theatres still functioning in Central Florida today, the Athens Theatre was built in 1921, inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture. Settle down and enjoy films, performances and concerts in this beautiful building.

    “Bulow Ville” plantation

    A troubling but essential part of American history, the ‘Burlow Ville’ plantation dates from 1821 and was destroyed in the Seminole Indian War. The ruins and open-air museum tell an important story.

    The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art

    Explore Florida through watercolour and oil paintings at this gallery, which explores the region’s history using artworks dating back in 1839.

    DeBary Hall Historic Site

    Originally the hunting retreat of affluent steamboat line owner Frederick DeBary, this 1871 mansion has been restored to give visitors a unique glimpse into the world of wealthy 19th Century Florida.

    DeLand Naval Air Station Museum

    Chocks away! Discover the world of WWII pilots at this informative museum, full of artefacts, art and relics from those high-flying days.

    Mary McLeod Bethune Home & Gravesite

    Visit the home and grave of civil rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. In the scenic grounds of Bethune-Cookman University, there is plenty of history to explore here.

    Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum

    Explore African-American history through exhibits dating back to the 1920s at this informative museum.

    Halifax Historical Museum

    This large museum tells the story of this region and all of its inhabitants throughout the centuries; from the indigenous Timucuan to the regions racing history – and much more besides.

    Hanksters Hot Rods & Museum

    A former skating rink-turned car museum, featuring restored muscle cars and classic cars, as well as vintage racers, hot rods and motorcycles.

    Birthplace of Speed Park

    The first automobile race (held on the neighbouring back in 1903) is commemorated at this oceanfront park.

    Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science

    This Cocoa Beach museum is set in 22 acres which include a natural preserve, showing off some of the best of Florida’s natural ecosystem.

    Air Force Space and Missile Museum

    Ready for takeoff? Blast off into a day of learning all about rocketry and spaceflight, right next door to Launch Complex 26 (where the first successful American satellite launch took place).

  • Galleries & Gardens In Daytona

    From African art to local work and historical pieces, there’s plenty of beauty and creativity to discover on the Space Coast.

    The ECHO Gallery

    A diverse gallery displaying everything from Zimbabwean art, to local creations, often celebrating the area’s African-American heritage. Both established and emerging artists exhibit here.

    Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

    A vibrant, ever-changing collection of historic and contemporary art from both local and international artists, complete with charming gardens.

    The Natural World

    Learn all about the ecosystems and science at work in this region, then head out and explore its natural wonders for yourself!

    Marine Science Centre

    Dive into Florida’s underwater worlds at the Marine Science Centre. From sea turtles and whales to mangroves and sea birds, there are creatures and conservation efforts a-plenty to uncover here.

  • Detoxing In Daytona

    Want to really get away from it all? Lie back and relax in some of Daytona Beach’s best spots for some quality ‘me time’.

    Remedy Spa

    Give your body and soul a boost at this Pelican Bay spa. Tranquil and home to expert treatments, you’ll leave Remedy Spa feeling utterly serene.

    Kula Yoga

    Relax, stretch your body and feel more centred at this community focussed yoga centre.

    The Spa at Riverview

    New Smyrna’s only world-class spa, this indulgent spot offers massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, microdermabrasion and more.

  • Holes In One! Daytona Golf Courses

    If you love a spot of golf, the Space Coast is one of the finest destinations for you to indulge your passion.

    Cypress Head Golf Club

    Championship course designed by Arthur Hill and Mike Dasher. Affordable and friendly, this course has been ranked as the best in Volusia and Flagler County and nominated as one of the US’s top 100 municipal golf courses by Golf Digest.

    Daytona Beach Golf Club

    Historic club dating back to 1921 featuring 18 holes, forgiving tee shots and demanding approaches – all designed by Donald Ross and set amidst recently rejuvenated facilities.

    DeBary Golf & Country Club

    Scenic, wood-lined course used during the 2001 US Open qualifier, designed by Lloyd Clifton.

    Halifax Plantation Golf Course

    Set between Bulow and Tomoka State Parks, this is a naturally beautiful and challenging course golfers of all levels will enjoy.

    Hidden Lakes Golf Course

    Often described as Florida’s “Best Kept Secret” this 18-hole golf course is well-designed (created by Bill Amick, then remodelled by Lloyd Clifton) and boasts all the natural beauty and modern facilities you could ask for.

    Indigo Lakes Golf Club

    One of Florida’s top 10 courses, the championship layout of this course is a win with many visitors.

    The Grand Club

    Boasting three impressive courses, this Arnold Palmer designed course is a favourite of many – including tournament players.

    Victoria Hills Golf Club

    Regularly very highly rated, Victoria Hills delivers a Carolina golf experience in a Florida setting.

    Viera East Golf Club

    Golf Digest’s ‘Best Places to Play’ gave this local course an impressive four stars.

  • Eating In Daytona

    Sample some of the finest cuisine and beverages this corner of Florida has to offer by making a beeline for these tasty treats…

    Ale Trail

    Fancy a pint? Or four? Join the Daytona Beach Ale Trail and soak up the atmosphere of each unique craft beer outlet. You’ll find tasty tapas, unmissable food trucks and other yummy cuisine en route too.

    Beachside Brew Pub

    Prefer to enjoy your beer without running all over the area? Settle down at the Beachside Brew Pub to sample the 11 unique beers on tap. Or some of them, at least.

    Daytona Beach Brewing Company

    Sample beer straight from the source at this brewery’s tasting room.

    Mr Dunderbak’s

    Sample Bavarian fare and beer at this German institution – a favourite in the area since 1992.

  • Shop Until You Drop Daytona

    Daytona Beach boasts some fantastic retail therapy for shoppers of all stripes, from antique magpies to fashionistas.

    The Sweetheart Trail

    Shop without worrying about traffic as you explore the boutiques and branded stores under the shady awnings of the Sweetheart Trail.

    Riverfront Shops

    Over 60 shops in downtown Daytona Beach, located adjacent to the area’s excellent Farmers’ Market, right next to the water.

    Volusia Mall

    All the outlets you could want in one handy location. There are over 100 stores and restaurants waiting to be explored at this popular local shopping spot.

    Riverfront Shops, Daytona Beach

    Hit this area to discover a more authentic shopping experience. ‘Shop small’ at local stores and eateries; Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory is a favourite in the area!

    The Pavilion at Port Orange

    Open-air shopping center in Port Orange with dozens of popular outlets.

    Daytona Flea & Farmers Market

    Situated on Bellevue Avenue, this must-visit market features over a thousand booths and has been voted one of the ‘Top 5 Markets in the Country’. Shop for antiques, crafts, local produce, handmade jewellery, local art and so much more on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

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