Drive North from Daytona Beach on the A1A and you will hardly notice where you change from Daytona Beach into Ormond Beach, as they have now largely merged into one. Ormond Beach has been around for quite a while though, originally the home of the Timucuan Indians who, it is believed, had their village fort on the Tamoka State Park.
Ormond Beach – beachside and down by the A1A – is nowadays a mixture of retail shops and tourist shops with a wide range of restaurants mixed in to cater for many tastes. Accommodation ranging from private rentals through hotels and motels to sea front apartment complexes are all available.
Beaches tend to be quieter in Ormond but some consider them to be all the more beautiful for it. Sea turtles will often choose Ormond and Ormond by the sea beaches to lay their eggs and therefore much of the beach is protected, maintaining its natural feel. Beach driving is something which is almost unique to the Daytona Beach area and is allowed to the south of Granada Boulevard, Ormond beach and is blocked to the north up through Ormond By The Sea. Seabreeze Boulevard and Granada Boulevard define the limits of Beach driving in the northern are of Daytona Beach and up through Ormond Beach. Beach Driving is limited to 10mph so the days of beach racing are all gone, you’ll need to go the Raceway for your racing fix.
South of Harvard Drive is classified as Daytona Beach and north of Granada boulevard essentially starts Ormond by the Sea. and Ormond Beach also stretches inland to include the beachside area and all the way back to and in paces past the I95 and includes Ormond Municipal Airport
There is a range of shopping plazas, large stores and restaurants throughout the Ormond Beach Area with restaurants ranging from TGI Fridays, Stonewood Grill and Tavern, Genovese’s Italian Cafe to Hull’s Seafood Kitchen Restaurant. To the north, Ormond by the Sea is much more residential with smaller retail outlets along the A1A.
Ormond Beach nowadays caps the top end of Daytona Beach and has, as the name suggests is edged to the east by the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodation in Ormond tends to be large apartment units, motels, and private homes rented out. Due to their distance from the center of Daytona beach Motels in Ormond Beach can be great value and a superb choice for those not into the buzz and bright lights of Daytona Beach Central.
There are a lot of apartment blocks which tend to be less commercialized and very often privately owned with professional management managing the rentals in the owners absence. this can add a great personal feel to the accommodation but with the absence of included bars, pools and some of the features you may not have at a large complex such as the Ocean Walk for instance. There are homes and holiday homes rented out without the full commercial experience.
Choosing a private rental is often a great choice for the family unit. home away from home at a price that is really quite good. You will often have a full home from home experience with a garden, driveway individual rooms and a lot less holiday feel to your accommodations some will even provide a full range of sports equipment for use during your rental. Pets are sometimes accommodated for in private rentals and also in commercial properties. its just a matter of hunting for the right property.
As Mentioned Above, North of Ormond Beach you will find Ormond By the Sea and beyond that you will find Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, Palm Coast, Marine Land, Crescent Beach and Butler Beach (see a theme here?) which finally leads you to the stunningly attractive and very historic St Augustine which is our next destination.
Ormond Beach Stats
|• Total||39.0 sq mi (101.0 km2)|
|• Land||31.9 sq mi (82.7 km2)|
|• Water||7.1 sq mi (18.3 km2)|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|• Density||980/sq mi (380/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|