With a year-round resident population of about 9,000, Ormond-by-the-Sea is a quiet and friendly community in Volusia County that is ideal for snowbirds or families looking to spend some time in the Florida sun away from the hustle and bustle of the big beachside cities.
Boasting residential neighborhoods, pristine beaches, river access, and adjacency to state parks and preserves, one of our Ormond-by-the-Sea vacation rentals will have you conveniently close to a number of popular tourist attractions and other points of interest.
Bordered by the Halifax River to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Daytona Beach to the south, and lush parklands to the north, Ormond-by-the-Sea looks and feels secluded, but it is still easily reached via the scenic A1A or by simply crossing over from the mainland on West Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach.
Additionally, a flight into the Daytona Beach International Airport puts you just 17 miles south of the heart of Ormond-by-the-Sea.
Head out onto the sand at Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park between Roberta Road and Laurie Drive. Opened in 2010, this free beach features a parking lot with 100 paved spaces, dune walkovers (including a ramp for visitors with limited mobility), bike racks, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and charcoal grills.
Sample some of the local restaurants and popular watering holes including Lagerheads Bar & Grill offering pub grub, live music, and a dog-friendly deck, Betty's A1A Cafe for New England-style seafood and mouthwatering desserts, and Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ.
Head out on the water (either the river or the ocean) in an offshore or deep sea fishing excursion arranged through one of the local marinas, or just rent a single or double kayak from the Ormond Beach Kayak Center and paddle out on the river at your own pace.
Being just a few miles from Daytona Beach, visitors in Ormond-by-the-Sea have quick access to the Daytona International Speedway (15 miles away), the family-friendly Daytona Beach Boardwalk (9 miles south), and of course all that downtown Daytona Beach has to offer for those looking to sample some of the hottest dance clubs in the area.
Take the whole family down the coast to the Kennedy Space Center, 74 miles south, where you can learn all about the space program and maybe even catch a rocket launch while you're there!
Drive just 45 miles north to St. Augustine where you can visit the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S., and then shop and dine along historic St. George Street.
And for the ultimate day trips, head over to Orlando, home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and many other world-famous attractions, all just 70 miles away.
Plan on staying in one of our Ormond-by-the-Sea vacation rentals for your next Daytona Beach area getaway.
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