The Best Beach Hotels to Book in Daytona Beach, Florida

With a Ferris wheel and roller coaster, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk is a great destination for everyone
With a Ferris wheel and roller coaster, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk is a great destination for everyone | © Lynn Palmer / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Slip into cruise control, and make a pit stop at these beachside places to stay in the birthplace of Nascar racing. Read on to discover the best beach hotels in Daytona Beach, and book your stay on Culture Trip.

Wedged between First Coast and Space Coast in Florida is Daytona Beach – a sun-drenched spot where the shore meets the speedway. The beach and the boardwalk combine to deliver hours of entertainment, while popular attractions such as the Ron Jon Surf Shop and the Daytona Beach Bandshell, with its free summer concerts, set the stage for easy beach vacations. Duly relaxed? Check out these Daytona Beach hotels.

1. Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront

Resort, Hotel

Two beds in a hotel room with a balcony looking out to the ocean at Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront
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Convenience and comfort won’t cost you a cent extra at the Holiday Inn in Daytona. Just 1mi (1.6km) away from the Boardwalk and Main Street Pier, you’re never far from fun. The hotel’s onsite H2O Daytona Bar & Grill is an excellent spot to laze over breakfast burritos. Afterwards, right outside your suite, visit the large swimming pool on the beach, complete with a splash pad for kids, a cozy hot tub and a fire pit.

2. Daytona Beach Regency

Spa Hotel, Hotel

An aerial view of the outdoor pool, with blue sunbeds, at Daytona Beach Regency next to the sandy beach and ocean
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Daytona Beach Regency is the perfect seaside escape, but there’s more to its prime location than aquatic pursuits. After you’ve snorkeled, fished and ridden the waves on a jet ski, you can dry off for a few hours of leisurely pleasure on the nearby golf course. Other activities within proximity of the hotel include a theater and plenty of shops. If a summer storm looks set to stop play for the afternoon, you can always kill time in the hotel’s game room.

3. Fountain Beach Resort

Resort, Hotel

The exterior of Fountain Beach Resort with palm trees and a hotel sign
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You only need to pack light for a stay at Fountain Beach Resort, as there’s no call for much more than flip-flops and sunscreen. Smart dressing, you’ll realize, is certainly not required in the sauna while you idle among serene steam clouds. The ocean views make for relaxed viewing from your balcony. And it’s strictly casual at the beachfront Oasis Tiki Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy a big fruity cocktail and a bite to eat. If you find yourself getting a bit hot outside, the pool is just two steps from the bar, while the ocean is only a few steps further.

4. Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Chain Hotel

A bed in a hotel room with a balcony overlooking the ocean at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
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You can live the rock-star life at this Hard Rock Hotel. Disrupt the sound of silence as you wail on a Fender sent up from the lobby, or make everything Zen with a little Rock Om yoga in your suite. Even young ones will be in their element: they can take center stage at the Roxity Youth Club while you and your partner relax in the Rock Spa & Salon with the Wrapture Body Treatment, featuring seaweed.

5. The Shores Resort and Spa


Sunbeds, a couch and an umbrella on a large balcony overlooking the ocean at Shores Resort & Spa
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Upscale doesn’t mean uptight at the Shores Resort and Spa, where chic luxe meets cool and casual. De-stress completely in a private oceanfront cabana, where you can idle the day away, occasionally ordering snacks and refreshing drinks from the waiter. Alternatively, enjoy a signature ritual bath at the divine spa. Afterwards, work your way through crispy calamari and Caribbean chicken wings at the oceanfront Azure.

6. The Maverick Resort

Resort, Hotel

An aerial view of the outdoor pool, with blue sunbeds, at the Maverick Resort looking out to the sandy beach and ocean
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The Maverick Resort delivers an old-school Florida vacation that doesn’t stint on modern amenities. Technically, it’s in Ormond Beach, but you’re still just a quick drive from the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Main Street Pier. When you’re not exploring the surrounding area, you can float about in the resort pool, play games of shuffleboard while grilling outdoors, then chill in your room, complete with selected board games and a DVD player.

7. The Plaza Resort and Spa

Resort, Hotel

Two beds and a TV on a chest of drawers in a hotel room at Plaza Resort & Spa
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Just because you’re off on a beach vacation doesn’t mean you can’t spend most of your time at the spa. And that’s the order of the day at the Ocean Waters Spa at the Plaza Resort – pure indulgence from sunup to sundown. Among the 30-plus body treatments, you can choose mani-pedis, massages and facials – the perfect precursors to a relaxing soak in the Utopia Room’s Jacuzzi, sipping your way through a bottle of wine. Whenever you decide to leave tranquility behind, the pool and fire pit are ready and waiting to dispense further bliss.

8. El Caribe Resort

Resort, Hotel

Two beds and a view of the ocean in a hotel room at El Caribe Resort & Conference Center
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Season your trip with a dash of Caribbean flavor at El Caribe Resort. Spreading island vibes on the Atlantic Coast, this property is a little off the main strip of sand, making it a quiet place to kick back, still with Daytona’s hotspots in proximity. As the afternoon subsides, join the game of beach volleyball that will undoubtedly be underway, just a few steps from your suite.

9. Grand Seas by Exploria Resorts

Resort, Hotel

A bed with blue accents in a hotel room at Grand Seas Resort
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For many Daytona devotees, it would be inconceivable to visit the World’s Most Famous Beach and not stay right on the sand. Enter the Grand Seas, where the constant salty sea breeze on your skin is a reminder of the ocean’s proximity. Here, it’s easy to get up and spend your entire day on the beach. However, the resort also has three pools and a minigolf course. After dark, retreat to your oceanfront suite, and whip up something for dinner in your full kitchen, then soak in the jetted tub.

10. Delta Hotels by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront

Hotel, Resort

The outdoor pool, with palm trees and multi-story buildings in the background, at Delta Hotels by Marriott Daytona Beach
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This Delta Hotels’ spot has the vitamin sea your body so needs for a relaxing, recharging getaway. Start the morning with fresh coffee in the lobby to energize your workout in the fitness center, or go for a run on the beach before cooling off in the waves. Dive into a good book by the oceanfront pool, breaking to eat fresh fish or healthy alternatives at OceanView Terrace Bar & Grill. Afterwards, relax in the hot tub, and take in the views from your private balcony before snuggling into bed and doing it all over again when the sun rises.

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