Daytona is For Everyone: Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn


We drove south along Atlantic Avenue in Daytona looking at all the hotels. Some are brand new and seem to stretch to the sky and others have that “I Love Lucy” charm. Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn has that old southern charm and is located right on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores.

Our Family Suite was spotlessly clean and huge. It consisted of a king size bedroom, a full kitchen, bathroom with hair dryer and another bedroom with two queen beds and flat screen TV’s. It was just like home…but on the beach. I love it when hotels have rooms with kitchens or even a microwave and fridge. It really helps families budget their vacations. Supermarkets and restaurants are right across the street.

We had plenty of sand filled clothes to wash and made use of the hotel’s laundry facilities. Expedia rates this hotel high in cleanliness and friendliness of staff . Children 12 and under stay free and most of the rooms are oversized. They also have rooms with Jacuzzi’s.

Atlantic Palm Inn pool

The pool overlooks the ocean and there is shuffleboard on the sun deck.Steps lead down to the wide and almost endless beach. You are able to drive on this beach as well.

On this stretch of beach there are ice cream trucks and about every mile there are trucks that serve hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks and the prices were not to bad but make sure you take cash. You can also rent chairs and umbrellas right on the beach.

Colt on Jet skiMy son was dying to go Jet Skiing, so we headed further south to Ponce Inlet where we rented Jet Skis from Short Money Jet Ski Rentals, Inc. The Jet Skis were new four-stoke Yamaha VX110 three seaters that can reach speeds of 65 mph! This company prides its self on having the lowest cost rentals. We skied past the light house and saw beautiful beaches, yachts and homes.

Another way to get out on the water is with The Manatee Boat Tours, also located at Ponce Inlet. The colorful boat takes you out for a two hour scenic tour. We saw many dolphins and native birds. There are also Manatees but they hid from us on our trip. We sailed past spectacular homes, many owned by very famous people.

Heading north from our hotel we stopped in the middle of Daytona and hopped on Segway’s at Daytona Segs on the Beach. We were given an in-depth lesson and then headed off past the Ferris wheel and down the beach. Tours go through the boardwalk, on the beach and there are sunset tours available.

I love a bargain and headed over to the Flea & Farmers Market. I have never seen such a huge flea market, there are over 1,000 booths. It is so big I forgot where I parked and lost the car! This flea market is very clean and all under cover from the sun. There are over 40 acres of stuff and the market is ranked 6th best in the world!

Daytona Beach has something for everyone and so much to do that we will be bringing you more stories from here in the future. Put the kids in the car and hop on over there. From Gainesville it took us about 2 hours so you can go for the day or go for a week and I know your whole family will find something they love about Daytona.