Daytona Beach, Florida
Relax under the rays on the world’s most famous beach. “The World’s Most Famous Beach” draws sun-seekers from around the globe. The birthplace of NASCAR motorsport racing and home of the famous Daytona 500, Daytona is anything but a wallflower. This iconic American oceanside destination…
Relax under the rays on the world’s most famous beach.
“The World’s Most Famous Beach” draws sun-seekers from around the globe. The birthplace of NASCAR motorsport racing and home of the famous Daytona 500, Daytona is anything but a wallflower.
This iconic American oceanside destination beckons beach lovers of all stripes to its wide, hard-packed sand strip. Much of the 37 kilometres of beaches are accessible, with ramps and surf chairs available to visitors. Visit the Daytona Beach Pier, an historic attraction that has undergone a $5 million restoration. Beyond the pier you’ll find shops, bars and restaurants. Fish, hike, or picnic in one of the 10 beachfront parks.
Away from the beach, Daytona provides a rich range of cultural attractions. Florida’s tallest lighthouse, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum (circa 1887), provides gorgeous Atlantic views from 53m up in the air. Visit The Casement, a mansion in Ormond Beach famous for being the winter residence of American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. The Museum of Arts & Sciences pays tribute to speed, space (it’s also a planetarium) and history, using a mishmash of Cuban art and assorted American memorabilia. The Marine Science Center has a 5000-gallon reef aquarium, and a stingray touch pool. There’s even golf – fabulous fairways, designed by sports legends.
Things to do in Daytona Beach
Here’s a selection of the area’s local treasures that you may wish to discover on your holiday.
Aunt Catfish’s on the River
Experience river cookin’ by Floridians – a southern seafood tradition! Learn more: auntcatfishontheriver.com
Daytona Beach Pier & Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is open all year round from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm (or later depending on weather and business). They have gift shops and snack bars along with nightly street performances which has become very popular. Food, ferris wheels and fireworks – nothing compares to the nostalgia of exploring the Boardwalk! Learn more: daytonabeach.com
Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies
Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies boasts something for the entire family to enjoy! From its bold, geometric shapes and electrifying colors, to its picturesque setting next to the historic Bandshell on the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies offer one of the most unique dining, shopping and entertainment experiences in Daytona Beach. Come play and stay all day! Ocean Walk Shoppes is a family friendly retail center featuring recognizable tenants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Johnny Rocket’s, Sloppy Joe’s, Ker’s WingHouse, Cold Stone Creamery, Sunglass Hut and Maui Nix Surf Shop. Learn more: oceanwalkshoppes.com
Visit the many museums and landmarks in the “Nation’s Oldest City”. Rich in heritage, St. Augustine is a unique getaway for visitors. Learn more: visitstaugustine.com
Lady Dolphin of Daytona
Enjoy a 2-hour sightseeing cruise and dinner on the intracoastal waterway of the Halifax River. Learn more: dineandcruise.com
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Built in 1886, more than 140,000 people visit this iconic Florida lighthouse each year! A National Historic Landmark since 1998, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States. It’s also a traveler favorite, thanks to the wellpreserved structures and rich history. If you’re looking for a birds‐eye view of the area, prepare to hoof it 203 steps to the top of the 175‐foot‐tall edifice. Learn more: ponceinlet.org
Museum of Arts & Sciences
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. Daytona’s largest museum boasts a huge collection of rail cars, Americana and Coca Cola memorabilia and now features a state-of-the-art planetarium! The area’s largest museum, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Learn more: moas.org
Marine Science Center
Wildlife rehabilitation is the main focus of the Center’s work, but the huge reef aquarium and sting ray pool are star attractions. Learn more: marinesciencecenter.com
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
Since 1925, Angell & Phelps has been synonymous with decadent hand-made chocolate. Be sure to take a free factory tour! Learn more: angellandphelps.com
Daytona International Speedway
More than the miles of shoreline, Daytona is probably best known for the Daytona International Speedway. Since opening in 1959, the complex has been the city’s claim to fame, as host to the biggest racing competitions (like February’s Daytona 500) and other smaller events throughout the year. On non-event days, you can walk onto the race track (for free) or take a guided tour via tram. Learn more: daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Today, the 2,521 seat auditorium attracts more than 100,000 residents and visitors annually, offers more than 200 performances of the finest professional theater, music, comedy, dance, children’s productions, opera and Broadway shows, provides educational and community programs, and remains a vital part of the areas cultural life. The Peabody is the crown jewel of Daytona’s Entertainment District and warrants your support. Learn more: peabodyauditorium.org
Halifax Historical Museum
Racing fans rejoice: At the Halifax Historical Museum, old racing photographs and artifacts sidle antique model cars. But this neoclassical‐style building is also a monument to Daytona’s history in general: The museum is housed in the former Merchant’s Bank Building — a fixture in downtown Daytona Beach since 1910. A bank teller’s window is still visible in a remote corner, and you’ll also find topical displays on the Civil War and American Indians. Learn more: halifaxhistorical.org
Join us for a heritage tour of the neighbourhood including a walk through Ormond Beach Gardens. Learn more: visitflorida.com
Ormond Beach MainStreet
Stretching west from the Atlantic Ocean along Granada Boulevard is Ormond Beach’s downtown. This beautiful urban district not only includes a thriving restaurant and retail scene, but riverfront parks, historic landmarks, and an art museum. Learn more: ormondbeachmainstreet.com
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens
Ormond Beach’s beautiful landscape has long attracted artists and art lovers. Catch the work of both local and national artists at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens or visit local galleries and The Casements. Learn more: ormondartmuseum.org
Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center
The Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center is a 23,000 plus‐square‐foot theatre that seats 600 patrons in a stadium‐style setting. The venue hosts national, regional, and local theatrical troupes, schools, dance programs, concerts, and seminars. Learn more: ormondbeach.org
Washington Oaks State Gardens
Between the Intracoastal Waterway and the roar of the Atlantic Ocean are great oaks, flowering annuals, perennials, tropical and local vegetation. During spring, azaleas, camellias, and roses positively explode with color, and there is an abundance of citrus trees on the outer perimeter of the park. Learn more: floridastateparks.org
How to get there
The map below shows the pickup points and route for our Daytona Beach vacations. Our Express Motorcoach (see below) travels westbound on Highway 401 crossing the border in Sarnia. For a detailed list of pickup locations click here. If you live outside of this routing area, you may wish to take advantage of our Connections Program to meet the coach.
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Why is it called Express?
Our coaches travelling to Florida are equipped with a comfortable bunk enabling two drivers to alternately drive and sleep. This eliminates an overnight stay however, we do stop for comfort breaks every 3-4 hours en route. Our drivers are thoughtful and kind and will help guide the group through border crossings and restaurants stops.
Day 1: Morning departure
Day 2: Arrive at destination in afternoon
Day 1: Afternoon departure
Day 2: Arrive at home in evening
Nautilus Inn, Daytona Beach
The Nautilus Inn is located oceanside in Daytona Beach. An eastern exposure over the Atlantic Ocean provides warm rosy sunrises. You will find the grounds beautifully landscaped with towering palms, colourful plants and an attractive glass barricade that provides shelter from the ocean breezes. The heated pool and hot tub are surrounded by comfortable chaise lounges. The hotel décor and furnishings are continually upgraded to maintain a clean, modern impression. The hotel and its grounds are designated 100% smoke-free.
All hotel rooms are kitchen equipped, with plenty of storage. Rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished, each with a large private balcony. When making your reservation, choose your room facing the ocean, or overlooking the beach to the north or south.
Things to do at the Nautilus Inn
Begin your day with breakfast in the Sand Dollar room and visit with fellow guests. Review the day’s scheduled activities, and decide whether it’s a pool and beach day, or a shopping and sightseeing day. Stock up on snacks and lunch items at the grocery store, or choose a daytrip further afield.
Return to the hotel for happy hour – where occasionally you’ll find musical entertainment, and always lots of fun. Choices for dinner outings include specialty seafood restaurants, roadhouse fare and buffets.
Our complimentary shuttle bus is available to guests for shopping, dinner and local excursions. There is a posted schedule of activities and you can plan your week in advance to make the most of your vacation time. The drivers are friendly and helpful, offering local information and their personal knowledge of this area they call home. Charges may apply for daytrips or special events.
Book Early & Save!
Book a vacation to Daytona Beach before the early booking departures dates listed in the price chart below and SAVE based on your duration (click on chart to enlarge).
Other durations and room types are available.
• Express motorcoach transportation (ﬂights are available for an additional charge)
• Kitchen-equipped room (as requested)
• Breakfast and Manager’s cocktail hour daily
• Resort amenities
• Daily housekeeping
• Shuttles to shopping, dinner and local attractions
• In-house activities and social events
• Onsite DeNure representative
• Connections Program
• HST does not apply
Prices are in Canadian dollars and are per person. Rates for triple and quad occupancy available.
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City-view North or Oceanfront Efficiency (400 sq. ft.)
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