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Travel: A Delightful Daytona Beach Getaway

Maxx Beach Resort’s pool offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. (Josephine Maida)

One of the reasons Orlando is such a great place to live is that there’s always something exciting and fun going on locally. A city full of tourists and with thousands of entertainment options every day is great, but it can occasionally cause sensory overload.

Daytona Beach is just an hour’s drive from the heart of downtown Orlando and is the perfect place for a beach weekend. Whether you’re looking to spend time with friends and family, Daytona is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of home.

My partner, best friend and I wanted to decompress so planned a short getaway to Daytona Beach.We wanted to stay in a modern place with spectacular views and beach access. As planned, I realized that finding the ideal hotel was more than half the battle for a relaxing trip.

The newly renovated Max Beach Resort is a blissful place to spend a few days. Our room was a 3 bedroom oceanfront residence condo on the 11th floor overlooking a private bar and pool with beach views. A wall of windows looked straight out onto the Atlantic Ocean and made me feel like I was at sea. At night, the sound of water lulled us to sleep as we spent the afternoon eating and drinking on our private balcony.

Each bedroom has ample bathroom space and a large kitchen with modern appliances. Our three-bedroom suites include access to a private in-room laundry, ideal for keeping your swimsuit clean after a dip in the hot tub.

Entrance to Max Beach Resort where paradise awaits. (Josephine Maida)

After checking in and settling into our room, we headed to the resort’s Venn Bar for cocktails and snacks. Our favorites include a fresh mixed green salad with orange citrus, creamy goat cheese and hand-dipped chicken tenders.

Afterwards, strolling around the huge pool and hot tub was perfect for sipping white sangria. I was.

As well as laying a soft towel on the sand and taking a dip in the ocean, Max Beach Resort offers bike rentals in cabanas overlooking the ocean, and bike rentals along the shore. For the type of traveler who likes to immerse themselves in local history and culture, the Daytona Beach area has a lot to offer.

Travel back in time at Starlight Diner.
(Josephine Maida)

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is a National Historic Landmark, first lit on November 1, 1887. The lighthouse is still in use today and is open to the public. We climbed all 203 steps to reach the top of the 175-foot-high observatory at the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse.

If climbing isn’t your thing, visit the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) for a quiet, relaxing stroll through history, art and culture.

As a foodie myself, I was most excited to see the Coca-Cola exhibit at the Root Family Museum. His MOAS interactive section, which opened in 2001, features his one of the world’s largest collections of Coca-Cola memorabilia, including teddy bears, Indy his series race cars, retired train cars, and other Americana. A collection of iconic works of

Other great services include the Lowell and Nancy Roman Family Planetarium and the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum, which offers hands-on experiences for children. Here, we saw children of all ages discovering more about careers in a variety of fields, such as medicine and restaurant management, while having fun with their friends.

No vacation is complete without a trip to the local coffee shop. In Daytona Beach, Casualbird’s cozy atmosphere, which boasts a menu of Southern beach fare, was the perfect morning rest stop before exploring. with wickerwork. It’s the perfect place to grab an ideal shot to showcase your vacation on Instagram while sipping an iced coffee. I was drawn in by the complimentary bread pudding and they made me to order an iced mocha latte. For snacks, we shared the Summer Breeze sandwich. Cranberry mayonnaise on toasted pumpernickel bread served with roasted turkey, creamy brie and tart his apple.

Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art. (Josephine Maida)

Snacks are another essential part of travel, especially road trips. A stop at a gas station would suffice, but in Daytona, travelers can visit any of the two he-she Buc-ee locations available in the state.

A trip to Buc-ee’s is much more than just a quick bite. This he 24-hour mega convenience store/gas station is known for its upscale gift shop and variety of foods. From brisket to beef jerky to baked goods to fudge, most of the products at this glorious rest stop are made exclusively for the chain. We stopped several times to get our favorite custom dipped pretzels and slushies for the beach.

Crabby’s Oceanside, just down the road from Max Beach Resort, had a menu full of seafood specials and outdoor seating on the beach. We enjoyed a basket of frozen pina coladas and crab legs as we watched the sun go down and the sky turn pink over the sea.

We made a final stop at the Starlite Diner before packing up the car to head back to The City Beautiful. The retro 1948 dining car has booths lining the walls and a counter with stools upholstered in glossy red vinyl. After filling my stomach with a classic breakfast of fruit-topped waffles, eggs, bacon, toast, and home his fries, I filled up my tank for a quick trip to Orlando.

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