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Billed as the world’s most famous beach, I’m sure many images come to mind when you think of Daytona Beach. Typically, spring break, bike week, race week, all conjure images of parties, 20-somethings, loud motorcycles and thousands of people in the street. And while those are all fun and have their time and place, that may mean you don’t give Daytona Beach consideration for a family vacation. However, that would be a mistake.
Long before Daytona Beach became party central, it was one of Florida’s most popular family destinations. In fact, it is a traditional return destination for many families.
We had the pleasure of staying at one of the oldest hotels in the area, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort. Perry’s is one of those quintessential family resorts that sparks nostalgia the instant you arrive. It’s no wonder a majority of their guests are repeat visitors. In fact, it’s how we discovered Perry’s. We visited with friends, who’ve made Perry’s a family vacation every year for over 30 years. Now grown kids bring their kids to continue the tradition. It’s like that for many of the guests at Perry’s.
Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort
We stayed in an ocean view efficiency. We had 2 queen beds, a decent size kitchen, dinette set, pull-out sofa and chair, and a lovely walk out balcony. While some of the furnishings are outdated, and a few touch-ups in the bathroom area could happen, overall we were impressed with both the view, ease of access and size of the room.
Perry’s has 21 different room types, so be sure to check them out online for the right combination for your family.
Perry’s has a unique indoor pool under a sprawling garden atrium. The Garden Atrium rooms surround the indoor pool, making it a great place for a larger, younger family that may need to duck back into the room from time to time. Outside you’ll find two outdoor pools, shuffleboard, and a small mini-golf course. The resort features a large lawn overlooking the ocean, filled with tables, chairs, and umbrellas, making it a perfect gathering place for the multi-generational family.
The resort features a large lawn overlooking the ocean, filled with tables, chairs, and umbrellas, making it a perfect gathering place for the multi-generational family.
On site, Perry’s has a Tiki Bar and the Mango Sun Cafe. However, let’s talk about the Donuts. Perhaps the most memorable part of Perry’s is the free donut breakfast, located in the south tower lounge. I don’t know how they do it, but those donuts are so good!
Overall I was immensely pleased with our stay here and can see why it has become a family tradition. This is one of those resorts, that if you have older kids, you can let them wander the outdoor and indoor pool areas safely. It’s one of those true authentic early Florida traditions made just for family vacations.
Recommendations for Daytona Beach
First and foremost, check a Daytona Beach calendar. While Daytona offers plenty of family fun, there’s nothing worse than trying to put the baby to sleep with loud motorcycles blaring outside. There’s still plenty of fun events year round.
Stay Oceanside. You’re there for the beach after all. There’s nothing like walking out of your hotel onto the “World’s Most Famous Beach.”
If you can, bring a tent, cones, or some other “barrier” when you’re on the beach. Daytona Beach is one of the few places int he world that allows cars. While there is a designated driving area, help drivers and your kids know where your boundaries are. Our friends have been visiting since each of their kids were babies, and have not had any problems. Plus, you can always visit the pool!
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