Top Picks From Travis When Vacationing in the Ormond Beach Area
Many of you know Travis is our Rental Coordinator Extraordinaire in our Ormond Beach location working with Royal Floridian and Royal Floridian South rentals. Not only because he is a long time local, but also with his job description he is driven on a constant quest to find niche spots for him and his family, and also for you on your Ormond Beach vacation!
I asked him for a few of his favorite locations in the area. He sent me back a list of a few recommendations. With it came the admonition that he must keep a few Ormond Beach secrets to himself. You are welcome to try to ply these local secrets from him during your stay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you that he was guarding them! You can tell by his list that he both loves the ecology of the area as well as being a self-proclaimed history buff.
- Blue Springs State Park – Great spot to get up close to the wildlife. The crystal clear water stays a constant (warm) temperature year round! This covers more than 2,600 acres. During manatee season (mid-November through March) the park is teeming with the Florida state marine mammal.
- St. Augustine – Did you know Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest North American city? The city has a multitude of historical places to visit as well as being a beautiful Florida attraction. It is really historical in every way! The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. It was founded in 1565.
- Ponce Inlet – The coastal town has clear water, great fishing, jetties and a disappearing island. While in Ponce Inlet, make sure to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Climb the 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tower and look out from the observation platform high above.
- Marine Discovery Center – stop by the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. The sea life demos and animal interaction makes this a worthwhile stop! And there are many saltwater tanks to look through, tours to go on, day camps for kids, and more!
- Tomoko State Park – For a day in the outdoors, the Tomoko State Park provides a perfect location for good fishing, nature trails for hiking and also great camping for an overnight if you’re feeling especially adventurous! The park also has a lot of historical significance as the site of the American Indian Nocoroco village of the Timucuan people one thousand years ago.