The Perfect Two-Day Trip to Daytona, Florida

This past week my friend Abby and I decided to take a two-day trip to Daytona Beach. Our goal was to spend as little money as possible, but still have as much fun as possible. Overall, I spent around $125 out of pocket.

Hotel

Ocean Breeze Club Hotel

We stayed at the Ocean Breeze Club Hotel. The total cost per night was around $80. For a budget hotel on the beach, it was not a bad stay. At first, we were super nervous since many of the reviews said the place was dirty and disgusting. We also read that there was no parking. However, when we arrived, there was plenty of parking and the staff was very kind when greeting us. They actually upgraded our room for no charge. The room was clean and had a beautiful view of the ocean. There were a few holes in the wall and the bathroom wall had water damage. Overall, for the price we paid and the location of the hotel, it was definitely worth it. Definitely a good hotel for college students or young adults on a budget.

Activities

The Manatee Dolphin Tours

This was definitely my favorite thing about the trip by far. This tour was around 2 hours long for $25 per person ($16 for children under 12 years old and free for children under 2). The guides take you along the coast and point out different areas along the shore like a historic lighthouse, million-dollar yachts, and homes owned by celebrities. We also saw many different animals like dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. If you go on this tour I definitely recommend bringing sunscreen since you will be on a boat for two hours. There is a shaded part of the boat, but the best viewing point is at the front of the boat where there is no shade.

Restaurants

Starlite Diner

This diner was walking distance from the hotel and was so cute. The food was amazing for a low cost. The waitress was so kind and quick with service. We asked her about the diner and how it has been affected by COVID. She told us that the diner is locally owned and many local families work there together. After being shut down for most of March, April, May they reopened with only two servers working at a time with limited capacity. Now they are able to allow most of the employees to work and have figured out how to run efficiently and safely with the new COVID procedures.  

Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joes was such a fun, unique restaurant. The restaurant serves anything from alcohol-filled fishbowls to burgers to giant show-stopping desserts. For being directly above Bubba Gump’s, the Sloppy Joes was very fairly priced for all the food we ate. The cost came out to about $30 a person, which was a steal compared to other restaurant prices in the area.

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