Luring groups with 23 miles of hard-packed beaches, the Daytona Beach International Speedway, dozens of golf courses and a recently renovated and expanded convention center, Daytona Beach is an Atlantic Coast beachfront destination with easy access to major airports and Central Florida attractions and theme parks. And as it also is a world-class sports destination, meeting venues in Daytona Beach see a lot of activity.
The Daytona Beach International Airport is located 3 miles from the tourism corridor. Orlando Sanford International Airport is 33 miles and Orlando International Airport is 69 miles away.
Venue variety best describes Daytona's accommodations offerings with hotel rooms, suites and condo units in beachfront, Speedway and golf course settings. Some hotel venues in Daytona Beach include the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, with 60,000 square feet of meeting space; 212-room The Shores Resort & Spa, with 20,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 115-room Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Airport, with 1,000 square feet of meeting space.
Groups don't have to stray far from the beach with their accommodations choice or large-scale meeting facility. The Ocean Center is situated 400 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the Ocean Walk Village, which encompasses resorts, shopping, restaurants and a movie theater. Following a $76-million expansion in 2009, the Ocean Center features 205,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 36 breakout rooms and a 12,000-square-foot banquet hall with seating for 850.
Special event venues in Daytona Beach include the 2,525-seat Peabody Auditorium, and two theaters at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, seating 869 and 264 people. The facility has a glass atrium where 750 can mingle at a reception.
Beyond Daytona's 23 miles of wide, sandy beaches, the entertainment menu for special events and spouse programs includes the Shoppes at Ocean Walk Village, a shopping, dining and entertainment district with a 10-screen movie theater; The Casements, a cultural center and museum and the former home of billionaire John D. Rockefeller; the Daytona International Speedway, where tours are available; and LPGA International, home to two championship golf courses and a teaching academy.
Day trips from the area are logistically appealing, with historic St. Augustine, World Golf Village and World Golf Hall of Fame, Kennedy Space Center and Orlando's theme parks all less than a one-hour drive from Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach dining scene offers diversity like Vince Carter's, an upscale casual eatery owned by the NBA star, Martini's Chophouse, a gourmet steakhouse, and Rossellini's, an Italian favorite.