Our Day At Ormond Beach- 4 stars
Before I review Ormond Beach, it would be prudent to set the foundation for our future Florida reviews. Our intent is to show how a family can beach hop in Florida for an extended period on a shoestring budget. Additionally, it's important to understand the reviewer... I am a 41 year old husband and father of four who hates heat, sand, crowds, and sweating. So needless to say, the beach is not my favorite place. I know this puts me outside of the norm, but I am who I am. In order to negate some of these irritants, we are beach hopping in the off season, the last week of December through January. The temperatures are typically in the 70's, the crowds are at a minimum, parking and traffic is much improved, and things are proving to be cheaper. That said, this non beach bum dad is a much happier camper. In our reviews, we will give an star rating out of 5 stars. We will average the opinions of the 6 of us and base it on things like cleanliness, parking, beach quality, amenities, beauty, cost, x-factor, and conveniences like beachside showers. With that ground work laid, let's get on with our review.
Ormond Beach (specifically Andy Romano Beachfront Park pictured above) has been our go to for a few different Florida trips now. The beach is immaculate and beautiful. There are wonderful amenities like picnic pavilions, outside beach showers, cabanas, free parking, clean restrooms (and plenty of them), a splash pad (open in the spring and summer), and a play area. The layout is fantastic and surprisingly not crowded any time we've ever visited here. The beach has plenty of shells (not as many as Cocoa Beach, but decent) and clear waters. The waves are decent for the east coast and great for small surfing, boogie boarding, or the like. As a family we give this beach a solid 4. We held off on a 5 star review because for us it was missing a "wow" or "X" factor. A lack of quaint boutiques nearby could have been that missing element or maybe a boardwalk of some kind would have boosted it to a 5 for us. However, for what it is, it is a great beach that we highly suggest you visit especially if you have children. We will continue to spend beach time here with any visit to Orlando (about 70 miles away) or the area.
While we were in Ormond we visited a local free museum, "The Casements" (as pictured below). This beautiful home was the winter home of John D. Rockefeller Sr. during the last years of his life. We very much enjoyed the free tour, exhibits, and history lessons at the Casements. We all walked away with different informative take-aways and a renewed appreciation for the man that John D. Rockefeller was. The grounds around the Casements was equally beautiful and provided a wonderfully scenic and serene lunch spot prior to our tour. At the end of this fun filled day we had spent nothing other than a little bit of gas and our groceries for the day. What we took away, were wonderful memories and knowledge on a shoestring. We highly encourage anyone to make the time to work the Casements museum into their schedule if in the Ormond area.
P.s- The entire town of Ormond from the inlet town area to the local Walmart, chain stores, and gas stations, were not only very clean, they were very nice looking, and we felt very safe at all times in this entire area.
$5 in diesel for the bus
$8 in gassoline
$29 in groceries
$? small voluntary donation to the Casements Museum
Accommodations... We stayed in our Skoolie (school bus conversion)
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