Road trip planning guide with day trip ideas by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or RV, highlighting vacation stays at beautiful Bluegreen Resorts.

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In and Around Daytona: 36 Miles of Beach Ride Nirvana

If you've ever had a wild itch to take on two wheels and cruise in the area  best-known for Bike Week, you've got a few decisions to make.  One of your first should be whether to trailer your bike or rent one by the day or week.  Be aware- if you're planning to vacation during the Biker events, rental prices are at a premium, running in the neighborhood of $200 - $250 or more per day.  For those who like action and being in the Thick of Things, book well ahead.  Two years ahead.

But if quieter rides are more your style, the Daytona area offers great bike weather just about all year round, and motorcycles aren't the only option for enjoying some of the area's amazing scenic byways.

For a  vacation experience you'll be hard-pressed not to want to return to, Bluegreen Resorts stylish Daytona Seabreeze, located in Ormond Beach, is a great option.  You can relax on the sands and watch the sunrise from the beach outside your door, or enjoy the daybreak view with a breakfast on your oceanfront balcony.  After a morning of sun and swim, you'll be ready for a nice little tour.

From the resort, The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is highly recommended, covering more than 30 miles of some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Florida.  This ride is one of my personal favorites for the variety of possibilities it offers.  This is a terrific day trip by bicycle, scooter, or the family SUV.  The Loop's official website describes the ride best:

"The roadway view includes unobstructed vistas of two rivers, creeks and marshes, barrier island dunes and beach, and historic dwellings. Visitors seeking a cultural and/or historic experience will find museums and historic public buildings and private homes along the corridor, in Tomoka State Park and in locations a few blocks off the designated roadways."

It's just plain gorgeous.  And because there's quite a lot to do along the road, you can plan more than one visit
or approach it from different points on the map.  There are plenty of spots for fishing, boating, and picnicing, and you can use the walking trails or beaches to stretch your legs before the next segment of the trip.

Variety is the key to this relaxing road trip experience.  Just writing this has made me miss the two years I spent riding A1A along the Palm Coast with short afternoon jaunts into Tomoka Park.

Safe Riding.

Have you traveled this loop?  What's your take on the ride?

The Ormond Loop Official Website
Ormond Loop Insider Tips
Bluegreen Resorts Daytona Seabreeze
Daytona Rentals (Bikes, bicycles, and scooters)

Photo credits:  Bluegreen Resorts, Ormond Loop Official Website


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