Where to Stay on the Space Coast

Where to Stay in Florida’s Space Coast

Florida’s beautiful east central coast is a bustling destination. The region is known for its natural areas, as well as being home to America’s gateway to the universe, Kennedy Space Center. This coast gets its nick name “The Space Coast” since its home to Kennedy Space Center. In addition to being America’s gateway to the universe, the area has many other things to explore. Check out the many waterfront parks and nature preserves. Climb to the top of an historic lighthouse. Learn to surf. Enjoy the culture and art of several area museums.

Whether you’re looking for quiet relaxation or an active family vacation, there are many lodgings to choose from.  This selection of where to stay in east central will help you find the destination that’s best for you.

Know Before You Go

All of the options listed are LGBTQ friendly. Properties noted as TAG Approved have met standards centered-around inclusion and safety for workers and guests alike. These include enforcing non-discrimination regarding sexual orientation, LGBTQ diversity and sensitivity training, and they employ diverse staff. They also give back to their community.

Unless otherwise noted, children are welcome at all properties listed. Fur babies are welcome at many, but not all properties. Please verify when reserving.

Traveling on a Budget

For travelers who want to invest less in lodging and more in doing, central east Florida has plenty of options. Savvy budget-minded visitors know you don’t have to skimp on quality to save a few dollars.

Castaways Beach Resort, Daytona Beach

This condo property offers rentals ranging from a single night to several months. The spacious rooms start at 330 square-feet. They include kitchenettes and ocean views proving you don’t have to spend a fortune for a glimpse of paradise.

The outdoor pool, and onsite restaurant make this an easy and relaxing hotel.

Children are welcome here, however, you’ll need to leave the four-legged family members at home. Get ready to castaway to your vacation here.

Ramada Speedway, Daytona

For travelers on-the-go, this traditional Ramada property offers easy access to the Daytona International Speedway. Visitors who want to explore the area’s culture can check out the Museum of Arts & Sciences, just a short drive away.

The free shuttle to and from the Daytona Beach International Airport makes this a great stop for travelers.

Unwind by the roof deck pool. Enjoy a meal in the onsite restaurant or grab a drink in the bar. The rooms in this non-smoking hotel are designed for comfort and practicality. You’ll find a coffee maker and even a work desk/sitting area in each. Plan your Ramada Speedway “pit stop” here.

Resort and Luxury Options

Seeking upscale amenities and above-average activity options? Resort life might be the perfect solution. There are many higher-end luxury properties on the space coast. Each has their own unique features and appeal. Almost all charge a resort fee, whether you choose to enjoy the amenities or not.

Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach

If you’re seeking oceanfront elegance, this is the destination for you.

Guests can choose from a variety of room types, including some with ocean views. All rooms and suites include wifi, pool and beach access.

There’s plenty to do here, and the resort fee includes your first hour of any non-motorized water activity like kayaks and paddle boards.

If relaxing is your priority book a treatment (or two) at the in-house Ocean Water Spa.

The resort is family-friendly, but leave the fur babies at home. Check the Plaza website for discount offers and packages here.

Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort, Port St. Lucie

If your version of paradise includes golfing, then this is the resort for you. With three golf courses on site, you’ll have plenty of time to play.

Accommodations include one and two bedroom villas. Some also have terraces or balconies. Enjoy dining in one of the many area restaurants, or prepare a meal in your villa’s full kitchen.

The pool area, playground, and giant chess board are perfect for families traveling with children. The Kiddos can also get in on the game and take a golf lesson!

All the details you need to tee-off are here.

Hard Rock Hotel, Daytona Beach

Feel like rock star at one of Daytona Beach’s newer resorts. Enjoy spacious rooms, some with city or ocean views.

The Hard Rock is the center of Daytona’s upscale nightlife scene. Dine at one of the onsite restaurants or enjoy a tasty beverage at the bar. This Hard Rock property does not have a casino. However, the thriving entertainment schedule will keep you busy.

New national and local acts perform regularly. Many shows are free and open to the public, so the venue draws locals and guests from other properties. Maybe that’s why it seems the party never stops!

This smoke-free property offers free self-parking, or valet for a fee. Pets are not permitted. Children are welcome, however, there must be someone 21 or older in staying in each room.

Get all the details to party like a rock star here.

The Resort, Cocoa Beach

This resort is like your home-away-from home. There’s room for the whole family with two bedrooms, full kitchens, even washers and dryers.

The rental condo units feature private balconies, many overlooking the water. Relax your cares away with a soak in the whirlpool tub, or a stroll on the beach.

Just off the beach is the outdoor pool with a sundeck and hot tub. There’s also an onsite restaurant and tiki bar.

Guests can get moving on the basketball and shuffleboard courts. Take a break from the sun and check-out the indoor play area or movie theater.

Find out everything you need to enjoy the sunny side of Cocoa Beach here.

The Shores Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach Shores

The entire family will find something to enjoy at this beachfront resort. Many of the guest rooms and suites have balconies and ocean views.

After a day of exploring the Daytona area, come back to your relaxing accommodations. Take a dip in the delightful saltwater swimming pool. Grab a drink at the tiki bar. Enjoy the Atlantic view as you spend the early evening by the beachfront fire pits.

Adventurous guests can reserve surfing lessons with a local pro. Or get further out on the waves with a fishing charter from a nearby marina.

Find out what awaits you at The Shores here.

Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott, Daytona Beach

This seaside property offers fun in the sun. With a beautiful beachfront pool and restaurant this is the perfect place to enjoy the ocean. Little ones will love their own kiddie pool.

The all suite property offers more space than a traditional hotel. They all feature fully equipped kitchens. Some suites even have river or partial ocean views. Wifi and parking are free here.

Take a break from the beach with plenty of things to do within a short drive.  Start planning your seaside escape here.

Crowne Plaza Oceanfront, Melbourne – TAG Approved

This relaxing hotel sits right on the Atlantic. The location is ideal for visitors who want to explore the Space Coast and still be within an hour of Orlando.

Some guest rooms and suites have balconies with ocean views. Free wifi is included in your room and throughout most common areas.

Enjoy a dip in the ocean or pool. Or just relax and listen to the waves with a drink under one of the umbrellas around the beach and pool area.

This property offers over 13 event and meeting areas to meet the needs of every group. Self-parking is available for a fee.

Find out more about this slice of paradise here.

Bed & Breakfasts

Guests seeking one-of-a-kind accommodations will enjoy exploring bed and breakfasts. These charming properties, often in historic structures, are updated for maximum comfort and relaxation. Enjoy smaller, quieter properties where you have the option of mingling with your hosts and other travelers.

August Seven Inn, Daytona Beach

This charming Victorian-style Inn offers all the comforts of home. Rooms have their own bathrooms, and TVs. Some offer spa tubs and partial river views. There’s even a popcorn machine and 120 DVD library to choose from for a cozy movie night.

Borrow a couple of the Inn’s chairs and towels and walk to the beach, just eight minutes away. Visitors can also stroll over to the shops and boutiques of the Ocean Walk Shoppes. Start planning your visit here.

Seaglass Inn Bed & Breakfast, Melbourne

Guests of this 1915 inn will enjoy the thoughtful details of this tropical oasis. Enjoy mingling with fellow travelers at complimentary wine happy hour.

The lush courtyard and heated pool offer a great escape. Yet, you’re not too far from all the activities and sites the area has to offer.

The historic main house offers two guest rooms. One features a claw-foot bathtub and original architectural features. The Sunset Suite spans the entire second floor and has a private balcony with river view.

Enjoy one of four garden cabanas with their own sitting areas overlooking the garden. The Royal Palm room is accessible for visitors with mobility devices.

Start planning time at this oasis here.

Casa Coquina Del Mar, Titusville

This 1927 gem is full of charm and unique character. Rooms and suites range in in size from 360 to 1,100 square-feet. Each of the eight unique spaces offers a separate bedroom, sitting area, and private bathroom.

After your complimentary gourmet breakfast head on up to the second floor deck to take in views of the Indian River. If your timing is right, you can even catch a rocket launch!

After a day of area activities soak your cares away in the garden hot tub. Every evening join other guests for complimentary beverages and snacks.

Prepare to launch new memories here.

Vacation Rentals

Visitors seeking the home-away-from home vibe might enjoy the vacation rental option. Most vacation rental properties offer visitors the amenities of home, including more space than standard lodging, and kitchen access. These properties come in all shapes and sizes, from condo buildings to private residences. Explore some of these central east Florida options.

Oceanwalk Condos, Daytona Beach

This Wyndham property is your beachfront home-away-from-home. Rental units have either one or two bedrooms, fully outfitted kitchens, and spacious living rooms.

The beach, historic bandshell music venue, and scenic boardwalk are just steps away. Families will also love the two outdoor pools and the lazy river. There’s plenty of indoor fun, including a mini golf course, and another pool.

Right next door is the Oceanwalk shopping and entertainment complex.

Find out more about rates and vacation specials here.

Sunset House, Merritt Island

This charming Merritt Island rental is the perfect spot for catching a sunset, or maybe even a rocket launch!

This sanctuary is perfect for solo travelers or couples. Guests will have their own private bedroom with queen bed, and bathroom. You’re welcome to use the full kitchen, enclosed patio, and swimming pool.

This waterfront home is just moments from area attractions. Connect with hostess Linda via AirBnB here.

Casa Daytona

Enjoy all this charming 1920s Spanish-style home. This eclectic 2 bedroom, one bath retreat accommodates up to five guests.

With the whole house to yourselves, you’ll have everything you need for a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Guests can venture out to explore all that nearby Daytona has to offer. For a day trip Orlando is just 45 minutes away.

Get all the details for your Casa stay through the airbnb hosts here. Inquire about theie other nearby properties.

Touch Down in Paradise

Take some time to explore the diverse lodging options of Florida’s central east region. Wherever you land on the Space Coast you’re sure to enjoy your visit.

For more information on exploring Florida’s Space Coast, click here.

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Written by Jacqui May

Jacqui May has a background in nonprofit project management and writing. She is currently a freelance consultant, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and writer. She enjoys working with diverse organizations to connect them with resources, and make a difference in the community.

Jacqui is a straight ally and several of her close family and friends identify as lgbtq. She volunteers with organizations serving veterans, developmentally disabled adults, the homeless, and low-income community members.

Originally from New York City, she is a long-time Floridian and has extensively explored the Sunshine State. Jacqui loves history and believes that everyone has a story worth listening to.


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