VIBE: Family Friendly
839 S Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Update: February 8, 2023: This park is now open for parking and you can drive on the beach via Granada Blvd. Andy Romano Beachfront Park at 839 S. Atlantic Avenue has something for everyone, including a splash pad. Read more about this beautifully designed beach destination less than an hour from Orlando.
Can you drive on Ormond Beach
Sometimes a community just does a beach park right, and this time it's Ormond Beach. This beach is a drive on beach only 30 minutes from our home. We looked at many homes for sale in Ormond Beach before moving to the east coast of Florida. There's just so much to do in the area. From little kids to older folks, you will find the amenities at Andy Romano Beachfront Park delightful. With plenty of free parking in the lot plus the ability to drive on this beach, make time for a visit and spend the day. It is open from sunrise to sunset. No dogs are allowed (on any Volusia County beach). Ormond Beach can get busy, but not as crowded as Daytona Beach. So slip off your sandals and walk on the warm, firm sand.
A True Family Friendly Florida Beach
Ormond Beach has much more red in its sand than Daytona Beach. As you go further north into Flagler County, it gets even more colorful with coral contributing to its hue. Sometimes it appears orange! But it is the same flat sand you find on Daytona Beach which makes it great for biking, walking and driving for miles. Firm sand is this area's best characteristic: no sinking or struggling to get around on the beach and no big drop-offs into the sea.
Ormond Beach Water
Ormond Beach has beautiful clear ocean water. The brownish sand color can make it challenging to spot what's on the bottom, unlike lighter or white sand. However, don't let that stop you from enjoying the clean and often wavy ocean water. If the Florida heat has you craving a beach day, this is the spot to be. But keep in mind, the Atlantic Ocean waves can get pretty rough, so it's essential to check the warning flags, swim near a lifeguard, and take extra caution. Swimming at low tide is the safest option.
Ormond Beach Parking and Amenities
Andy Romano Park offers a fantastic family-friendly experience with amenities that every city should offer. One of the park's main highlights is it has tons of free parking in a large lot, as well as several clean and accessible bathrooms. You can also grill up some delicious food at one of the shaded picnic tables while watching your kids play in the splash pad, or purchase snacks from the park's snack bar. And with shower stations located throughout the park, you can easily wash the sand off your feet after a day at the beach. The park even offers a breathtaking ocean view, making it a must-visit destination for anyone in the Ormond Beach area.
Ormond Beach Activities
The beach usually has a lifeguard in season. In the Atlantic ocean waves you can have a lot of fun with a boogie-board. Why not ride a bike or Onewheel? You can walk for miles without cutting your feet on shells because the sand is flat and smooth. This is a pleasant beachside park and there is always a cool breeze to enjoy. Just sitting and watching people can be the best activity of all. Or have fun driving on the beach which is what so many love to do in this area. After your beach day, head over to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and enjoy 36 holes with your little swashbucklers!
Look Out! This Could Happen...
The only downside to Ormond Beach is that the traffic is a little crazy trying to get to the park and the beach. Add in the motorcycles (which the area is known for) and the drive can get frustrating. During the pandemic, many northern folks moved permanently to this area, and ALL roads to beaches are busier (on both Florida coasts). Still, compared to the west coast of Florida, Ormond Beach is easier to drive to: no lift bridges or single lane roads. Parking is plentiful and you can choose to drive on the beach if your vehicle can handle it and you pay for a pass. Driving and parking on the beach eliminates a lot of the parking problems that Florida beaches encounter, but very few beaches are made for this due to soft sand.
Trucks At This Beach
We saw this big beast in the parking lot. A Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. What made it really stand out was the very high lift riding on those custom, gleaming custom chrome alloy rims. Those rims included 10 spikes per matched with lower profile tires. Spikes! What do you need spikes for in Florida? You tell us! Easily the hottest-looking pickup in the beach lot this day!
What We Really Think About Ormond Beach
Ormond Beach is far enough from Daytona to escape wild crowds, but close enough to take advantage of the entertainment options. If you're like us, even watching trucks on the beach is fun. It's clean and full of great restaurants and hotels. If you have kids or grandchildren, this is the beach park you want to visit. Even after Labor Day the water is warm, with smaller crowds. We will continue to visit Andy Romano Park to enjoy all it has to offer. After all, it's only a 30 minute drive from our home. If you plan to visit Ormond Beach for a vacation, you can book a rental car at Orlando International Airport for your stay.
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