After publishing this article which talked about all of the amenities…dining, shopping, and so forth…around Latitude Margaritaville, I got a lot of questions asking “where’s the beach?”, or “how do I get to the beach?”.
I should not have been surprised.
For years now my readers at Florida for Boomers have been asking me to help them find a 55+ community on or near the beach, and truth be told, it’s kind of slim pickings out there.
Enter Latitude Margaritaville: Daytona Beach.
While some news reports and videos currently available online report that Latitude Margaritaville is directly ON the beach, that is simply not true.
However, it is a lot closer and has easier accessibility than most other Florida 55+ communities.
Getting to the Beach on Your Own
As the crow flies, Latitude Margaritaville is about 5 miles from the beach.
But assuming you aren’t a crow nor the owner of a helicopter, you’ll want to drive your car over a bridge.
The shortest route to do so is about 6.7 miles. This will take you across the Mason Avenue Bridge and dump you right into the heart of Daytona’s tourist district.
Unless you are here on Spring Break, this is not where you want to go and enjoy your beach day.
The best places to enjoy the beach are either south of the main tourist district, say from Daytona Beach Shores all the way south to Ponce Inlet, or north of the Daytona Beach tourist district.
If you’re not very familiar with our area yet, you might be surprised to learn that we are actually allowed to drive our cars on the beach. Here’s more information on that if you’re interested.
How About Your Own Private Beach Club Instead?
If you are planning on being a Latitude Margaritaville resident though, you don’t need to worry about any off that.
The developer, Minto Communities, thought far enough ahead that in 2015, before they even teamed up with Margaritaville, they purchased land directly on the beach in Ormond for a private beach club for their residents.
Here’s a map showing the fastest way to get there. Please note that I’ve used the Halifax Humane Society as the starting point because that is right next door to the Latitude Margaritaville Sales Center which doesn’t have an address in Google Maps yet.
The best part of it might be the continuous loop shuttle service that news reports have confirmed.
One of the biggest hassles for people who live in this area but not directly on the beach is you have to pack up your car with your coolers, your beach chairs, your umbrella, and drive yourself over to the beach, fighting traffic along the way, find parking, unpack all that stuff, and then you can finally “relax”, but in the back of your mind knowing that in just a few hours you’re going to have to pack it all back up again and head home.
Latitude Margaritaville residents won’t have those problems.
Just hop on the bus Gus, and in about 20 minutes you’re enjoying the beach at your own private beach club.
Beach chair and umbrella? Check.
Food and adult beverages? Check.
Want to take a dip in the pool? Check.
Need to use the restroom? Check.
It should be pretty great. Stay tuned for more.