Ormond Beach, Florida

Best Places to Retire in Florida


Ormond Beach (population 37,000) is located on central Florida’s east coast, just north of Daytona Beach. This “old Florida” community dates back 120 years. John D. Rockefeller, Sr. chose it for his winter home. It is also known by many, and celebrated locally as the “Birthplace of Speed.” In 1903 automobiles raced on its very broad, firm sand beaches and land speed records were contested. http://www.ormondbeach.org/

The city prides itself on offering its residents an exceptional quality of life. It offers pristine ocean beaches, clean rivers, tree-lined streets, and good services. Its Leisure Services Department was honored in 2002 for having one of the best programs in the nation. The community events calendar features more than 30 sponsored events throughout the year. These include Senior Games, summer concerts, celebrations, festivals and special events. In addition to outstanding water sports, there are excellent tennis facilities, many championship-level golf courses, trail riding, plus local and state parks. Ormond Beach also has good healthcare facilities.

The nearest “resource city” is Daytona Beach, which is minutes away. Daytona is a culture rich city with all the amenities of a much larger city. There is great music, dance, performing arts, fine dining, nightlife, and more.

Arts & Culture

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center is a 600-seat facility that hosts concerts, dance, community theater, touring troupes, seminars and more. http://www.ormondbeach.org/pac/Default.htm

Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens – http://www.ormondartmuseum.org/

The Bandshell Concert Series is held on the Boardwalk at Daytona Beach from April through October. http://www.daytonabandshell.com/

Daytona Beach Symphony performs six concerts annually. http://www.dbss.org/

Daytona Beach is the summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra, which performs annually at the Florida International Festival in July. http://www.daytonabeach.com/IndexArticle.asp?id=81

Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of cultural events. This $20 million facility opened in 2003. http://www.mmbcenter.com/

Daytona Playhouse offers community theater. http://echotourism.com/cultural/playhouse.htm

Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach – http://www.nsbplayers.org/welcome/welcome.html

Ocean Center, Daytona’s convention center is host to a variety of events including numerous concerts and events throughout the year. http://www.oceancenter.com/

Peabody Auditorium is a 2,500-seat facility that is host to the Daytona Symphony, Daytona Beach Civic Ballet, Concert Showcase and the London Symphony Orchestra during the Florida International Festival each summer. http://echotourism.com/cultural/peabody.htm

Halifax Historical Museum presents the history of the Halifax area and includes a video theater that shows the history of the area. http://www.halifaxhistorical.org/


The city’s Leisure Services Department has received national acclaim for offering an outstanding program of activities and events. http://www.ormondbeach.org/

Ormond Beach offers outstanding water access for cruising, off-shore or in-shore saltwater fishing, and freshwater fishing in the nearby rivers and streams. It also has outstanding beaches. Golfers will find more than 20 championship courses in the area, and there are good tennis facilities. Equestrians will find a number of riding opportunities in Volusia County, and Ocala, which is called “The Horse Capital of The World.” It is only 70 miles inland.

Daytona International Speedway hosts world-class racing and some of the sport’s most prestigious events. http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/

The Daytona Cubs are the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate. Home games are played from April to September. Stan Musial played his minor league ball here. The team plays in a 4,500-seat stadium, which is also home to Bethune-Cookman and Florida All-State College Baseball Jamboree which brings in some of the nation’s top collegiate teams. http://www.daytonacubs.com/


Daytona Community College is a two-year institution with an enrollment of more than 18,500 college and vocational credit students. There are more than 13,000 adult and continuing education students. http://www.dbcc.cc.fl.us/

Bethune-Cookman College at Daytona is an historically black college. It is a private institution, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school’s main campus consists of 33 buildings and 60 acres of park-like land. http://www.cookman.edu/

Stetson University in Deland is a private four-year institution serving approximately 2,300 students. It offers major programs in business, social sciences, recreation and fitness, education and psychology. http://www.stetson.edu/home/

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest university specializing in aviation and aerospace higher education. It serves more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students. http://www.embryriddle.com/

Keiser College is a private, two-year college specializing in computers, business and allied health. http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/

Nova Southeastern University has two off-campus sites in Daytona Beach where students can pursue graduate programs in business and education. http://www.nova.edu/

University of Central Florida at Daytona Beach, a state supported school, offers 19 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs. http://www.ucf.com/

Warner Southern College is a Christian liberal arts school offering more than 20 fields of study. http://www.warner.edu/

Senior Programs

Ormond Beach Leisure Services department operates the senior center which offers a wide range of programs and activities, including exercise and health, entertainment and social. http://www.ormondbeach.org/

The city’s Tennis Center offers group and private tennis lessons at two locations: The Ormond Tennis Center and the Nova Community Park Tennis Center. For options and rates, call 386-676-3285


The Florida Hospital System has over 400 licensed beds and nearly 500 physicians that serve the two hospitals in Ormond and one in nearby Palm Coast. All are full-service facilities with emergency services, surgery and radiology services, and many specialty services. http://www.fhmd.com/


Daytona Beach International Airport has a modern terminal and is served by two major domestic airlines. http://volusia.org/airport/

Ormond Beach Municipal Airport is home to about 150 aircraft. The facility has two intersecting runways. http://www.ormondbeach.org/Airport/ormondairport.htm

Orlando International Airport is a major flight center with dozens of air carriers both domestic and foreign. http://www.OrlandoAirports.net/goaa/main.htm


Average temperatures for January are a high of 70 and low of 48 degrees. The seasonal averages for July are a high of 91 and low of 72 degrees. http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Daytona_Beach.html


Daytona Beach News-Journal – http://www.news-journalonline.com/

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Daytona Beach – 6 miles
Flagler Beach – 15 miles
Palm Coast – 25 miles
Deland – 25 miles
New Smyrna Beach – 27 miles
St. Augustine – 50 miles
Orlando – 61 miles

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