When your skies are gray and the daily grind becomes too much to bear, break away to a beach vacation in sunny Daytona Beach!

A winter getaway is a smart choice on many levels: hotels are often discounted, there are fewer visitors vying for the same attractions on your must-see list, and the weather is pleasantly mild.It’s the perfect time of year to dive headfirst into one of the many adventures Daytona Beach has to offer — there’s something for all ages and interests! Keep reading for our top tips to consider while planning your winter vacation:

What to Pack for Your Daytona Beach Winter Vacation

Think T-Shirts & Light Layers

A family enjoys a stroll along Daytona Beach

When you pack for a winter getaway in Daytona Beach, you can leave the parka and warm gloves at home. The weather here during the winter months is considerably milder than it is in much of the nation. Though you’ll most likely have warm temps (the average January high is 68 degrees F), it’s best to pack light layers.

A T-shirt and cardigan will typically do the trick, but it’s a good idea to toss in a warmer windbreaker in case you want to go for an evening stroll on the beach. And, don’t forget your bathing suit — even if you think the ocean is a bit brisk this time of year, many hotels have heated pools!

Where to Stay During Winter in Daytona Beach

Save Money on Your Next Beach Escape

Friends enjoy a heated pool while on a Daytona Beach vacation

If you’re looking to save money on your next beach escape, going during the winter is one instant way to cut costs! Many of the oceanfront hotels and condo rentals offer seasonal specials and lowered rates in the off-season. Waking up to the sound of the ocean just outside your door while saving money makes the experience that much sweeter.

Sometimes, a quaint bed and breakfast is just the ticket to a peaceful and rejuvenating beach trip. Or, if you’re craving a reconnection with nature, winter is a wonderful time to experience a Daytona Beach RV campground or campsite. With more than 200 properties and 12,000 rooms in the Daytona Beach area, there’s excellent value available for vacation crews and budgets of all sizes.

What to Do During a Winter Beach Vacation

Top Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach

Winter in Daytona Beach offers a list of fun family activities as long and wide as the area’s famous beaches. The crisp, sunny days here make winter an especially good season to enjoy golfing, horseback riding and riding bikes on the beach. Or, rent a kayak or canoe and discover Daytona Beach’s many backwater creeks, inlets and rivers.

Birding enthusiasts find winter to be an agreeable time to visit the area, since many migratory species are in residence — but not many mosquitos are!

Of course, you won’t want to miss the top free things to do in Daytona Beach while you’re here. To get more ideas for your family’s itinerary, check out the nine best ways to spend a winter vacation in Daytona Beach.

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Daytona Beach is a world-famous destination for a good reason — it’s full of endless adventures that are fun all year long. In fact, vacationing in the “off-season” may be the ultimate travel hack! There are smaller crowds exploring the attractions, mild weather and great low rates on lodging. And, although you can plan for perfectly sunny weather while you’re here this winter, there are a number of ways to bring the fun indoors.

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