Destination guide

In the footsteps of the conquistadors in Ponce Inlet

It's been more than 500 years since the Spanish conquistadors first trawled up the coastline of Florida and happened upon the natural harbor of Ponce Inlet. Today, the place has grown into a thriving small town on the edge of Daytona Beach, where fishing jetties and bobbing boats, looming lighthouses and salt-washed beaches all ring around charming Ponce Inlet vacation rentals between the Atlantic shores and the sand dunes. With fascinating marine parks, a welcoming local crowd, and some enticing oceanside grills, it's the perfect place to while away a vacation in the Sunshine State.

Things to do

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse stands tall and proud

No trip to Ponce Inlet could possibly be complete without at least a quick trip to see its most iconic attraction: The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. This towering structure was first raised in 1887, and hails in as the 2nd-highest in the entire United States. It's painted in red hues and has an on-site museum in its erstwhile living quarters. Just down the road is the Marine Science Center, where the pools of rare sea turtles are certainly the piece de resistance, while Ponce Inlet Jetty is the place to people watch and wax down the surf board.

Activities

Enjoy the ocean and Spanish history in Ponce Inlet

If you're lucky enough to have bagged a Ponce Inlet vacation rental close to the beaches or amidst the undulating dunes, then you'll be perfectly placed to enjoy this town's most defining attraction: the sea. As the Atlantic crashes against the shore, it offers up opportunities for sports fishing, manatee spotting, and even swimming with dolphins. Back on dry land, it's possible to devour Caribbean-style seafood in the surf shacks, stroll the rickety timber jetties, and unravel tales of brave Spanish conquistadors in the local history museums.

Weather

Year-round sun in Ponce Inlet

When winter arrives, you can still expect to find the salt-washed beaches and white-sand dunes of Ponce Inlet doused in sun. In fact, the fall and winter months between November and April are some of the best here, promising cool breezes and long days of reliable warmth all along the coast. Spring time is another top slot to visit, long before the humid summer heat sets in around June, causing soaring mercury levels and balmy evenings.

Natural features

Atlantic beaches and Floridian creeks abound

Ponce Inlet marks the point where the winding, wiggling courses of the Halifax River finally open out into the wide Atlantic blue. The whole place is cut through by countless waterways and channels, with many Ponce Inlet vacation rentals spilling down to the banks and shores. Beaches are the main draw on the eastern haunch of the town, shimmering and shining like strands of white ribbon as surfers and boaters conquer the oncoming swells. A little to the east and the Tiger Bay State Forest takes over the land, complete with marshes stalked by alligators and trees topped with eagle hawks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Ponce Inlet

The nearest airport is in Daytona Beach, FL (DAB-Daytona Beach Intl.), located 9.8 mi (15.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Orlando, FL (SFB-Orlando Sanford Intl.), which is 29.3 mi (47.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Ponce Inlet?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,864 vacation rentals near Ponce Inlet. From 419 Houses to 2,113 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ponce Inlet for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ponce Inlet?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ponce Inlet:

  • East Wind North: 73 vacation rentals
  • Light House Shores: 37 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Isle: 44 vacation rentals
  • East Wind South: 77 vacation rentals
  • Ponce Inlet Club South: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ponce Inlet?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ponce Inlet. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lighthouse Point Park: 3,272 vacation rentals
  • Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum: 3,250 vacation rentals
  • Marine Science Center: 3,244 vacation rentals
  • New Smyrna Town Beach: 2,421 vacation rentals
  • Golf Club at Cypress Head: 3,303 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ponce Inlet listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ponce Inlet?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 419 Houses in Ponce Inlet. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ponce Inlet include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,113 rentals available
  • Villas: 27 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ponce Inlet?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,233 vacation rentals with pool available in Ponce Inlet. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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