Flagler Beach: The Perfect Florida Weekend Getaway

Flagler Beach: The Perfect Florida Weekend Getaway

Flagler Beach can be described in two words, Old Florida! It is a completely laid back beach town with quaint restaurants and six miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches. If you ever wanted to visit a place where you’ll feel as if you’re back in the 1950’s… this is the place! And, if you’re looking for excitement… then this is NOT the place! Flagler Beach’s focus is on total relaxation.

It’s always great to get travel information from a local. My brother has lived in Flagler Beach for many years, and he has given me the rundown on what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the area.

Flagler Beach, Florida

Named for railroad developer Henry Flagler, the town of Flagler Beach is actually part of the Daytona-Deltona-Ormond Beach, metropolitan area. It’s just about 20 miles north of Daytona Beach, but it’s a different world! You won’t find spring breakers here, and you won’t even find many tourists.

The town was a 2013 finalist for the “Coolest Small Town” in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest. And, it really is a very cool little town in which you will not find any high rise buildings on the beach… unlike most of Florida’s beaches. Let’s hope it stays this way!

BreakAwayz Restaurant Flagler Beach FloridaYou won

Things to See and Do

Fishing on the Municipal Pier

Even if you’re not into fishing, the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier is a great place to hang out for a bit. The views from the pier are amazing! Watch the surfers catching waves, or watch those who do fish pull in their catches of the day, including the occasional shark! The daily rate for just walking out on the pier is about $1.50 per person. If you plan on fishing, you’ll pay a daily rate of $4-$6. In addition, you will need to purchase a fishing license .

Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Florida

Play a round or two at the Ocean Palm Golf Club. This 9-hole course is nestled in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, so you always have a beautiful ocean breeze.

Greens fees are only $15 per person, and the cart fee is $7. And, if you happen to find yourself in Flagler Beach without your clubs, they will rent you a set for $6.

Golf in Flagler Beach Florida

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

If you have an hour or two to spare during your time in Flagler Beach and you’d like to take a nice walk or bike ride, Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park has some beautiful forests and marshlands to explore. This former plantation and sugar mill were destroyed in the 1836 Second Seminole War. Now there are 6.8 miles of scenic trails leading to the ruins, as well as picnic spots and an interpretive center.

You can also see the plantation by boat or canoe, or bring a rod & reel to catch some dinner off the docks. The park is open only Thursday through Monday from 9am until 5pm, and the cost to enter is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicycles.

Flagler Beach Historical Museum

The Flagler Beach Historical Museum is in the heart of this historic seaside community, just one block west of the fishing pier. The museum has an established collection of prehistoric, Native American and colonial plantation artifacts, as well as items and images from the town’s roaring 20’s and WWII encounters with German subs. More recently, the museum displays are featuring local surf legends, severe weather events, and critters and creatures which have paid them a visit.

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm, and admission to the museum is free.

Flagler Beachfront Winery

If you love wine, there’s a great little upscale winery right on the oceanfront in Flagler Beach. Flagler Beachfront Winery has several wines that are made right on site, as well as wines from across the United States. And, on a hot Florida day, sit back on their patio facing the ocean and try their Wine Slushie!!

Flagler Beachfront Winery in Flagler Beach Florida

The White Orchid Inn and Spa

Are you in need of some pampering after a year of 2020 Covid stress? Restore your mind and body with a spa day at The White Orchid Inn & Spa. This spa is perfect, from the moment you walk in and all through each service. See all of the services listed and book your appointment here.

Surf Lessons

If you’ve never surfed and would love to learn, book instructions with Flagler Surf Lessons . The company is owned and operated by a Flagler Beach local who has over 30 years of experience with surfing. And, if you already know how to surf, but came to Flagler Beach without your board, you can rent one here.

Have a Beachy Cocktail

Pop into either Finn’s or The Golden Lion for some fresh tropical cocktails, a little good conversation, and fresh sea air!

FinnGolden Lion Flagler Beach Florida

Fishing Charter

Take your fishing experience to the open waters with a fishing charter. Captain Rob with Flagler Fishing Charters will take you to the best spots, and he makes it a fun day for all ages and every level of skill!

Search for Dolphins on the Intracoastal

Rent a boat for a day and take a ride down the intracoastal. Don’t be surprised if you look alongside of you and find a family of dolphins cruising along with you.

A canal off the intracoastal in Flagler Beach FloridaFlagler Beach boat ride with dolphinsRelaxing boat ride on the Florida Intracoastal in Flagler BeachDolphins swimming along with our boat in Flagler Beach Florida

Take a Drive to Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is only a 30 minute drive down A1A from Flagler Beach.

Drive ON the Beach

Have you ever wanted to take a drive on the beach? Well, in Daytona you can drive right on the beach and not worry about getting stuck!

Are You a NASCAR Fan?

A famous spot in Daytona is the Daytona Beach International Speedway. This famous raceway has been the host for hundreds of races, including NASCAR’s Daytona 500. They have daily one-hour tours that leave about every 45 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the last tour at 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 5-12, and kids under 5 years of age are free.

They also offer a VIP Tour that lasts about 2.5 hours. This tour gives you exclusive access to the NASCAR Archives, the Hall of Fame, and the press Box. Ticket prices for this tour are $45 per person.

Visit Dive Bars

Daytona is famous for its partying and dive bars. Leave the driving to someone else and do a Dive Bar Bus Crawl.

Paddle Boarding

Go paddle boarding with manatee and dolphins.

Annual Festivals and Events

Plan a trip around one of Flagler Beach’s festivals and events, or since Daytona Beach is the festival capital of Florida, plan a visit during one of Daytona’s festivals and events.

Best Time to Visit

The Florida heat can sometimes be completely unbearable, but if you have a nice ocean breeze, it’s not quite so bad. Flagler Beach has balmy temperatures and a sultry summer breeze from June through October, and the ocean is the perfect temperature! The only problem with the Summer is that you have to keep an eye on the hurricane weather maps.

My favorite time for anywhere in Florida, though, is anything BUT the Summer! The temperatures are much cooler in the Spring, Fall and Winter!

Where to Stay

Salty Kisses Seaside Condo

Just a few steps away from the beach and the Municipal Pier is the Salty Kisses SeaSide Condo. In fact, everything you’ll need is within walking distance to this cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo. It has a community heated pool, laundry facilities, beach chairs, and a storage unit for your surfboard, fishing poles, and rafts. Check it out on Airbnb .

Michael and I enjoying our stay in Flagler Beach

Si Como No Inn

The Si Como No Inn is snuggled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal. This is an old Florida island style hotel that is family and pet friendly. Although it’s an older property, the grounds and rooms are very well maintained. The walk to the beach takes just a few minutes.

The hotel rents kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, beach chairs and bicycles. On site is also a great little Tiki Hut with a BBQ grill.

White Orchid B&B

For a little “adults-only” splurge, book a room with a view at the White Orchid Inn & Spa. This oceanfront Inn has on-site spa services, a heated pool, and luxurious rooms. Included with your rooms is a full breakfast, wine & appetizers in the afternoon, bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas, and internet. This is the perfect getaway for a romantic weekend!

For all other accommodations in Flagler Beach, including hotels, B&B’s and rental properties, go to Booking.com. For more information on reserving lodging, see my post on finding and booking accommodations.

Where to Eat & Drink

Flagler Fish Company

For some of the freshest seafood in a casual atmosphere, head to the Flagler Fish Company. Choosing your meal is a little different here as you choose your fresh fish from a display case.

Don’t worry if there’s a wait, and there more than likely will be one, they have some fantastic cocktails that you can bring outside to enjoy while you wait.

Fried Green Tomatoes at Flagler Fish Company


Just south of the Municipal Pier is Tortuga’s Florida Kitchen and Bar. This is another great place for fresh seafood with a Caribbean twist. They also serve a fantastic hand-squeezed margarita! Tortugas has beautiful views of the Atlantic from its top deck, and live entertainment from Wednesday through Sunday.

Tortugas has a Happy Hour from Monday through Thursday, from 3pm to 6pm.

Faro Beachside Eatery

Right across from the beach on A1A you’ll find some really excellent Italian food at Faro Beachside Eatery. The pizza dough and bread are all made from scratch, and their creative meals are a mix of local produce and imported delicacies.

Faro has a full bar with happy hour Monday through Friday from 2pm-5pm.

Faro Flagler Beach Florida

How to Get to Flagler Beach

There are 2 International airports you can fly into to get to Flagler Beach:

  • Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), 28 miles from Flagler Beach
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), 66 miles from Flagler Beach

Daytona is the closest airport, and it’s probably where you’ll find the best prices. See how to get the best deals on flights.

Once you arrive, you’ll need a rental car to get to and around Flagler Beach. See my tips and tricks for renting a car.

Watch This

I’m a big movie buff, so when I’m in a new city I like to find out what movies or television shows were filmed there. There have not been any movies shot in Flagler Beach, but there have been quite a few filmed in Daytona, just 30 minutes south of Flagler. Check out “Days of Thunder” with Tom Cruise as a NASCAR driver, or a really great movie called “Monster”. In Monster, the beautiful Charlize Theron is actually unrecognizable. She plays a former prostitute turned murderer who was executed in Florida in 2002. Ms. Theron won the Academy Award for her role.

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