Nearby airport info: the closest airport is Daytona Beach (DAB) about 30 minutes from my shop, next closest is Orlando/Sanford (SFB) about 45 minutes, and Orlando International (MCO) is about an hour. DAB is a smaller airport and very easy to get in and out of, with very little wait time for check-in or security when you are flying out of here (this is nice if you have an afternoon flight on the last day of class, you won’t have to leave the class so early). MCO is a huge airport and there can be long wait times to get through security, get a rental car, etc, and the roads/traffic are very busy around this airport, although it is easy to get here from my shop. SFB is between the other two in size, and is very easy to get in and out of traffic-wise, but the time through check-in and security is longer like MCO.
Nearby lodging info: There are a lot of motels, B&B’s, and other accomodations in the areas near my shop – Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Daytona Beach – also many restaurants and other interesting things all around this area. My shop is in Edgewater, and is just 10 minutes from most motels in New Smyrna Beach, and within ½ hour from most of the motels and restaurants in and around Port Orange and Daytona Beach. There are a number of bridges in New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach that cross over the Intracoastal Waterway to the barrier islands along the ocean, and there are lots of motels along these beach and oceanfront areas also.
Here are a couple of the closest local motels in Edgewater: Best Western Inn, 1730 S. Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater FL 32132 (386)427-7101, and All Suite Motel, 335 N. Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater FL 32132 (386)427-0400.
We have stayed in both these motels – the Best Western is a new modern motel, but the prices can go up on weekends and during other popular tourist times, so make sure you ask them about that. All Suite Motel is a nice older motel, each room is a suite, and cost is around $70/night and $420/week year-round, except during big events like Nascar and Bike Week, etc (I always try to schedule class dates away from these events to help keep motel costs down).
One of the lowest-cost options is using www.Airbnb.com. There are a number of houses, suites, rooms, etc available on AirBnB for booking a stay in and near Edgewater that are very nice, and these have worked very well for people to stay in.
Rental car info:Most people coming to our classes rent a car from the airport vendors, but some people use Uber to get around, which often ends up running less than renting a car.