Since its announcement in 2017, Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach, Florida has changed the meaning of active adult community. Homeowners moved into the community in 2018, and since then they’ve had nothing but good things to say. Even without the planned amenities at their disposal, early-residents of the Jimmy Buffett-inspired community created the lifestyle they wanted.
Now, the real fun begins. Last Saturday, June 8, Minto hosted its amenity center grand opening for residents and the public alike. Parrotheads were treated to tours of new amenities as well as two bands, dancing, stilt walkers, games, and giveaways. Visitors were also able to tour the model homes set up in the community.
Recently-built amenities on display at the event were the bandshell, state-of-the-art Fins Up! Fitness Center, the zero-entry Paradise Pool, cabanas, tiki huts, tennis, and pickleball courts, and walking trails. Also opening on Saturday was the Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant, and the Changes in Altitude Bar.
“It’s really impressive. They are not finishing out the entire campus but what was unveiled this weekend is going to be a home run for the residents. The pool is a true resort-style pool with an island cabana area that you need to cross a small bridge to get to, full bar set up for drinks and food and a state of the art fitness center to stay active," said local expert Cameron Munro.
While there was tons of fun on Saturday, residents can still expect plenty more resort-style amenities to open in the coming months and years. Soon to open is the Workin’ N’ Playin’ Arts Center, Coconut Telegraph Business Center, and Last Mango Theater, which will host shows, dances, and banquets. These join the already built amenities of the Barkaritaville Dog Park and Barkaritaville Pet Spa.
There's also the much anticipated beach club still to come. The club will be private to homeowners and located on one of the nearby beaches. When completed, the community will provide shuttle service to the club, so getting there will be easy. Located at the club will be a pool, cabana, bar, and front row seats to the picturesque Atlantic Ocean.
So, what will these newest amenities mean for the community's development over the next year? According to Munro, the already popular community will see an increase in interest.
"The two biggest attractions to Latitude Margaritaville Dayton Beach(LMBD) now is that amenities are there for residents at the very early stages of its inception. Residents are not waiting years for the clubhouse to be built. And it’s all at a very affordable price. Homeowners' associations are very competitive with the surrounding communities and LMDB hasn’t even begun the construction of their beach club yet! That’s going to make it even more attractive."