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Daytona Beach - Great Day Out! - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Daytona Beach is one of Florida’s most popular east coast beaches and spans for approximately 23 miles along the eastern coast of central Florida. It is simply a must if you want to experience a totally different style beach from those you may have experienced.

What makes it different, well for one, it is permitted to drive and park right on the beach. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the comforts of having everything at hand in the vehicle and set out their chairs, loungers, umbrellas or beach towels right next to their car or van. Why not rent a beach buggy and cruise the long beach front. We would suggest you take a beach umbrella and chairs on your visit.

If you enjoy riding the waves, or rolling, crashing waves, this is the place! The smooth, white sand and riding waves makes this a premier spot for surfing. The water’s edge has packed but gentle slopes into the water. Lifeguards are on hand along the beach should anyone need their assistance.

There are also a host of water activities, such as jet skiing, windsurfing, windsurfing, boating or parasailing, and of course, swimming. There are also some tranquil boat rides in the area for those looking for a quieter outing. From the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax River, anglers have an abundance of opportunities for year round fishing.

This is one beach where driving is permitted on this beach in certain areas, allowing you to drive your vehicle right along the ocean’s edge. Many bring their food coolers packed with a picnic lunch and ice cold drinks. There are also food stands where you can buy hot dogs or ice cream and the boardwalk’s amusement park provides thrilling rides and games. You will, however, have to walk over to these.

Daytona Beach also encompasses some back to nature preserves and historical attractions and museums as well as venues for the cultural arts. The area also provides many tourist shops and restaurants, mini-golf or a round of golf on one of its golf courses. The LPGA International is a premier 18 hole golf course offering excellent golfing.

Daytona is also home of the famous Daytona International Speedway where the Daytona 500 NASCAR race is held each year where speeds of up to 200 miles per hour are commonplace.

Daytona also hosts its world famous Bike Week, which normally takes place during the first 10 days of March. The streets are packed with leather-clad bikers, riding their customized Harley motorcycles. Spring Break, an annual event not to be missed by the young at heart, is another time of year which brings college students from across the county to the world’s most famous beach. They celebrate their break from academics and focus mainly on the center of town, leaving many of the other surrounding beaches mostly unaffected.

Where you’re looking for a water sports filled day or a busy and active venue to sunbathe, Daytona Beach offers you a fantastic day out. The speed limit on the beach is extremely low and regulated, however, parents with very young children may prefer the beach of Flagler Beach to the north where driving is only permitted along the road and in parking lots, and the beaches are quite tranquil and quiet.

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