Known around the world for its 23 miles of sparkling, wide open beaches, the Daytona Beach area has been a popular vacation destination for travelers for more than a century.
Whether your perfect day at the beach includes a game of volleyball, sand castle building or relaxing and reading a book, you can easily do it all here. The area’s beaches provide visitors a fun, ocean park atmosphere complete with friendly vendors offering an array of recreational activities including parasailing, boogie boarding, banana boat rides, sea kayaking and surfing lessons. The hard-packed sands of the area’s beaches make driving possible on 11 of its 23 miles, which makes beach cruiser, scooter and ATV rentals a favorite activity among visitors. In addition, beach vendors are on-hand throughout the day selling refreshments, snacks, sunscreen and more.
Comprised of several small coastal communities, each with their own unique character and charm, the Daytona Beach area begins at Ormond By-The-Sea, and ends at the area’s southernmost tip in the Town of Ponce Inlet. Together, these communities offer visitors a wide selection of shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife options -- from cozy waterfront eateries featuring live music to quaint downtown historic districts offering fine dining, boutiques, galleries, dance clubs and pubs. >Boaters will find the area’s scenic stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway a great way to explore the area and experience each of these communities.
The area’s cultural offerings are stellar and include an array of acclaimed museums and festivals. The Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Southeast Museum of Photography are both located in Daytona Beach. Recognized as the American summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra, the area hosts the renowned orchestra biennially during the Daytona Beach International Festival. The area’s other major cultural festivals include the Daytona Beach Winterfest classical music extravaganza and the Halifax Art Festival.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the area’s pristine state parks such as Tomoka State Park and Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, both in Ormond Beach. While there, visitors can enjoy canoeing/kayaking, birding and camping.
Visitors also won’t want to miss visits to Florida’s tallest lighthouse - Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station & Museum, or the Marine Science Center and the always fun Daytona Lagoon waterpark.
For more information about the Daytona Beach area, visit www.DaytonaBeach.com. Information and Photo Provided By Tangela Boyd, Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau