The name says it all; this destination’s spectacular beach is its main attraction. The Daytona Beach, Florida, area, of course, is also known for the world-famous annual car race that it is home to: the Daytona 500.
The area’s magnificent beach runs 23 miles long and up to 500 feet wide at low tide. Of the 23 miles of beach, 11 miles allow driving and parking during the day and when the tide permits, thanks to hardened packed sand. The sand becomes softer as you move further inland from the waterline. Sand dunes in the area can reach as high as 25 feet.
Besides the Atlantic Ocean, the Daytona Beach area is surrounded by waterways including the Halifax and St. Johns rivers, so water fun is a big attraction here. Enjoy deep-sea fishing, kayaking and dolphin watching. Scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities include the Ponce de Leon Inlet Port Authority Artificial Reef Program. It features 28 artificial reefs that were constructed with the remains of ships, barges, airplanes and local demolished bridges.
Those for a “need for speed” can check out the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway and the "World Center of Racing." For more than four months of the year, the Speedway hosts high-speed events including the Daytona 500.
Anytime of year you can be a part of the Daytona 500 Experience, where you can find out more about the history of motorsports. Visitors can participate in numerous interactive attractions including racing simulator rides and the chance to design their own race car. There is also an IMAX presentation.
Other area attractions include the MarineScience Center, which includes sea turtle rehabilitation facilities, a seabird sanctuary, and a 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium. Other area museums include the Museumof Artsand Sciences, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and the Southeast Museum of Photography.
The area has a variety of shoppingincluding the Volusia Mall, which offers one square mile of retail therapy. The Daytona Beach Flea Market, held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, is one of the largest and most highly rated flea markets in the country. Riverfront Marketplace offers shopping, dining and museums in one spot along Beach Street and the few streets surrounding it in the downtown area. The Ocean Walk Shoppes at Ocean Walk Village is an oceanside shopping and entertainment complex with upscale eateries, boutiques and live entertainment.
Daytona BeachInternational Airportprovides scheduled air service to and from more than 150 destinations worldwide via Delta Air Lines and US Airways.
A rental car is the easiest way to get around the area, but VolusiaCounty's Public Transit System does offer regular bus service. Turn-of-the-century-style trolleys operate from mid January to Labor Day on Atlantic Avenue in the Greater Daytona Beach Area.
Daytona Beach’s average annual temperature is 70° F. The average water temperature is also 70° F. January temperatures can range between the mid 60s and low 70s during the day and the 50s at night. The temperature along the beach will usually be several degrees warmer than it is 15 miles inland.