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Daytona Beach Visitors Guide – Florida

Steeped with history the name Daytona Beach is know the world over. Probably most famous for its association with motor sports it is often considered one of the birth places of modern day American Motor racing.

Although most will know of the Daytona International Raceway and its long sandy beaches, Daytona Beach is actually a city in its own right. Located in the north east of Florida on I-95 the city area lies between the interstate highway and the inter-coastal waterway. The beaches of Daytona and Daytona Beach Shores are located further east accessed by crossing over the many inter-coastal bridges.

The History of motors sports runs deep within the city and originates from racing conducted along the miles of hard packed flat sands. Still to this day you can drive on the beach although this is now only for parking purposes. With the growing popularity of the motor racing taking place on the beach the Daytona International speedway was born and from then racing was conducted at the opal circuit. As it stands today the speedway is one of the most famous in the world, probably second only to the Indianapolis Speedway. The Oval circuit plays host to some of Americas largest annual racing events including the Daytona 500 NASCAR race and the Rolex 24hr Sports cars events.

Daytona Beach - TravelammoThe majority of visitors, unless attending a sporting event, are drawn to the city by the Beaches and the ease of access, warm waters and local attractions. Its these features that bring  tourists in by the millions annually. The ability to park on the beach makes it one of Florida’s most accessible beaches and the freedom of having you car to hand for provisions is also a plus. It also means there is always somewhere to park and is quiet a novelty to be able to drive on the sands, something not possible most places.

Visit the Pier and dine at Joe’s Crab Shack

Central to the beach is a small Pier and Boardwalk which is home to a handful of amenities and restaurants including Joe’s Crab Shack and Pizza King along with several amusements and snack shops. North of the Boardwalk there are a selection of thrill rides including Ferris Wheel, Coasters and Bungee Slings.

As with most beaches in Florida, there are many areas on and around the sands which are home to delicate protected wildlife and plant life. Daytona is no exception to this and with the ability to drive on the beach please pay attention to the signs and avoid and protect areas which are marked, especially areas of nesting Turtles.

Helpful Tips:

    • Access to the beach parking is located regularly between the beach front hotels, look for the signs along the A1A.
    • All beach parking is South of the pier.

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