Daytona BeachUnited States of America

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Sunbathe, surf, swim and even drive on this city’s lengthy strip of tightly packed sand, which is bordered by an arcade, hotel and restaurant-lined boardwalk.

Known by motorsports enthusiasts the world over, Daytona Beach is the setting for the annual Daytona 500 and numerous other racing events. Learn about the area’s racing heritage and enjoy the fun family activities of the 23-mile (37-kilometer) long beach.

The city really came to be known beginning in the early 20th century, when car and motorbike races began to be staged on its wide, sandy beach, known as Daytona Beach. In 1959, NASCAR, who are headquartered in the city, built the Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course. Cars are still allowed to drive on certain parts of the beach today. Pay a fee to drive on the sand in designated areas; be aware that a speed limit of 10 mph (16 kmph) is in place.

The beach is not the only unusual drive-in experience available in town. Get behind the wheel and pull up to the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church, tune your radio into the requested frequency and witness a church service without leaving your vehicle.

It is also possible to visit the beach on foot too, of course. Watch locals play volleyball games, swim in the Atlantic and enjoy food at one of the beachfront bars. Avoid the designated driving areas for a quieter beach experience.

To find out more about Daytona Beach’s motorsports history, head to Halifax Historical Museum. Exhibits here include everything from antique racing-related memorabilia to Native American artifacts. Culture-loving visitors will also enjoy the acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography and the Museum of Arts & Sciences, which features everything from a Cuban art collection to a planetarium.

Among the best times of the year to visit Daytona Beach are during the Speedweeks racing events. The Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 events, also draw big crowds eager to see the action.

Find Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida, about 51 miles (82 kilometers) northeast of Orlando. Fly into Daytona Beach International Airport or ride buses from other major Florida cities. Buses and trolleys operate around the city.

Where to stay in Daytona Beach

Riverfront Veterans Memorial Park.    A grate view and a place for the kids to play
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South Daytona

You'll enjoy the beaches and live music in South Daytona. You might want to make time for a stop at Reed Canal Park or Melodie Park.

South Daytona
View from balcony - Daytona Beach - 19/10/2015
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East Daytona

4/5Very Good!(483 area reviews)

While visiting East Daytona, you might make a stop by sights like Beach at Daytona Beach and Daytona Playhouse.

East Daytona
Excuse the picture quality. I only had my phone on me due to Florida summer spontaneous down pours, and it had been raining on and off all day. During the summer the Bandshells has free tribute concerts and fireworks on Saturday nights.  If you happen to be visiting the area, stop by for a good time, and great music. They have a tremendous lineup for the summer. Check it out ⬇️

https://www.daytonabeach.com/events/music/bandshell-concerts/
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Brush - Stewarts

4/5Very Good!(197 area reviews)

While visiting Brush - Stewarts, you might make a stop by sights like Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Ocean Center.

Brush - Stewarts
Daytona Beach featuring general coastal views and a beach

Hodgmans Daytona

3/5(33 area reviews)

While visiting Hodgmans Daytona, you might make a stop by sights like Halifax Harbor Marina and Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach.

Hodgmans Daytona
Hilton hotel in Daytona beach
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South Peninsula Historic District

4/5Very Good!(95 area reviews)

While visiting South Peninsula Historic District, you might make a stop by sights like Lilian Place Historic House and First Presbyterian Church.

South Peninsula Historic District
Sunrise in Ormond.
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River

While visiting River, you might make a stop by sights like Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center and Ormond Mound.

River

Top Hotels in Daytona Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
4 out of 5
918 N Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL
$127
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in East Daytona, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Beach at Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Boardwalk. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,369 reviews)

"This is my go-to spot every time I come to Daytona Beach. The staff is always welcoming, the rooms are always clean. The beds are comfy, pillows are heavenly, shower is amazing. You ocean view is beautiful. It's real nice to wake up in the morning and see the sun rise, sip on coffee, while sitting ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
$109
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Offering direct access to the beach, this Brush - Stewarts hotel is connected to a shopping center, steps from Ocean Center and Daytona Beach Boardwalk. Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,093 reviews)

"It had a gorgeous view of ocean and it a very clean place"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Perry's Ocean Edge Resort
Perry's Ocean Edge Resort
2.5 out of 5
2209 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
$99
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Melinda Cook, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Congo River Golf - Daytona Beach and Beach at ...

4/5Very Good! (2,029 reviews)

"Perry’s resort was incredible. Staff very friendly, view was extraordinary! Very clean rooms! Can’t wait to come again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Perry's Ocean Edge Resort

Popular things to do in Daytona Beach

New Smyrna Beach
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New Smyrna Beach

4.5/5(1,221 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at New Smyrna Beach, a popular beach in New Smyrna Beach. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Daytona International Speedway
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Daytona International Speedway

4.5/5(1,329 reviews)

Whether you’re a casual observer or a diehard racing fan, this speedway is the go-to destination for adrenaline-filled entertainment.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk
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Daytona Beach Boardwalk

4/5(1,990 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Daytona Beach when you make a stop at a top site like Daytona Beach Boardwalk. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunrises in this family-friendly area.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

4.5/5(264 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a well-known college in Daytona Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

Ocean Center
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Ocean Center

4/5(353 reviews)

After visiting Ocean Center, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Daytona Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunrises in this family-friendly area.

Beach at Daytona Beach
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Beach at Daytona Beach

4.5/5(2,387 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Beach at Daytona Beach, a popular beach in Daytona Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside or attend a sporting event.

Top activities in Daytona Beach

Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets
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Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
$119
Per adult
Daytona Inshore Fishing
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Daytona Inshore Fishing

100% of travellers recommend
$100
Per adult
Operation City Quest of Clearwater, FL
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Operation City Quest of Clearwater, FL

$10
Per adult
One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Daytona Beach, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Daytona Beach, FL

$3
Per adult
Phony Art Studio
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Phony Art Studio

$25
Per adult
Get back on Santa's Good List
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Get back on Santa's Good List

$25
Per adult

Reviews of Daytona Beach

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1087
5 - Excellent 42.1972049689441%
4 - Good
1048
4 - Good 40.683229813664596%
3 - Okay
358
3 - Okay 13.897515527950311%
2 - Disappointing
63
2 - Disappointing 2.4456521739130435%
1 - Terrible
20
1 - Terrible 0.7763975155279503%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Can’t drive on as much of it as you used to, not very much at all, no boardwalk to speak of, not much to do anymore.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Love Daytona Beach

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

The area is getting run down. Several shops and gas stations are closed and boarded up. Most of the boardwalk no longer has any buildings left. It appears to be an era gone by...rather sad.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Motorcycles everywhere be careful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

The beaches are great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Great trip with my husband!!

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