Daytona Beach, FL

Travel Guide
Daytona Beach featuring general coastal views and a beach
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 Airportor ride buses from other major Florida cities. Buses and trolleys operate around the city.

Where to stay in Daytona Beach

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
100 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $132 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 4 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,886 reviews)
"The carpet in the room was not clean. Also, the parking lot was across the street and costs an additional fare of $30. That was a bad surprise."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort
Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
422 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $139 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (938 reviews)

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
4 out of 5
918 N Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $169 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,680 reviews)
"I would recommend this hotel and will stay again in the future. It was a great stay."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sea Shells Beach Club
Sea Shells Beach Club
3 out of 5
1014 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $71 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (213 reviews)
Good Value
"My wife and I sayed for a long weekend recently. It is a great value in the market being on the beach and offering oceanview rooms. It does need some updating, however, such as a new coffee pot, refrigerator, etc..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Sea Shells Beach Club
Daytona Beach Resort
Daytona Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
2700 North Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $129 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,800 reviews)
"The Parking was a large issue. Finding a place to safely park. they need someone there to guide the parking. people would park and take up 2 parking spaces. they have a parking garage but it is not usable, so they were making use of an empty lot. however persons were parking blocking entrances or ..."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Daytona Beach Resort
Fountain Beach Resort
Fountain Beach Resort
2 out of 5
313 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL, 32118
The price is $85 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this beach aparthotel in Daytona Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (721 reviews)
"Wonderful and friendly staff. Tons of stuff within walking distance. Could rent beach carts right at the hotel. No hotel on the southside so you had a great view from all balconies. Next time I will rent a suite with 2 balconies. Can't say too much about the staff EVERYONE we interacted with was ..."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Fountain Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Daytona Beach

Driving is a fundamental aspect of the Daytona Beach civic identity, so it is probably no surprise that the city is built for cars. Rent one at the airport, or choose from one of the rental businesses located in the downtown area. Alternatively, travel by taxi, booking in advance online or over the phone. Visit the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority website.Browse Daytona Beach rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you are interested in motor racing, you simply must visit Daytona Beach during the Speedweeks, a series of racing events held each January and February. The iconic Daytona 500 race is the highlight. The drawbacks of visiting at this time of year are that the city becomes very crowded and room rates shoot up. Consider visiting between March and May instead if you are trying to save money.

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