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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 Airport or 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
The price is $118 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Located in Brush - Stewarts, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping center, just steps from Ocean Center, Daytona Beach Boardwalk, and Daytona Lagoon ...
3.9/5Good! (2,468 reviews)
"The only issue that we had was that the A/C on the room didn't work properly. The room was warm"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
The Shores Resort & Spa
The Shores Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2637 S Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Daytona Beach Shores, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 1 mi (1.7 km) from Oceans Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ocean ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,255 reviews)
"To put it as simple and as helpful as possible. Location- Great Staff- Great Rooms- Clean Azure Restaurant- Food and Service was good Hotel look- Needs TLC, Definitely needs paint and maybe fix some cracked areas. Elevators- Need updating as they make noise and shake a little when you’re in them. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

The Shores Resort & Spa
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
4 out of 5
918 N Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL
The price is $143 per night from May 11 to May 12
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,954 reviews)
"Loved the staff! So much to do on the property! Only concern is walls are paper thin so noise from other rooms carried. Otherwise love the Hard Rock’"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

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.
Daytona Beach Resort
Daytona Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
2700 North Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
The price is $139 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Nestled on the beach, this Ortona Park aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Andy Romano Beachfront Park and Beach at Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Boardwalk and ...
3.9/5Good! (2,651 reviews)
"Parking garage was very acsessable, check in time of 4:00p.m. was rerrible for the price of the rooms"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Daytona Beach Resort
Legacy Vacation Resorts Palm Coast
Legacy Vacation Resorts Palm Coast
3 out of 5
98 Palm Coast Resort Blvd, Palm Coast, FL
The price is $113 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
This family-friendly Palm Coast condo resort is located in a state park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Palm Harbor Golf Club and Linear Park. Jungle Hut Park Beach and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (827 reviews)
"Although the Condo was a bit dated, it was clean and well maintained. The Pool, Gym and other amenities were perfect. Very friendly and helpful Staff."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Legacy Vacation Resorts Palm Coast
Beach Quarters Daytona
Beach Quarters Daytona
3 out of 5
3711 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
The price is $98 per night from May 13 to May 14
This Ocean View Halifax Estates aparthotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sunglow Pier, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum ...
2.8/5 (91 reviews)
"My wife and I had an amazing time here! The staff is so friendly and courteous and any favors we need they took care of us. The other guests at the hotel were great and the ocean front view is beautiful. We loved having the balcony and kitchen in our unit. We will definitely stay here when we come ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Beach Quarters Daytona
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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Reviews of Daytona Beach

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 39.73040085136573%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.083008158921604%
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2 - Disappointing 2.447676481021639%
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1 - Terrible 0.8158921603405463%

4/5 - Good

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Jun 6, 2020

We love Daytona Beach but Sad to see so many dilapidated boarded up oceanfront hotels and properties. Driving on beach is too expensive also.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

Not crowded, clean, everyone is super friendly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Outside of the immediate beach area is a little run down and unkept. Traveling down A1A towards Flagler and Ormond Beach was worth the drive.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

The parking is horrible

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Everyone is doing social distance, maintaining clean and disinfected rooms and areas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Krispy Kreme is close❤❤

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