If you are visiting Daytona, it's probably because you have heard about the world's most famous beach and the renowned race in NASCAR, the Daytona 500, but there is so much more to explore. Here are some tips on what to see and do.
There's nothing more charming than the Atlantic coast in Florida. Daytona Beach comprises 23 miles of white- sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise water that invites you to dip in for a swim.
Known for its hard-packed sand, the beach offers access to cars in some areas and it is the perfect kind of sand for walks or bike rides to watch the sunset – check out some of the bike rental houses to embrace the experience.
At Daytona Beach, there's always something to do. Play some volleyball in the sand or try out some of the watersports, such as paddle boarding, jet ski or even take a tour to see dolphins and manatees.
Make sure you take a stroll down the beach street filled with shops, restaurants offering delicious seafood and souvenir shops selling all the essentials to make your day at the beach memorable.
Views & entertainment
In the evening, explore the boardwalk and the pier. You will find arcade games, rides and street food for a night of full entertainment. Make sure you hop on the Sand Blaster rollercoaster – it is one of the classics of all times.
If you are traveling with children, Daytona Lagoon is another place you must check out. This water park features laser tag games, go-karts, pools, and a mini-golf. Your kids will love it!
Elsewhere, take your time to visit the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light House. The red brick 175-foot tower can be climbed to the top, offering amazing views of the coast, so make sure to bring your camera with you. Later you can check out the gift shop filled with memorabilia objects.
The race tracks
If you are a cars fanatic, you must pop by the International Speedway track. The venue offers three kinds of tours and here's what to expect.
The 30-minute tour takes you to the open-air trams and you can see the Daytona 500 last year's champion car. The 90-minute tour gives you special access to the track and other parts of the speedway, while the Vip tour includes going through the archives. These two tours allow visitors to get closer to sectors that are not included in the basic tour.
After each of them, you can stop by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America showing displays of different motorsports such as stock cars and sports cars.
Keep in mind that tours can't be bought in advance and work on a first come, first-serve basis. Make sure you check their calendar before getting there.
Good to know
In the summer, the Daytona beach hosts a Summer concert series every Saturday evening. At the end there are fireworks.
The Daytona Flea & Farmers Market on Bellevue Avenue is a great place to go shopping and bargain hunting. It is opened from Friday to Sunday.