Daytona BeachUnited States of America

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Visit Daytona 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

South Daytona
South Daytona, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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South Daytona

Known for Beaches, Family-friendly, Romantic

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.

East Daytona
East Daytona, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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East Daytona

4/5(11 reviews)

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

Hodgmans Daytona
Daytona Beach showing general coastal views and a beach

Hodgmans Daytona

If you're spending some time in Hodgmans Daytona, Daytona Beach Golf Club and Halifax Harbor Marina are top sights worth seeing.

Brush - Stewarts
Brush - Stewarts, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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Brush - Stewarts

4/5(2 reviews)

While visiting Brush - Stewarts, you might make a stop by sights like Ocean Walk Shoppes and Daytona Lagoon Waterpark.

South Peninsula Historic District
South Peninsula Historic District, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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South Peninsula Historic District

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

River
River, Ormond Beach, Florida, United States of America
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River

If you're spending some time in River, Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center and Ormond Mound are top sights worth seeing.

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
£115
per night
19 Dec-20 Dec

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! (1,224 reviews)

"I like the layout of the bar, restaurant, pool area, it feels separate and private yet close together for easy access."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

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
£97
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

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

4.1/5Very Good! (4,941 reviews)

"Beautiful property, beautiful location, conveniently located to many fun things to do, bars, eateries....its all there. Our room was nice and spacious. We got the large room facing the sunset. Starbucks on location was quick coffee and a snack. Would do this again."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Days Inn by Wyndham Daytona Oceanfront
Days Inn by Wyndham Daytona Oceanfront
2.5 out of 5
3357 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
£52
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Van Valzah hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dahlia Avenue Park and Beach at Daytona Beach. Sunglow Pier and Daytona Beach Drive-In Church ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,904 reviews)

"Excellent Service warm and friendly staff. Great location. Beach front rooms are awesome."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Daytona Oceanfront

Popular things to do in Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway
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Daytona International Speedway

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Explore the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a top university in Daytona Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or seek out the cycling trails.

Ocean Walk Shoppes
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Ocean Walk Shoppes

4/5(10 reviews)

With a visit to Ocean Walk Shoppes, a popular shopping spot in Daytona Beach, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Stroll along the seaside or discover the breathtaking sunrises in this family-friendly area.

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum
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Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum, a favourite museum in Ponce Inlet. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

New Smyrna Beach
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New Smyrna Beach

4/5(9 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at New Smyrna Beach, a popular beach in New Smyrna Beach. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk
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Daytona Beach Boardwalk

4/5(18 reviews)

When you visit Daytona Beach Boardwalk, a popular shopping spot in Daytona Beach, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Daytona Beach

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

£409

Enjoy the freedom to visit between 4 must-see Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks. Magic Kingdom® Park Experience the timeless enchantment of fantasy, adventure, and the promise of tomorrow. Epcot® Discover worlds of wonder, the power of imagination and a magnificent showcase of nations.

Daytona Inshore Fishing
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Daytona Inshore Fishing

£77

Chart a boat and cruise along the inshore backwaters of Halifax River, boasting an abundance of snook, redfish, tarpon, spotted sea trout, mangrove snapper, and even black drum. Your seasoned captain navigates the water with a steely eye, leading you to the best fishing hot spots.

Operation City Quest of Daytona Beach, FL
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Operation City Quest of Daytona Beach, FL

£8

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Daytona Beach, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Daytona Beach, FL

£2

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Phony Art Studio
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Phony Art Studio

£19

(4-14 player) Have you ever dreamt of a personal photo session. Me too. Did you ever think it could go wrong. Me neither. Roger, the “artist”, is not a real artist. He is a criminal. He is blackmailing you; he wants a ridiculous sum of money, USD50,000, for the negatives.

Zombie Scavengers Game - Daytona Beach, FL
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Zombie Scavengers Game - Daytona Beach, FL

£2

Itinerary Recommended starting location to start Zombie Scavengers. This is where you will begin your hunt to survive the zombie apocalypse. (Please start outside) Stop At: • Breakers Oceanfront Park, 13 South Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Reviews of Daytona Beach

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

Got to drive for miles down a pristine beach for $20 where you can also park up and go for a wander. In early Dec it was chilly so that might have added to it being deserted but it also added to the experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Oct 2019

We were there for just one reason, Biketoberfest which was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Oct 2019

Fantastic beach hard rock hotel in a perfect spot for the beach but not for roaming round the street area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Aug 2019

Beautiful place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Aug 2019

Nice place to visit great if you like the beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2019

Great place

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