If you’re looking for your Florida beach to come with a bit of something extra, then Daytona Beach should be top of your list.
For those who love nothing more than kicking back on holiday, there are 23 miles of golden sand on Daytona Beach to enjoy the warm Floridian sunshine on, build sandcastles with the children and relax. But, if slow days aren’t really for you, Daytona is much more than just sand and sea.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk & Pier fringes the beach and is packed with things to do for when you’ve had your fill of sand in your toes. You’ll find shops, restaurants, bars, arcades, rides and lots of entertainment for the whole family, so there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied well into the evening.
Daytona Beach is also known as the Festival Capital of Florida, with over 60 different festivals held throughout the year here. There are festivals for everything from food and drink, arts, culture and sport covered, so check to see what’s on before you arrive so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.
“You can find your perfect spot across the 23 miles of golden sands and hunker down with a good book while the children play on the playgrounds and at the beachfront splash parks; get competitive in a family game of volleyball, or venture into the waters for surfing or kayaking..”
1. Drive on Daytona Beach
Thanks to the wide beaches and hard, packed sand, you can drive your car right onto Daytona Beach. It’s one of those iconic things you just have to do when visiting and the children will love the experience! It costs $20 for the whole day so you can enjoy everything Daytona Beach has to offer, while still getting plenty of driving in. If you don’t have a hire car, you can rent a golf cart for the day so you don’t miss out on any of the beach driving fun.
2. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Florida has more than 1,800 miles of coastline, so that means there are a lot of lighthouses – currently there are 30 of them dotted along the coast. The tallest of those is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, it’s open to the public and well worth a visit for the beautiful vistas. Climb the 53-metre tower to the top – that’s 203 steps – for spectacular views of Ponce Inlet and across Daytona Beach.
3. Daytona International Speedway
You couldn’t possibly visit Daytona Beach without stopping by Daytona International Speedway. Home of US motorsport, you can get first-hand experience of how the track feels from behind the steering wheel of a race car, with a NASCAR Racing Experience, for those who want a thrilling ride. There are lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy, such as the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and picking a spot in the crowd to watch a real race.
4. Perfect your swing
Daytona Beach is known for its fantastic golf facilities, and golfers here will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a course to tee off on. There are more than 20 golf courses in the area, including the Arthur Hills and Rees Jones-designed LPGA International, which has been the home of the LPGA Tour since 1994, so book in for a round or two while on holiday.
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