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Daytona Beach

Florida

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Fast and Furious

When you hear “Daytona,” a family beach vacation may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Though the Daytona 500 is the area’s biggest event, the beach itself is paradise for many families who have no plans to visit the speedway.

The beachfront’s unusual hard-packed sand allows vehicles to drive over it, which is why it was popular with the likes of Henry Ford in its early days. But nowadays, the beach draws crowds more interested in its 23 miles of fun, lively atmosphere and sunny weather.

Dining and Activities

Though it has a bit of a reputation as a wild Spring Break destination, Daytona Beach is also the ideal place for a family vacation, and it has plenty of draws for the little ones.

Head to the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, where a roller coaster, Ferris wheel and go-karts will get the thrill-seekers among you excited. Along the beach, you can find jungle gyms, water parks and ice cream shops.

For a good sit-down meal, head to Joe’s Crab Shack on Main Street Pier, offering seafood and beach-inspired cocktails along with great views of sand and surf.

Out to Sea

When it’s time to hit the water, give paddle-boarding or kayaking a try; if you’re more adventurous, opt for surfing or parasailing. The water is perfect for a leisurely swimming session.

Feel like changing spots? No big deal—this beach goes on for miles and miles, and no matter how many times you return, you’ll almost certainly discover something new. Enjoy!

Daytona Beach at a Glance

City:Daytona Beach

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:23 miles

Access:By car, taxi, bus, on foot

Best time to visit:March to May

High Season:December to May

Low Season:June to November

Facilities:

  • Restaurants, bars, nightlife
  • Chair and umbrella rental
  • Lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Daytona 500, Spring Break, Daytona Beach International Festival

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