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Daytona Beach City Guide - From Beaches to NASCAR® to Disc Golf

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While Daytona Beach may be best known for attracting students looking to blow off steam during Spring Break, it has plenty to offer visitors year-round. There are 23 miles of beaches that run alongside the sun-dappled waters of the Atlantic Ocean, exciting NASCAR races, and beachside concerts. Whether you like sunrise strolls or sunset drinks with ocean views, Daytona Beach has something for you.

Pick a beach

 

There are several beaches in the area, each with its own personality. Daytona Beach itself is where you'll want to go if you're looking for sun and fun, while New Smyrna is known for surfing. For quiet ocean side musings, you can take an early morning stroll on Ormond Beach and look for protected nests of endangered sea turtles. Keep a close eye on kids on all beaches - many allow people to drive on the sands, and waves can get rough. The earlier you hit the shore, the better your chances of avoiding crowds and afternoon thunderstorms.

 

On the boardwalk

 

If you're in search of activities but hesitant to head indoors, there's plenty to do along the shoreline. You can hit up Daytona Beach Boardwalk where you can have a blast playing arcade games, riding the roller coaster, or racing go-karts. The boardwalk's Ferris wheel offers sweeping views of the Atlantic. Come evening, you can grab your beach chairs, and relax with scenic blue skies and live music at the Daytona Beach Bandshell. Built in 1937, the venue resembles a giant sandcastle and hosts free outdoor concerts, but you'll want to check their website for dates.

 

  • Daytona Beach Boardwalk, 12 N Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach 32118; Tel: +1 386 253 0254; Website: Daytona Beach Boardwalk
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  • Daytona Beach Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach 32118; Tel: +1 386 671 8250; Website: Daytona Beach Bandshell

 

By land or sea

 

Daytona International Speedway hosts several exciting events each year, from the renowned Daytona 500 to lesser-known car shows and motorbike races. Ask the locals about current events, which aren't always listed on the track's website. You can also tour the speedway, where you can take a ride on the racecourse and admire memorabilia, including antique race cars. For those looking to get on the water, many charters are available for fishing excursions. Phillips Bros. Fishing Charters gives you the option of offshore or inshore fishing, the latter of which is favored by locals who cast for snook, redfish, and tarpon.

 

 

Daytona Beach day trips

 

Blue Spring State Park is a 40-minute drive and attracts travellers from around the world. In winter months, you can watch hundreds of manatees and their calves graze in the crystalline blue waters. When manatees aren't there, you can swim in the springs, which are 72 degrees F (22 C) year-round. The park stays busy, so plan to arrive as soon as it opens or you could wait hours to get in. Alternatively, you can drive roughly 1 hour to historic St. Augustine and explore Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S.

 

  • Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City 32763; Tel: +1 386 775 3663; Website: Blue Spring State Park
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  • Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine 32084; Tel: +1 904 829 6506 x227; Website: Castillo de San Marcos

 

Tee time

 

Those looking to avoid sand can tee off at one of Daytona Beach's myriad golf courses. You can enjoy a day on the greens at 1 of LPGA International's 2 courses, both of which have received 4 stars from Golf Digest. If disc golf is your game, you can practice your forehand amid the Spanish moss and canals of Tuscawilla Disc Golf Course.

 

  • LPGA International, 1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach 32124; Tel: +1 386 274 5742; Website: LPGA International
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  • Tuscawilla Disc Golf Park, W International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach 32114; Website: Tuscawilla Disc Golf Park