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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Daytona Beach

1.'World Center of Racing' - There are plenty of things to be proud of and fueling the need for speed is an accomplishment we don’t mind bragging about. Legends of the sport began racing on our beaches in the early 1900’s and they continue racing towards championships today at Daytona International Speedway. This mecca of motorsports is getting even bigger with the Speedway’s newest expansion project – Daytona Rising. Race fans will rejoice over the $400 million overhaul creating a world-class facility with premium amenities and unparalleled conveniences and experiences by 2016.

2.Rich History - Daytona Beach is full of history beginning with our native ancestors the Timucuan Indians, Spanish and French settlements, sugar mill plantations and the man who put Florida on the map as a tourist destination, Henry Flagler. Today, you can learn about and even see our humble beginnings in some of our parks, preserves and historic sites. Take a walk through history while you tour Rockefeller’s Ormond Beach home, the Casements, or visit the ruins of old sugar mill plantations at Bulow State Park.

3.Ponce Inlet - This southern part of our beach destination is full of activities and dining options for all to enjoy. More than just an inlet, this area is home to the tallest lighthouse in Florida, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Open for tours, the lighthouse also hosts special events throughout the year. While you’re here, learn about the wonders of sea life at the Marine Science Center or go for an aquatic adventure with Ponce Inlet Watersports.

4.Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier - There’s something nostalgic about a boardwalk beach experience. The boardwalk and pier is focused on two important parts of every vacation – fun and food. With amusement rides like the Sandblaster Roller Coaster, ferris wheel and go-karts, you are sure to find a little something for everyone. Take snack time to the next level at the Main Street Pier – enjoy lunch with a view from Joe’s Crab Shack located towards the end of the pier directly over the Atlantic. Not in the mood for seafood? Don’t worry. They have a pizza place, ice-cream shop and a roof top bar called The Roof where you can indulge in tropical drinks and a picture worthy view of Daytona Beach.

5."World’s Most Famous Beach" - A beach trip isn’t complete without one day or five spent at the beach. Choose your place in the sand along 23 miles of beach featuring easy access points for driving on in select areas or parking nearby. And check out the many beachfront splash parks, beach volleyball courses and jungle gyms for fun along the shoreline. Take a drive on the beach or bring a bicycle for a truly enjoyable ride in the sand. Not all of your fun will happen on dry land. There are plenty of adventures to be had in the Atlantic from paddle boarding and surfing to kayaking and parasailing.

6.Thrill Rides - Visitors can choose from a surprising list of attractions including a high-speed ocean view ride on the Sand Blaster roller coaster at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, a race around Daytona International Speedway with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, a zip lining adventure at ZoomAir Adventure Park or an up-close encounter with marine life while paddle boarding in the Halifax River.

7.Golfing – Visitors can soften their spikes at several Daytona Beach area courses popular with pros, experienced players and those still learning the links. Boasting two, four-star courses as rated by Golf Digest, LPGA International leads the pack. Here’s hoping the greens are kind…

8.Scenic Cruising Opportunities - Cruising is a tradition in Daytona Beach. Whether you’re cruising down Atlantic Avenue in your vehicle or taking in the sights on your Harley, you’re sure to log some miles taking in all that the Daytona Beach area has to offer. Motorcyclists come from all over the world to ride our streets and our most celebrated stretch of road – the Ormond Scenic Loop or as the locals call it, 'The Loop'. At just over 30 miles long, 'The Loop' has the most diverse natural scenery remaining in northeast Florida with unobstructed views of two rivers, creeks, marshes, beach and the pristine hardwood hammock forest that canopies the road.

9.Festival Capital of Florida - One big thing that makes Daytona Beach stand out is our flair for festivals. Daytona Beach takes claim to the title of Festival Capital of Florida for good reason with festivals and events taking place here year round. Fall is our biggest season for festivals kicking off with the Daytona Blues FestivalBiketoberfest®, Daytona Beach Film Festival, Halifax Art Festival and Turkey Run. Each new year begins with a bang as Speedweeks roll into the Daytona International Speedway in February, followed by the World Famous Bike Week in March. In the summer, weekly live entertainment fills the historic Daytona Bandshell as their Summer Concert Series entertains with fireworks on Saturday evenings. And celebrating Independence Day is always popular with the fan favorite Coke Zero 400.

10.Spectacular Accommodations - You’re sure to find the perfect place in Daytona Beach to rest your head after a day of fun in the sun. We have a little bit of everything with a myriad of beachfront and mainland accommodations varying from trusted name brand resorts and hotels to quaint, independently-owned small inns and B&Bs. Those who like to be at one with nature have camping options that range from sleeping under the stars in a pop-up tent to lounging in the comforts of their RV or camper at any one of our campgrounds. No matter your pleasure, Daytona Beach accommodations meet all lifestyles and budgets.


The Beach

Spend a day relaxing on "The World's Most Famous Beach" and get away from it all. Our 23 miles of sandy, white beaches are open to pedestrians 24/7 with free access!

Cars are permitted in designated areas of the beach from sunrise to sunset, tidal conditions permitting. Visit Daytona Beach and find out why people love to vacation here.

Click here for a map detailing the area's vehicle-accessible and pedestrian-only beach areas.

Travelers with disabilities find our beaches highly accessible, too.  Our unique Surf Chairs can be reserved at no cost, enabling visitors to experience the beautiful beaches and sparkling waters without damaging their own equipment.  To learn more about exploring some of the Daytona Beach area's more accessible locations, visit our Accessible Daytona Beach site. Written by disability consultant Steve Deal, it's an excellent resource for those seeking accommodation for sight, hearing or mobility disabilities.  The site also provides a list of accessible hotel, restaurant, attraction and concert venues -- as well as some great tips for getting around.



Daytona International Speedway

This Daytona Beach landmark and home to the world-famous Daytona 500 is open to the public everyday. Start with a birds-eye view of the track and the 31-degree, high banked turns from the grandstand area. Check out the latest NASCAR clothing and collectables at the gift shop and test you're racing skills at the video game arcade. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Daytona International Speedway 
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.,
Daytona Beach
(386) 253-RACE (7223)


The Loop

Born to be wild - or at least wild at heart? Marvel at the variety of wild animals and birds on 'The Loop', a 33.98-mile scenic route that's a must-see for motorcyclists, motorists and bicyclists alike. This amazing journey will take you back in time, combining tree-lined, canopied roads with acres of Florida's wild, untouched natural beauty.

View a full-color map showcasing the routes availble to enjoy the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

Insiders' Tips

Whether your two wheels are decked out in gleaming chrome or you prefer eco-friendly peddle power, both are common sights along the natural beauty and the peaceful, winding roads on The Loop. No stoplights or shopping centers on this ride. Just miles and miles of well-maintained, twisting and turning roads. One long stretch is completely shaded from the sun by a beautiful ancient Live Oak canopy. Along the ride, you'll also pass Tomoka State Park, where on most days you will see folks fishing and crabbing along the Tomoka River. There are several routes to choose from, making The Loop a ride you'll want to take more than once. Note: Enjoy The Loop at a leisurely speed, and pay attention to the posted speed limits, as they change often.

Directions from the Mainland

Travel north on Beach Street, which runs along the Halifax River's mainland side. After several miles, you'll see a sign for Walter Boardman Blvd. Take that turn and follow the road for about a mile. Take a sharp right on High Bridge Road, and follow it over the bridge to State Road A1A. At this point, you can either turn right and enjoy the scenic Atlantic coastline on your way back to Daytona Beach, or turn left and ride north to Flagler Beach.

Directions from the Beachside

From Daytona Beach, head north on State Road A1A, past SR 40 (Granada Blvd.) Just past the city of Ormond Beach, the speed limit will change to 55 mph. Keep an eye out, and turn left at the flashing sign that identifies High Bridge Road. Follow this road for several miles and take a sharp left onto Walter Boardman Blvd. This road will take you past Tomoka State Park and bring you to North Beach Street, which hugs the Intracoastal Waterway. Follow this road to Granada Blvd (SR 40).

Short Version

A variation of the scenic Loop tour begins at the intersection of John Anderson Drive and Granada Blvd. on the beachside. Head north on John Anderson Drive and enjoy miles of beautiful river views and stately homes and estates. John Anderson Drive ends at High Bridge Rd. where you will then decide to turn left and meander back to town on Beach Street -- or turn right and head up to A1A. Note: John Anderson Drive is a residential area with plenty of side streets, some hidden from view. Also, stay alert to the many changes in the speed limits.

Riding the loop… give me a break!

Located on High Bridge Rd. at the eastern foot of the causeway bridge, you can stretch your legs at this well-maintained county park that features a boat ramp, covered picnic tables and clean restrooms.



Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona

A motorcycle enthusiats dream come true! Check out 109,000 sq. feet of new and used Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. The huge showroom also features motorclothes and accessories for the entire family. Motorcycle rentals are also available. This huge complex is also home to the biggest names in motorcycles and accessories including Triumph, Ducati, Buell and J&P Cycles. A wide variety of specialty shops, pizza, hot dogs and ice cream is also available. Hungry? Choose from Houligan's and Daytona Pig Stand BBQ. Sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite beverage at Saint & Sinners pub that features live entertainment on the weekends.

  • 1637 North US Highway 1
    Ormond Beach, FL 32174
  • 866.642.3464

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