Destination Guide: Florida Northeast

Notable Cities in Florida Northeast: Daytona Beach

Summary

Florida is one of North America’s top vacation destinations for one reason: the beach. And since Global Discovery Vacations can put you all over the Sunshine State, you might as well go for the best.

As the self-proclaimed “World’s Most Famous Beach,” Daytona Beach, Florida, is one of the most diverse locations in the country. Along with its amazing beaches, the area has a flair for bikes, auto racing, a rich history and much more. Spring Break is a busy time, as is most of Florida, but you can find something to do any time of the year.

Let Brooke M., general manager at Sea Shells Beach Club, be your guide as he takes you through the must-see stops in Daytona Beach, spoken like a true local:

Must-See Attractions

55th Daytona 500

Photo courtesy of Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway
When you enter the city of Daytona Beach on International Speedway Boulevard, one of the first monumental attractions you will see is the world famous Daytona International Speedway. It’s home to NASCAR as well as the 24-hour Rolex Race.  The history of the track goes all the way back to 1959, which was the first year of the Daytona 500. The raceway is currently undergoing a $400 million dollar face-lift, which will be completed in 2015. The updates are expected to almost double the amount of race fans to the city’s annual events.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institution
It’s only a few miles away from the racetrack and is located directly across from the Mainland High School, the school that former NBA All-Star Vince Carter attended. Since then, he has invested in the school’s world-class gymnasium.

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Beach Street
Before heading to the beach, be sure to visit Daytona’s “Beach Street.” It hosts a variety of gift shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Bruce Rossmeyer’s exclusive Harley Davison motorcycle shop is where you can find all the latest trends in motorcycle equipment and apparel.

Eastern Atlantic Coast
Head on over the bridge to what the locals call the “beach side” and take in one of Florida’s most beautiful natural wonders. The coast stretches from the Florida Keys to Maine and Daytona Beach is where all the fun begins.

Also Try…

  • Sea World
  • Jackie Robinson Ballpark
  • Ponce de Leon Lighthouse
  • Daytona Lagoon

Festivals and Events

  • Daytona 500 (February) and Coke Zero 400 (First Saturday in July) NASCAR races
  • Bike Week (March)
  • Biketoberfest (October)

Trivia

  • The sand is so hard-packed that vehicles are permitted to drive on the beach, as long as you stay below 10 mph. You won’t find this at many other beaches.
  • The city is located an hour south of the oldest European-established city in the country, St. Augustine.
  • Beach Street is actually named after Mr. Beach, since his family had a significant role in Daytona’s early day. It’s not that close to the beach to begin with.

Suggested Resorts

Member Feedback

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Photo courtesy of Sherry B.

  • Ray P. lives in central Florida, so Daytona Beach was relaxing getaway to the coast.
  • Pat T. and her husband are meticulous travelers, so they gave us some great details on their trip.
  • Sherry B. wanted a calm vacation by the beach, and Sea Shells Beach Club was perfect for her.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.