DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA
NASCAR and Great Beaches

Daytona Beach Florida is perhaps best known for the NASCAR Daytona 500 stock car race and as a destination for Spring Break bacchanalia.  

Daytona Beach is one of the most famous (or infamous) destinations in Florida.

Daytona Beach is a mecca for gearheads, hosting numerous racing competitions and events aside from the Daytona 500.

The biggest of these events is Bike Week, in which thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts brave the humid Florida weather in their best leather apparel to converge on Daytona for 10 days of revelry.

This motorist-friendly attitude permeates all of Daytona Beach; it's one of the few public beaches which allows motorists to traverse its sands.

If you're imagining your sunbathing being ground to a halt by a careless motorist, fear not - Daytona offers many pedestrian-only zones.

History of Daytona Beach Florida

The history of Daytona Beach includes some of the first auto races in the United States.  It was founded by its namesake Mathias Day in 1870. Day was a famous Indian fighter who saw action during the Apache Wars against the Apache leaders Victorio and Geronimo.

Daytona Beach Vintage Postcard

Soon after its founding Daytona Beach became a tourist stop on the Florida East Coast Railroad of tycoon Henry Flagler.  In 1926, the cities of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze were merged to form present day Daytona Beach, Florida.

Since the early 1900s, the smooth hard packed sand beaches of Daytona and Ormond have been valued for automobile testing and racing. It was not unusual to see the latest "horseless carriage" or motorcycle being put through the paces on the densely-packed sands.

The Daytona Beach Road Course was the site of the first stock car race in 1936, and led to many more such events.

These races and the souped-up hotrods of former moonshiners were instrumental in the creation of that most American of institutions, NASCAR. The NASCAR connection turned Daytona Beach into a mecca for gearheads, hosting numerous racing competitions and events aside from the Daytona 500.

The biggest of these events over the years became Bike Week, in which thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts brave the humid Florida weather in their best leather apparel to converge on Daytona Beach for 10 days of revelry.

The history of Daytona Beach is so automobile oriented that a car friendly attitude permeates all of Daytona Beach; it's one of the few public beaches which allows motorists to traverse its sands.

If you're imagining your sunbathing being ground to a halt by a careless motorist, fear not - Daytona offers many pedestrian-only zones.

DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA RESTAURANTS

  1. The Cellar. 220 Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Tel: 386-258-0011. Fine Italian dining in an intimate setting. It's in the cellar of a historic home (it really IS a cellar!) and is quite popular for its authentic Italian cuisine and wines, so make reservations.

DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA HOTELS

Daytona Beach is famous for its oceanfront hotels and motels. These accomodations can be found on Tripadvisor or any of the numerous tourist guides available.

In keeping with our site's focus, we prefer to stay at bed and breakfast inns. We recommend the following inn.

  1. The Coquina Inn Bed & Breakfast, 544 S. Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Tel: 386-254-4969. A cozy four guest room Inn. Nice garden gazebo spa, fresh flowers, cable TV, wireless internet, private bathrooms and five-course breakfast. It is in the Old Daytona National Historic District. 

DAYTONA BEACH ATTRACTIONS

  1. Beach Driving. I have been driving on the beaches at Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach since moving to Florida many years ago. It's great fun to enjoy a slow drive on the hard packed sand beaches and ogle the bathers. These same beaches are where automobile racing was born early in the twentieth century. Driving areas are marked by signs along SR-A1A. Parking is also available on the beach at areas marked by wooden posts. The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset Nov. 1 through April 30 and from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 31. There is a $5 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach February 1 through November 30. Residents can also get a beach pass by calling 386-254-4605.

  2. Daytona International Speedway. Famous for the Daytona 500 and other NASCAR races, the Speedway offers hundreds of experiences for the visitor. You can drive a race car, see motorcycle races, run in a half marathon, watch or participate in parasailing, listen to live bands, watch bikini contests and attend autograph sessions featuring famous drivers. 1801 West International Speedway Blvd (US-92), Daytona Beach, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA DAY TRIPS & ONE TANK TRIPS

Daytona is within the region of Florida Backroads Travel that we call Central East Florida.  These day trips from Daytona are selected from the pages of Orlando Florida Day Trips and Jacksonville Florida Day Trips.  Many of these trips are within an hour of Daytona.

Brevard Zoo
Cherie Down Park
Cocoa
DeLand
Faver Dykes State Park
Flagler Beachfront Winery
Jacksonville Zoo
Log Cabin Winery

Marineland
New Smyrna Beach
San Sebastian Winery
Snack Jack
St Augustine
St Augustine Alligator Farm
Tangled Oaks Vineyard
Tomoka State Park

Central East Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing several day trip driving routes in the area around Daytona Beach and the coastal towns nearby.


HOW TO FIND DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA

Daytona Beach is at the intersection of I-95 and I-4 on Florida's east coast. It is also at the intersection of US-1 and US-92, the original Federal highways that served this part of Florida.


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