Daytona Beach Shores was formed in 1960 by a group of moteliers who called themselves "2,000 Cottages." This relatively new city was incorporated in 1967, and stretches for 5 1/2-miles along South Atlantic Ave., (A1A) along the Atlantic Ocean. Contining south, the scenic community of Ponce Inlet is located at the southern tip of the peninsula.
Because of the similarity in names, Daytona Beach Shores is frequently confused with Daytona Beach, which borders to the north. Daytona Beach Shores is much smaller with fewer hotels and a higher concentration of condominiums instead of hotels.
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Daytona Beach Shores offers a humid, subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. The winter temperature very rarely drops below freezing. The summers are long and hot, with temperatures frequently in the upper 90's in July. Dangers include hurricanes from June 1 until November 30.
Daytona Beach Shores has no local airport. If you need to fly here, you will need to find a commercial flight arriving to either Daytona Beach International Airport (the closest), Orlando International Airport, or Jacksonville International Airport.
Amtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford (Florida), about 35 miles west of Daytona Beach Shores. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into Daytona Beach Shores after departing from the Auto Train.
Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being near the city of DeLand. This stop is rather remote and is not recommended as an option.
Florida Highway A1A connects Daytona Beach Shores to the outside world by car or motorcycle. Locally named South Atlantic Avenue, the highway connects with Daytona Beach from the North, and Port Orange from Dunlawton Avenue to the West.
Greyhound Bus Lines offers limited bus service to nearby Daytona Beach. Upon arrival at the Daytona Beach Greyhound station, you will need to either transfer to a local Volusia County bus or take a taxicab to complete your trip to Daytona Beach Shores.
Daytona Beach Shores is not a major port, however, it is accessible via the Intracoastal Waterway, from both the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean. Docking and refueling services are available at the Seven Seas Marina & Boatyard.
VOTRANis the name of the local Volusia County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. A one-day Votran bus pass costs $3.
A1A Beachside Trolley operates from January to Labor Day (September) along Atlantic Avenue on the beachside. They are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
Florida Highway A1A, known as South Atlantic Avenue locally, is the main artery which runs along the beach in Daytona Beach Shores. The main alternative is Peninsula Drive, which runs along the Halifax River, on the West side of the city.
Dahlia Park is located about 1/2 mile south of Dunlawton Avenue on A1A. This park features access to restrooms and picnic tables.
Fornari Park is located next to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on A1A. This park features access to the beach, playground equipment, dune walkovers with observation decks and picnic tables. It is named for the late Larry Fornari, Sr. a long-time community leader
Max Samuely Park is located next to City Hall. This garden-type park contains a gazebo and landscaped areas for walking or sitting as well as a brick "wall of fame" honoring the racing heritage in the Shores. A memorial to former Councilman Otto Schulze is located next to the "wall of fame." This park also houses the Court of Flags, which represents some of the ethnic origins of Shores residents, visitors and business people. The Court was dedicated in May 1997.
McElroy Park is located behind the City Senior Center. The City's largest park covers more than three acres and includes a baseball field, basketball and tennis courts, a playground, picnic tables, restrooms and other facilities.
Frank Rendon Park, 2705 South Atlantic Ave, . Offers sheltered picnic areas, grills, children's playground with padded floor, disability-accessible restrooms, water fountain, outdoor showers, 141 off-street parking spaces, handicapped parking, wheelchair accessible wooden beach walkway, wooden observation deck, beach wheels.
Sundown Park is on Peninsula Drive, across from Van Avenue and approximately one mile north of Dunlawton Avenue. This park overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway.
Lighthouse Loop, 3501-4950 S. Atlantic Ave., . The Lighthouse Loop is a scenic drive, also used by walkers, bicyclists, and runners, which passes through the cities of Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores, and Ponce Inlet. Check the web site for the exact route.edit
Backwater Fishing Charters, 3948 S. Peninsula Dr. (Adventure Yacht Harbor), ☎ +1 386 566-9547 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Captain Shane offers half-day or full-day fishing charter services on the Halifax River, Indian River, or the Atlantic Ocean.edit
Haf-N-Haf Fishing Charters, 79 East Dunlawton Ave. (Port Orange Marina), ☎ +1 386 767-0583 (email@example.com), . Captain Doug offers fishing charters for half-day or full-day trips on the Halifax River or Atlantic Ocean.edit
Hooker Sport Fishing Charters, 3948 S. Peninsula Dr. (Adventure Yacht Harbor), ☎ +1 386 760-8909 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Book your next fishing trip aboard "The Hooker" with Captain Bill. Coast Guard approved for up to 14 passengers.edit
Off Duty Charters, 3948 S. Peninsula Dr. (Adventure Yacht Harbor), ☎ +1 386 871-5628, . Captain Chris offers 4-hour, 6-hour, and 8-hour fishing charters.edit
Daytona Sailing Charters, 3300 S.Peninsula Dr. (Seven Seas Marina), +1 386 931-0399.  Sailing charters offered on "The Arrow", a 33-foot Yawl sailboat owned by Captain Richard Paauwe for 2 hour or longer eco-cruises for nature viewing on the Halifax River.
Eagle Yacht Charters, 3948 South Peninsula Dr. (Adventure Yacht Harbor), +1 386 295-2578 .
Sundial Sailing and Charters, 3948 South Peninsula Dr. (Adventure Yacht Harbor), +1 407-222-3626 .
Publix Shopping Center, 3044 South Atlantic Ave., ☎ (386) 756-3482. edit
Winn Dixie Shopping Center, 2200 South Atlantic Ave., ☎ (386) 253-7713. edit
Pearls International, 3114 South Atlantic Ave. (One mile north of Dunlawton on A1A), ☎ (386) 767-3473 (email@example.com), . Monday-Saturday, 10am - 7pm. Fine pearl jewelry, gifts, and accessories. Pearls International offers a Creation Station where customers can design their own jewelry. Customers can also pick a pearl out of an oyster (Wish Pearls).Prices start at $14.95. edit
Beachside Motel, 3309 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386 256-4719.  31 rooms. Heated pool( Feb. and March),sundeck. All rooms include a full kitchen, private balcony and spacious rooms.
Cabana Colony Cottages, 2501 S. Atlantic Ave. 386-767-8939.  Charming 1920's oceanfront and garden view cottages. Continental breakfast, fully equipped kitchens and heated oceanfront pool. 30 units.
Famous Shores Motel, 3738 S. Atlantic Ave, Phone: (386) 767-2943. Rooms, efficiencies, suites 2-3 bedroom and Handicapped accessible facilities. Heated pool, sun deck area and a BBQ area. Sorry "No Pets". Across the street from the beach.
Jasmin Motel, 3621 S. Atlantic Ave, Phone: (386) 760-9196. Restaurants nearby. Amenities include cable TV, in-room coffee maker and room service. Free wireless high speed internet.
Perry's Cottages, 2139 S. Atlantic Ave., 386-255-0581. Private cottages with nicely appointed kitchens. Located on the beach. Small pets welcome. Two outdoor pools, indoor heated pool. Walking distance to dining and grocery store. 15 units. www.perryswhitecaps.com
Sea Scape Inn, 2601 S. Atlantic Ave., Phone: (386) 767-7312. Oceanfront efficiencies with sliding door to private balconies. Microwaves and refrigerators in each room. Heated pool, kiddie pool, putting green, BBQ area, shuffleboard. Free continental breakfast. Pet friendly.
Sand Castle Motel, 3619 S. Atlantic Ave, (386) 767-3182.  Family owned and operated. Kitchens with microwave. Complimentary morning coffee. Daily Newspaper. BBQ area with gas grill. Heated pool and sun deck overlooking the beach.
South Shore Motel, 3225 S. Atlantic Ave., (386) 767-7786.  Rooms with kitchens, phones, cable TV, private balconies and direct ocean views. Pool and sun deck.
Turtle Inn, 3233 S. Atlantic Ave., (386) 761-0426. Time Share property.
Acapulco Hotel and Resort, 2505 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-761-2210 (toll-free: 1-800-329-8662), . 133 rooms. Every room has a private balcony with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Remodeled pool deck, Bohemian Bar and Grille. Each room is equipped with a refrigerator and complete kitchens are available. Biker friendly.
Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn, 3247 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-761-8450 (fax: +1 386-304-3079), . Efficiencies, some pet friendly. Oceanfront. Free wi-fi.
Bahama House, 2001 S. Atlantic Ave., +1 800 571-2001, Huge rooms on the beach. Family friendly. Rate includes free daily breakfast buffet and cocktail reception. High speed Internet. .
Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, 2225 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-252-9631 (toll-free: 1-800-258-8454, fax: +1 386-252-1198), .
Days Inn Tropical Seas, 3357 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-767-8737, .
Daytona Seabreeze, 3125 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-788-1000.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 3301 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-767-1711, . 100 rooms. Completely remodeled (2011) hotel on the beach. All rooms are oceanfront, with private balconies, mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker. Outdoor pool, fitness center, executive meeting room. The Stay Smart Hot breakfast bar included with your stay. Free wireless internet and business center with courtesy computers. Non smoking, No pets.
Sun Viking Lodge 2411 S. Atlantic Ave. 386-252-6252 Family owned and operated oceanfront property. Direct oceanfront rooms. Indoor and outdoor heated pools adn 60-foot water slide. Complimentary recreation program. Golf packages. AAA rated excellent. Mobil rated excellent. www.sunviking.com
The Shores Resort and Spa(formerly The Hilton), 2637 South Atlantic Ave, +1 386-767-7350, . A beachfront resort located on the The Shores barrier island. This AAA Four-Diamond resort features chic furnishings, oversized windows & spacious terraces or balconies, tiki bar and cabanas and oceanfront pool and sundeck. Also on property, the Indulge Spa, Azure, fine dining, and event venues that are ideal for weddings, meetings, and receptions.
Seven digit dialing is in effect for local calls in Daytona Beach Shores. The local area code is 386. For calls within the US or Canada, dial 1+area code+number. There are some public pay phones scattered around the city, but they are becoming increasingly rare with the predominance of cell phones. It is not safe to assume you will be able to find a pay phone at any given time.
The ZIP code in the city of Daytona Beach Shores is 32118.
The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 126 East Orange Avenue, Tel: (386) 255-0415 (Fax: (386) 255-5478), . The official sales and marketing travel organization for Daytona Beach Shores.
Florida has a high occurrence of hurricanes. You might want to check the Hurricane safety page if you are visiting Florida. Beware of lightning in the central part of the state. Daytona Beach Shores is known for a high number of shark attacks, so be careful when surfing. Also, there is a high occurrence of tornadoes in Florida, so check the Tornado safety page.
Daytona Beach Shores has a very efficient Police Department and crime is rare in this city. However, the Police Department is also known to issue a large number of Speeding Tickets to motorists. Be careful not to exceed the speed limit while driving in Daytona Beach Shores.
The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Daytona Beach Shores.
Daytona Beach - The Shore's famous neighbor to the North offers NASCAR racing and other special events.
Ponce Inlet - A scenic fishing village located the southern tip of the beach peninsula. Here you will find the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Marine Science Center, local charter fishing boats, along with several of the area's best seafood restaurants.
Port Orange - A quiet, but rapidly growing city just West of the Shores on the mainland, where you can enjoy Golf and Tennis.
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