The Daytona Beach Clocktower, an unusual landmark near the beach.
Daytona Beach  is famous as the "World Center of Racing" and home of NASCAR, is part of the East Central Florida greater metropolitan area. Daytona Beach is the best known of the seven area communities. Although the wide 23-mile stretch of white sandy beach is still the biggest attraction here, with over 8 million visitors flocking to the area every year, the metro area is rapidly changing from the event Mecca to family oriented resort destination. The area is experiencing the Renaissance of sorts. Historical sites like the Main Street Pier, the Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Clocktower in Oceanfront Park add to the appeal of this exciting city.
The city was founded in 1870 and incorporated in 1876. Daytona was named for its founder, Matthias Day. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged as Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, it picked up the nickname The World's Most Famous Beach.
Daytona's wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle races beginning in 1902, as pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. In 1959, William France created Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course.
Automobiles are still permitted on the beach, although now only at slow speeds. This is one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.
The city of Daytona Beach is split in two by the Halifax River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona, and Port Orange.
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Daytona Beach has a very typical humid subtropical climate for a city in the southeastern U.S. Summers are hot and humid with highs usually in the 90s and a heat index often exceeding 100 degrees. Thunderstorms are frequent in summer afternoons and the hot, humid weather can last right through the fall months.
Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Winters are dry and mild, marked by a constant series of cold fronts and warm-ups. Temperatures dip into the low 40s and upper 30s on occasion, although freezes are rare. Frost occurs a few times a year mainly in the inland areas, but is rare along the beaches. Snowfall is very rare. The last time snow flurries fell on the city of Daytona Beach was in January of 2003. Temperatures in spring are famously pleasant with warm afternoons, cool evenings, and far less humidity. This beach-going weather attracts tourists back to the beaches usually by early March.
Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB)  is located about 30 miles west of the city in Sanford. Several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast in Northern Ireland, land here. If you are flying Allegiant Air from within the US or Icelandair from Iceland, you will land at Sanford Airport.
Amtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford (Florida), about 35 miles west of Daytona Beach. 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 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.
Daytona Beach is easily accessible by interstate I-95 that runs north and south and I-4 connecting Daytona Beach with Orlando and Tampa. U.S. Highway 1 (Ridgewood Avenue) also passes through Daytona Beach. A1A is a scenic North/South route along the beach.
Daytona Beach is served by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has a terminal located at 138 South Ridgewood Avenue (US-1). The Greyhound routes from Daytona Beach connect with hubs in Jacksonville and Orlando.
Daytona Beach is not a major port, however, it is accessible by private boats via the Intracoastal Waterway, from both the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean. Refueling services are available at the Daytona Marina.
Getting around by car is very easy and convenient in Daytona Beach. The major roads are all wide and easy to drive on with all the major areas signposted, but traffic jams around major intersections are common in the afternoons, and around the tourist areas on Saturday nights.
The main tourism area is Atlantic Avenue (North and South), a strip of road that runs parallel to the beach for 23 miles. During major NASCAR races, International Speedway Boulevard gets congested near the racetrack.
All major car rental companies are located in or near the Daytona Beach International Airport.
If you are coming to Daytona Beach for a motorcycle rally, you will probably want to rent a motorcycle to ride around on instead of a car. You should reserve one well in advance of the major biker rallies.
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.
Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Rd., 386-255-0285, . The museum hosts traveling exhibitions and has galleries in its permanent collection featuring the most complete fossil record discovered in Florida, highlighted by the 13-foot skeleton of a Giant Ground Sloth, and art from China, Africa and Cuba. A planetarium is also on-site featuring laser concerts and educational shows. The museum also features a very active line-up of programs and events for every interest and age group.
Halifax Historical Museum, 252 S. Beach St., 386-255-6976, . Located downtown in the former Merchants Bank building, the museum highlights the history of the Daytona Beach area with exhibits on local lifestyle and influential people. Some exhibits include a portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College and a look at the Resort Hotels that once graced the beachfront.
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach Community College.
Sun Splash (County) Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave. Sun Splash Park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and a Coca-Cola-sponsored "cool zone." The four-acre facility also provides 95 off-beach parking spaces. Open sunrise to sunset. No fee.
Robert Strickland Shooting Range (County), 1180 Indian Lake Road. Phone: (386) 226-0477. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fees: $5 Daily - $80 Annually - $50 Semi-Annually. The Robert Strickland Shooting Range is built to National Rifle Association standards. It includes a state-of-the-art baffling and berm system to ensure shooter safety and avoid stray bullets.
Bethune Point Park, 11 Bellevue Ave. Amenities: Playground Equipment, Four Baseball Fields, Fishing Pier, Boat Ramp, Picnic Areas, Two Pavilions, Barbecue Pit, Picnic Tables, Benches, Restrooms.
Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats - The Wildcats play baseball at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Daytona State College Falcons - The Falcons compete in five Division I NJCAA sports including Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball and Women's Golf.
Daytona Cubs, East Orange Av, 386-257-3172, . The Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Florida State League plays at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Daytona Beach Thunder - Local affiliate team of the World Indoor Football League plays at The Ocean Center .
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles - The Eagles baseball team plays on campus at Silwa Stadium. The Eagles basketball and volleyball play on campus at the ICI Center. There is also the Eagles Soccer team and Eagles Tennis team.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. Statue, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd. (In front of Daytona International Speedway), . Sunrise to Sunset. Daytona Beach's version of the "Rocky" statue, represnting the late NASCAR driver who won the 1998 Daytona 500 Race. Earnhardt died while racing here in 2001.Free. edit
Daytona 200 Motorcycle Race Memorial, 65 Boardwalk (approximate) (Daisy Stocking Park). Sunrise to Sunset. Memorial to the Daytona 200 Motorcycle Race, which started on the beach in 1937. A large black marker in the center is surrounded by a plaza with smaller markers and paver bricks.Free. edit
Daytona Beach Clocktower, 60 Boardwalk (approximate) (Daisy Stocking Park). Sunrise to Sunset. A memorial to Sir Malcolm Campbell and the Racing Time Trials that were held on the beach, near this location. A plaque dedicated to Campbell is at the base of the Clocktower.Free. edit
Veterans Memorial at Riverfront Park, 155 North Beach Street (Riverfront Park). Sunrise to Sunset. Daytona Beach's Memorial to veterans of all wars. Small plaza in Riverfront Park with various markers and plaques.Free. edit
Wright Flyer Sculpture, 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jack Hunt Library), . Sunrise to Sunset. A life-size sculpture of the Wright Brothers plane that was made by artist Larry Godwin. It sits parked in front of the Jack Hunt Memorial Library at the Embry-Riddle University Campus.Free. edit
Daytona International Speedway
2008 Event Schedule:
Fall Cycle Scene - Oct. 16-19, 2008
Turkey Run - Nov. 26-30, 2008
Daytona Kart Week - Dec. 27-30, 2008
Daytona International Speedway
2009 Event Schedule:
Rolex 24 Hour Race - Feb. 2009
Daytona ARCA 200 - Feb. 2009
Budweiser Shootout - Feb. 2009
Gatorade Duel 125s - Feb. 2009
Chevy Silverado 250 - Feb. 2009
Camping World 300 - Feb. 2009
Daytona 500 Race - Feb. 2009
Bike Week - Feb. 27 - March 7, 2009
Spring Break - March-April 2009
Coke Zero (Firecracker) 400 Race - July 3, 2009
Biketoberfest - Oct. 15-18, 2009
Turkey Run - Nov. 25-29, 2009
Daytona Kart Week - Dec. 26-30, 2009
Daytona Beach is dominated by Motorsports and the Daytona International Speedway. The main artery that passes by the racetrack was even renamed from "Volusia Avenue" to "International Speedway Boulevard."
Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd., 1-800-PIT-SHOP, . This NASCAR superspeedway tri-oval race track has a seating capacity for 168,000 spectators. It hosts motor vehicle races of various kinds, including stock cars, sports cars, modified pickup trucks, motorcycles (on and off road), and go-karts. The facility also includes a road course and an infield, including Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The track is also used for an annual spring car show and swap meet, and a Thanksgiving street rod meet, some of the largest of their kind, and various races around the track, as there have been three different layouts. A complete fan guide is downloadable.
Daytona Speedweeks - The group of races held at Daytona International Speedway the first two weeks of February are considered part of Daytona Speedweeks.
Rolex 24 Hour Race (24 Hours of Daytona) - An annual endurance race for sports cars, sanctioned by the Grand American Sports Car organization. The race is held on the road course track configuration. The race is usually held late in January or the first weekend of February as the first race of Daytona Speedweeks. The race date is adjusted year-to-year, to not conflict with the date of the NFL Superbowl.
Daytona ARCA 200 - 200 mile stock car race, sponsored by the Automobile Racing Club of America. Usually held on the second weekend of Daytona Speedweeks, and a week before the Daytona 500 race.
Budweiser Shootout - A NASCAR preseason 75 lap race, held the weekend before the Daytona 500 race. The race offers no points to the drivers, but a large purse is offered for the winner. Usually a narrow selection of drivers is invited to compete in the Bud Shootout.
Gatorade Duel 125s - Twin qualifying races, usually held on Thursday before the Daytona 500 Race. Half the qualifying cars compete in each 125 race to determine field position in the big race.
Chevy Silverado 250 - The first race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is held Friday night prior to the Daytona 500.
Camping World 300 - The first race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) is held Saturday afternoon or night, before the Daytona 500.
Daytona 500 Race - Nicknamed The Great American Race, this is usually the final race of Daytona Speedweeks and is the first points race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Usually held on the Sunday prior to Presidents Day every year. Presidents Day is the automatic rain date.
VOTRAN, the Volusia County bus service, arranges shuttle buses for fan transportation to the track for the Daytona 500 race in February, and the Coke Zero 400 race in July. The cost is usually $10 per trip. Do not be misled into taking a commercial bus or shuttle to the track that usually costs considerably more.
Daytona 200 - A series of motorcycle races (AMA Superbike and AMA Formula Xtreme), sanctioned by the the American Motorcyclist Association. Race dates usually coincide with Daytona Beach Bike Week.
Brumos Porsche 250 (formerly the Paul Revere 250) - A 250 mile sports car race, sanctioned by the Grand American Sports Car series. The date of running this race has varied in the past, but it is usually held late at night, close to the date of the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race.
Winn-Dixie 250 - A NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) race, usually held the Friday night before the Coke Zero 400 race.
Coke Zero 400 (formerly the Pepsi 400 and the Firecracker 400) - NASCAR Sprint Cup race held the first Saturday night of July, and close to the American July 4th holiday.
Fall Cycle Scene - A series of Motorcycle races, sponsored by the Championship Cup Series, the American Sportbike Racing Association, and the Suntrust MOTO-ST series. Dates coincide with the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest event.
Turkey Run - A classic car show, usually held over a period of four days during Thanksgiving weekend.
Daytona Beach Kennel Club, 960 S. Willamson Blvd., Phone: (386) 252-6484. Offers live Greyhound racing along with simulcast Greyhound, Thoroughbred, Harness, and Jai-Alai wagering from premier tracks around the country. Poker Room features 7-Card Stud, Hold Em, 5-Card Stud. Also features Cabaret Deli and Pavilion Clubhouse Restaurant.
Daytona Lagoon , 601 Earl Street, (386) 254-5020. Daytona Lagoon Water Park and Family Entertainment Center offers hours of splash-filled fun and games for the entire company, youth group or party, offering miniature golf, go-karts, lazer tag, and more.
Bike Week - Annual Motorcycle Rally, usually held around the first ten days of March, sponsored by the Daytona Beach-Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce. Traffic during this event tends to be horrible, particularly in the areas of Main Street and Beach Street. The Daytona 200 Motorcycle race is held at Daytona International Speedway during Bike Week as well.
Biketoberfest - Annual Motorcycle Rally, usually held the week immediately following Columbus Day in October, sponsored by The Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Usually held on a smaller scale than the March Bike Week, however the event appears to draw more participants every year.
The Halifax Harbor Marina  is located on Beach Street, and is the departure point for several boat cruises along the Halifax River.
A Tiny Cruise Line, 401 S. Beach Street, Phone: (386)226-2343. Take a tour down the Halifax River discovering the history of the river and the sites on each shore. A lovely way to see some places not visible from the road.
The River Queen II, , Phone: (386) 254-7560. Paddle wheel boat cruise that launches from the Halifax Harbor Marina. Call for schedule.
Volusia County Fishing and Hunting License Division, 250 N. Beach Street, PHONE: (386) 254-4610. Fishing licenses can be purchased at Volusia County tag and tax office or at area fish camps, Walmart, K-Mart, hardware and sporting goods stores. Florida residents do not need a fishing license to fish from the beach as long they are in no more than three feet of water. Anglers may purchase licenses on the phone by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA.
Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic Avenue, Phone: (386) 254-4500.  The largest (225,000 sq.ft.) event and convention arena in the Greater Daytona Beach area. Hosts the area's major conventions, trade shows, concerts, and indoor sports events. Located across the street from the Daytona Hilton and Ocean Walk resort hotels.
When the weather pushes you off the beach, or you simply need to find some cool space for a few hottest hours, shopping is the best pastime. Though Daytona is more about the beach, shoppers will find an array of stores, shopping centers and boutiques in the area. Here are some suggestions:
Volusia Mall, 1700 West International Speedway Blvd. You simply can't pass it, this is a major regional Mall with over 1 Mil sq. ft. of retail space, anchored by Sears, JC Penny, Macy's, Dillards and over 160 other stores and a dozen of Food Court Restaurants. Located on International Speedway Boulevard (US-92), it is just across from the airport.
Bellair Plaza, 2500 North Atlantic Ave. Bellair Plaza is located on the west side of North Atlantic Avenue (A1A) in Daytona Beach. Bellair is anchored by Bealls, Publix, Ruby Tuesday, and Walgreens.
Ocean Walk Shoppes, 250 North Atlantic Avenue. . Open-air shopping center, located in the heart of the beach area.
Daytona Beach Flea Market, 2987 Bellevue Ave. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the flea market opens its stalls to sell anything and everything including jewelry, produce, clothing, sports equipment and toys. Free parking and free admission.
Riverfront Marketplace is a lovely group of shops, restaurants and museums that lines Beach Street and the few streets surrounding in downtown Daytona Beach. Across the street is the Saturday Farmer's Market on City Island (next to the public library), the oldest of its kind in Florida. Some places to check out include Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Mandala Books, Davidson Brothers Indian River Fruit and Daytona Harley Davidson.
Lodging around Daytona Beach generally is divided into three areas, Speedway, Beachside, and US-1. Hotels located on "International Speedway Boulevard" are close to the Racetrack. Hotels located on "Atlantic Avenue" will be close to the beach. Hotels located on "Ridgewood Avenue" are on Route US-1.
High Season in Daytona Beach runs generally from February through August. Low Season is from September through January. The best rates are usually found in December and January.
Americano Beach Resort, 1260 N. Atlantic Ave. Phone: (386) 255-7431, . Spa, fitness center, sauna and game room. Offering Family, Corporate, Teacher, Medical, Hospitality and Group discount rates.
Beaches Oceanfront Resort, 1299 South Atlantic Avenue, +1 386 248-1447, Fax: +1 386 248-1408, . Large oceanfront pool and kiddie pool too. All oceanfront rooms with private balconies.
Bermuda House 2560 N Atlantic Ave., Phone: (386) 672-1440, Toll Free: 1(800) 584-3017. . 138 Rooms.
Boardwalk Inn & Suites, 301 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 253-8300, Fax: +1 386 255-8277, . 101 Rooms.
Courtyard Daytona Beach, 1605 Richard Petty Blvd., +1 386 255-3388, Fax: +1 386 255-3391, .
Daytona Inn Beach Resort, 219 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 252-3626, Fax: +1 386 255-3680, .
Desert Inn, 900 North Atlantic Ave. +1 386 258-6555.  Offers pool, restaurant, and lounge.
Seven digit dialing is in effect for local calls in the Daytona Beach area. 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.
All ZIP codes in the city of Daytona Beach begin with 321.
The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 126 East Orange Avenue. Tel: (386) 255-0415 Fax: (386) 255-5478. The official sales and marketing organization for Daytona Beach and surrounding area. .
Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, 126 East Orange Avenue. Tel: (386) 255-0981. Clearinghouse for local information about Daytona Beach. .
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 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 has varying crime intensity by neighborhood. In certain parts of the city it may not be safe to walk alone or even in small groups at night. Touristy areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence. The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Online edition of daily newspaper covering the Greater Daytona Beach Area. Publishes a GoDo section on Fridays, outlining cultural and social activities for the coming weekend.
Avion Online Newspaper - Student college publication of Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach Pennysaver - Weekly publication with coupons and classified ads.
Daytona Beach Shores - A quieter, small city located just South of Daytona Beach along the beach peninsula.
New Smyrna Beach - New Smyrna Beach lays claim to the best Florida offers - excellent backwater and offshore fishing, golf, historical sites, cultural events and eclectic shopping and dining experiences along historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street.
Ormond Beach - Located at the North end of the Greater Daytona Beach area. Ormond Beach was once home to the Rockefellers and the Flaglers. Ormond Beach features attractions like the Casements and Tomoka State Park. Visitors seeking a quieter part of the beach can find it here. Beach driving is not allowed at the northern end of Ormond Beach.
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 South of Daytona Beach on the mainland, where you can enjoy Golf and Tennis.