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Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, East Central Florida.

  • The Greater Daytona Beach Area also includes Daytona Beach Shores, Holly Hill, Port Orange, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona, Ormond Beach and unincorporated areas of East Volusia County.
  • Some of the surrounding cities use Daytona Beach as a mailing address. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, try checking the surrounding cities.

Understand

The Daytona Beach Clocktower, an unusual landmark near the beach.

Daytona Beach [1] 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.

History

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.

Climate

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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Check the weather forecast for Daytona Beach from NOAA.


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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 87 89 92 96 100 102 102 100 99 95 89 88
Norm High °F 69.7 71.1 75.6 79.8 85 88.8 91 90.1 87.9 82.6 76.9 71.4
Norm Low °F 47.1 48.8 53.7 58 64.5 70.6 72.4 72.8 71.9 65.3 57 50.1
Rec Low °F 15 24 26 35 44 52 60 65 52 41 27 19
Precip (in) 3.13 2.74 3.84 2.54 3.26 5.69 5.17 6.09 6.61 4.48 3.03 2.71
Source: USTravelWeather.com [2]

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.

Get in

File:Welcome-Daytona-Beach.jpg
A Welcome greeting to visitors as they enter Daytona Beach and drive past Daytona International Speedway.

By plane

You can fly into Daytona Beach International Airport (IATA: DAB) [3], which is served by Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, and Vintage Props and Jets. Other airports nearby are Orlando International (MCO) or Jacksonville International (JAX), both of which are an hour away.

Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) [4] 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.

By train

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.

By car

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.

By bus

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.

By boat

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.

Get around

By car

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.

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Alamo Rent A Car, 1-800-462-5266, [5].
  • Avis Rent A Car, 1-800-331-1212, [6].
  • Budget Rent A Car, 1-800-527-0700, [7].
  • Dollar Rent A Car, 1-800-800-3665, [8].
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1-800-261-7331, [9].
  • Hertz Car Rental, 1-800-654-3131, [10].
  • National Car Rental, 1-888-868-6206, [11].
  • Thrifty, 1-800-847-4389, [12].

By Motorcycle

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.

  • Daytona Harley Davidson, 290 North Beach Street, Phone: +1 386 253-2453. [13]
  • Daytona Cruisers, 790 East International Speedway Blvd., Phone: +1 386 255-4469. [14]

By Bus

  • VOTRAN [15]is 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.

Transfer Stations

  • Transfer Plaza
  • Intermodal Transit Facility (inside Volusia County Parking Garage), 701 Earl Street at North Atlantic Avenue.

Taxi

Taxi Service
If you need a taxi cab, you need to use the telephone to call for one. Cabs in the Daytona Beach area will not stop if you only wave at them.

Taxi companies include:

  • Yellow Cab, (386) 255-5555, [16].
  • Southern Komfort Taxi, (386) 252-2222, [17].
  • All Florida Cab, (386) 254-3400, [18].
  • Beach Taxi, (386) 441-7777.

See

Arts

  • Seaside Music Theater, 221 N. Beach St., (386)226-1888, [19]. A great place to catch a play or musical, it has been a part of Daytona Beach for 30 years.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery [20], 698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Phone: (386) 481-2465. Offers performances of Broadway musicals, operas, and symphonies.
  • News Journal Center
  • Peabody Auditorium
  • Daytona Beach Bandshell

Museums

  • Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Rd., 386-255-0285, [21]. 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, [22]. 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.

Parks

  • Sun Splash (County) Park [23], 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) [24], 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 [25], 11 Bellevue Ave. Amenities: Playground Equipment, Four Baseball Fields, Fishing Pier, Boat Ramp, Picnic Areas, Two Pavilions, Barbecue Pit, Picnic Tables, Benches, Restrooms.
  • City Island Park [26]
  • Daisy Stocking Park (The Bandshell) [28]
  • Derbyshire Park [29]
  • Jackie Robinson Ballpark [30]
  • Tuscawilla Park [31]
  • J. Saxton LLoyd Riverfront Park [32]
  • Shangri-La Mini Park [33]
  • Samuel Butts Youth Archaeological Park & Recreational Trail [34]
Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL.

Sports Teams

  • 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, [35]. 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 [36].
  • 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.


Do

Major Attractions

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:

  • Daytona Speedweeks
  • 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, [37]. 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) [38] - 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 [39] - 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 [40] - 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.


Other Events:
  • Daytona 200 [41] - 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 [42] - 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 [43] - A classic car show, usually held over a period of four days during Thanksgiving weekend.

Other Attractions

  • Daytona Beach Kennel Club [44], 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 [45] , 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.
  • The Boardwalk
  • Main Street Pier
  • Air Florida Helicopter Rides

Events

  • Bike Week [46] - 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 [47] - 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.

Cinema

  • AMC Volusia Square 8 Theatres, 2455 West International Speedway Blvd., +1 386 258-1146.
  • Ocean Walk Movies 10, 250 North Atlantic Avenue, Ocean Walk Shoppes, +1 386 238-5252.

Cruises

The Halifax Harbor Marina [48] 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, [49], Phone: (386) 254-7560. Paddle wheel boat cruise that launches from the Halifax Harbor Marina. Call for schedule.

Fishing

Fishing boat charters usually originate from nearby Ponce Inlet or New Smyrna Beach.

  • 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.

Golf

There are many golf courses in Daytona Beach and the surrounding area.

  • Daytona Beach City Golf Course, 600 Wilder Blvd. Phone: (386) 258-3119. Two 18-hole courses, North and South.
  • Golf Club At Cypress Head, 6231 Palm Vista Street. Phone: 386 756-5449.
  • Indigo Lakes Golf Club, 312 Indigo Drive. Phone: 386 254-3607.
  • LPGA International Golf Course, 1030 Champions Drive. Phone: 386 274-5742.
  • Pelican Bay Country Club, 550 Sea Duck Drive. Phone: 386 322-7862.
  • Spruce Creek Country Club, 1900 Country Club Drive. Phone: 386 756-6116.

Spa

  • Alluring Hair Designs, 3060 South Atlantic Ave., +1-386 767-2511.
  • Alyses Tropical Salon, 3114-B South Atlantic Ave., +1-386 304-8865. Offers manicures, pedicures, hair cuts and styling, and hair waxing services.
  • Cherises Salon, 3612 South Atlantic Ave., +1-386 760-2035 or +1-386 763-0223, [50]. Offers hair cuts, facials, nail services, massage therapy, and waxing.
  • Fran's Hair Fashion, 3174-B South Atlantic Ave., +1-386 761-1811. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm. Offers hair cuts, manicures, pedicures, silk wrap.
  • Hair Waves, 116 Dunlawton Ave., +1-386 788-2900.
  • Headquarters Hairstyles, 136-D Beachcomber St., +1-386 788-5133. Offers hair cuts, highlights, perms, and facial waxes.
  • Premiere Hair Salon, 3616-E South Atlantic Ave., +1-386 322-4455.

Tennis

  • City Island Tennis Complex, City Island Park - 115 East Orange Ave., Phone: (386) 257-0755. Features Six hard tennis courts. Please call to reserve.
  • USTA Florida [51], 1 Deuce Court, Phone: (386) 671-8900. Features 24 clay courts. Call for times and fees.

Venues

  • Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic Avenue, Phone: (386) 254-4500. [52] 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.

Learn

The life-size Wright Flyer statue at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, FL, USA campus.

Colleges and Universities

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Daytona Beach Community College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Keiser College
  • University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach Campus

Vocational

  • The Airline Academy - Offers flight training for pilots and other airline professionals.
  • WyoTech (formerly AMI) [53] Offers automotive repair, motorcycle repair, and marine repair training.
  • Phoenix East Aviation - Offers flight training for pilots.
  • Keiser College

Work

Buy

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:

Antique shops

  • Arlequin Antiques & Art, 122 South Beach St., (386) 252-5498. Antique shop with art work, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and gift items.
  • Carousel Antiques & Art, 110 North Beach St., (386) 255-1132. Antique shop with art work, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and gift items.
  • Nicole's Beach Street Mall, 140 North Beach St., (386) 252-3033, [54]. 10am-5pm. Antiques Mall with 50 dealers and 14,000 square feet.

Gift shops

There are countless gift shops along the beach drive, Florida Route A1A (Atlantic Avenue) where you can buy souvenir shirts, beach wear, surfing gear, tacky gifts, etc.

  • Maui Nix Surf Shop [55]. Multiple locations along Atlantic Avenue (A1A).
  • Salty Dog Surf Shop [56]. Multiple locations in Daytona Beach.
  • Big Shark Gift Shop [57], 2715 North Atlantic Avenue.

Shopping Malls

Ocean Walk Shoppes in Daytona Beach.
  • Volusia Mall [58], 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 [59], 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. [60]. Open-air shopping center, located in the heart of the beach area.
  • Daytona Beach Flea Market [61], 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 [62] 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.
  • Belnova Plaza
  • Daytona Mall
  • Nova Village Market
  • Pelican Bay Shopping Village
  • Promenade Shopping Center
  • Shops at Beville
  • Volusia Point Center
  • Volusia Square Shopping Center
  • Wal-Mart Super Center

Eat

Budget

  • Dancing Avocado Kitchen, 110 S. Beach Street, (386) 947-2022, Mon - Sat, 8am - 4pm. Vegetarian cuisine.
  • Earl Street Grill, 715 Earl Street, (386) 239-8781. American cuisine.
  • Gateway Restaurant, Corner of Peninsula Drive and East International Speedway Blvd., +1 386 252-1262. Cafe.
  • Sugie's Cafe, 500 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 239-7001. Cafe.

Mid-range

  • Angell and Phelps Cafe, 154 S Beach Street, (386) 252-6531. Cafe. [63] Chocolate Factory tours Monday-Friday.
  • Byron's Grill, 701 N Atlantic Ave, (386) 257-6606. Greek cuisine.
  • Bubba Gump's, 250 North Atlantic Ave., (386) 947-8433, [64].
  • Genes Steak House, 3674 W International Speedway Blvd., Phone: (386) 255-2059. Steaks.
  • Neelam Indian Cuisine, 318 South Atlantic Ave., (386) 238-1022. [65]. Indian cuisine.
  • Pasha Middle East Foods, 919 W International Speedway Blvd., Phone: (386) 257-7753. Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, 501 Seabreeze Blvd., Phone: (386) 257-4477 [66]. Japanese cuisine.
  • Shells Restaurant, 200 S Atlantic Avenue, (386) 258-0007. [67] Seafood cuisine.

Splurge

  • Anna's Italian Restaurant, 304 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 239-9624. Italian cuisine.
  • Carrabbas Italian Grill, 2200 W International Speedway Blvd., Phone: (386) 255-3344. Italian cuisine.
  • Chart House 1100 Marina Point Drive. (386) 255-9022 Overlooking the Marina, this seafood and steak restaurant offers stunning views to match the delicious entrees.

Drink

Pubs and Lounges

  • Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main St., (386) 258-9506, [68]. Biker bar.
  • Daytona Ale House, 2610 W. International Speedway Blvd., (386) 255-2555, [69]. Casual neighborhood tavern, with food and pool tables.
  • Dirty Harry's Pub, 705 Main St., (386) 252-9877, [70]. Biker bar.
  • Froggy's Saloon, 800 Main St., (386) 253-0330, [71]. Biker bar.
  • Main Street Station, 316 Main St., (386) 253-0024, [72]. Biker bar.
  • Oasis Tiki Bar & Grill, 313 South Atlantic Ave. (Inside Fountain Beach Resort), (386) 255-1001. Offers food and drinks; smoking permitted at outside tiki bar.
  • Oyster Pub, 555 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 255-6348, [73]. Popular sports bar.
  • McK's Tavern, 218 South Beach St., (386) 238-3321, [74]. Popular neighborhood tavern.
  • Robbie O'Connell's Pub, 550 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 252-6003, [75]. Irish pub with darts, shuffleboard. Smoking permitted.
  • Savoy Daytona, 546 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 226-5600, [76]. 8pm-2am. Gay/Lesbian bar.
  • Tir Na Nog, 612 E. International Speedway Blvd., (386) 252-8662, [77]. Irish pub with live music.


Night Clubs

  • Bank & Blues Club, 701 Main St., (386) 257-9272, [78]. Dance club, featuring Blues and Rock music.
  • Bonkerz Comedy Club, 2500 N Atlantic Ave. (Inside La Playa Resort & Suites), 386-672-0990, [79]. Comedy club for adults.
  • Diamond Dolls Lounge, 301 Madison Ave., (386) 255-3655, [80]. 7pm-3am. Gentleman's Club
  • Lollipops Lounge, 643 North Grandview Ave., (386) 254-7800, [81]. Gentleman's club
  • Frank's Front Row, 308 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 255-9221, [82]. Club/Lounge featuring local live bands.
  • Molly Brown's Lounge, 542 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 255-5966, [83]. 8pm-3am. Gentleman's club
  • Ocean Deck, 127 South Ocean Ave., (386) 253-5224, [84]. Dance club featuring Reggae music.
  • Razzles Night Club, 611 Seabreeze Blvd., (386) 257-6236, [85]. Dance club popular with the college kids and Spring Breakers.
  • Shark Lounge, 730 E. International Speedway Blvd., (386) 258-1230, [86]. 11am-2am. Gentlemen's Club
  • Tailgaters Sports Bar, 219 South Atlantic Ave., (386) 239-0010, [87]. Sports bar, offering food and drinks, featuring Karaoke daily.

Sleep

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.

For additional lodging, see also: Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach.

Budget

  • Alpine Court Motel, 518 S. Atlantic Ave., Phone: (386) 255-8558. Family owned Motel is in walking distance to restaurants, gift shops and movies. Few steps to the Ocean.
  • America's Best Value [88], 1305 S. Ridgewood Ave., Phone: (386) 252-1142. Economy motel centrally located.
  • Atlantic Economy Inn, 808 South Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 252-4083.
  • Beachside Budget Inn, 1717 North Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 258-6238.
  • Budget Inn of Daytona Beach, 640 South Ridgewood Ave., Phone: +1 386 252-4647.
  • Conch House, 700 North Atlantic Ave. Phone: +1 386 255-3411, Toll Free: +1-800 584-3017 [89]. 80 rooms.
  • Happy Holiday Motel, 1617 N. Atlantic Ave. Phone: +1 386 252-9866.
  • Heritage Inn, 1100 South Ridgewood Ave. Phone: +1 386 255-7000.
  • Lou-Ray Motel [90], 400 South Atlantic Ave., Phone: (386) 253-7202. Economical, two story property offers 14 rooms for lodging.
  • Motel 777, 2401 North Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 255-9920.
  • Parkway Motel, 1369 South Ridgewood Ave. Phone: +1 386 252-6413. Rooms with phones, fridges and microwave. Two miles to beach and race track. Golf and Restaurants nearby. Trailer parking.
  • Pleasure Isle Motel, 1412 S. Atlantic Ave. Phone: +1 386 252-0266.
  • Red Carpet Inn, 1400 North Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 255-4588.
  • Relax Inn, 1225 South Ridgewood Ave., Phone: +1 386 253-5941.
  • Royal Beach Motel, 1601 South Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 255-8341 [91]. 46 rooms.
  • Royal Inn, 810 South Ridgewood Ave., Phone: +1 386 255-7536.
  • Sandman Inn, 1327 South Ridgewood Ave., Phone: +1 386 255-4140.
  • Saxony Inn 35 South Ocean Avenue, Phone: +1 386 252-4703, Toll Free: +1 800 584-3017 [92]. 27 rooms.
  • Seaside Inn, 500 N. Atlantic Avenue, Phone: (386) 253-2562 [93]. 97 rooms.
  • Side O Sea Motel, 1451 N. Atlantic Ave. Phone: +1 386 252-3335.
  • Skyway Motel, 906 South Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 252-7377.
  • Streamline Hotel, 140 South Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 258-6937.
  • Super 8 Oceanfront 133 South Ocean Avenue, Toll Free: +1 800 584-3017 [94]. 76 rooms.
  • Travelers Inn, 735 North Atlantic Ave., Phone: +1 386 253-3501.

Mid-range

  • Americano Beach Resort, 1260 N. Atlantic Ave. Phone: (386) 255-7431, [95]. 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, [96]. 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. [97]. 138 Rooms.
  • Boardwalk Inn & Suites, 301 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 253-8300, Fax: +1 386 255-8277, [98]. 101 Rooms.
  • Courtyard Daytona Beach, 1605 Richard Petty Blvd., +1 386 255-3388, Fax: +1 386 255-3391, [99].
  • Daytona Inn Beach Resort, 219 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 252-3626, Fax: +1 386 255-3680, [100].
  • Desert Inn, 900 North Atlantic Ave. +1 386 258-6555. [101] Offers pool, restaurant, and lounge.
  • Fountain Beach Resort, 313 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 255-7491, Fax: +1 386 255-6667, [102]. 129 rooms.
  • Harbour Beach Resort, 701 South Atlantic Ave. [103]. Oceanfront hotel. Accommodations offer kitchen and a private balcony. Currently under renovation. 159 rooms.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 2620 Int'l Speedway Boulevard, +1 386 258-6333, [104].
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 930 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 255-5494, [105].
  • La Playa Resort, 2500 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 672-0990, [106]. 238 rooms.
  • Mayan Inn, 103 S Ocean Avenue, +1 386 252-2378, Toll-free: +1 800 448-2286 [107]. 110 rooms.
  • Plaza Ocean Club, 640 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 239-9800, [108]. 206 rooms.
  • Ramada Inn Daytona Beach, 1798 International Speedway, +1 800 272-6232, [109].
  • Residence Inn Daytona Beach, 1725 Richard Petty Blvd, +1 386 252-3949, Fax: +1 386 252-2725, [110].
  • Travelodge Ocean Jewels Resort, 935 South Atlantic Avenue, +1 386 252-2581, Fax: +1 386 257-3608, [111].

Splurge

  • Hilton Daytona Beach (formerly the Adams Mark), 100 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 254-8200, [112]. 724 rooms.
  • Ocean Walk Resort, 300 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 323-4800, [113].
  • Plaza Resort and Spa, 600 North Atlantic Ave., +1 386 255-4471, [114]. 313 rooms.

Vacation rentals

  • Adams Cameron Real Estate, 600 S. Atlantic Ave., +1 386 299-5281 (), [115]. Daytona Beach condo vacation rentals.
  • Fun Coast Realty, 313 S. Atlantic Ave., Suite A, +1 386 253-5355 (), [116]. Daytona Beach vacation rentals including condos and homes.
  • McColly Real Estate, 3118 S. Atlantic Ave., +1 386 756-8090 (). Daytona Beach Shores vacation rentals including condos and homes.
  • Peck Realty, 2430 S. Atlantic Ave., +1 386 257-5000 (), [117]. Daytona Beach Shores condo vacation rentals.
  • Waverly Peroperty Group, 3624 S. Atlantic Ave., +1 386 322-3600 (), [118]. Daytona Beach Shores vacation rentals including condos and homes.

Contact

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.

Agencies

  • 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. [119].
  • Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, 126 East Orange Avenue. Tel: (386) 255-0981. Clearinghouse for local information about Daytona Beach. [120].

Internet

It is common for many of the larger hotels and lodgings in the area to offer free internet access for their guests.

Internet Cafes

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd., +1 386 238-1118. Charge for internet access.
  • Daytona Internet Cafe, 820 South Atlantic Ave., +1 386 248-3212 [121]. Charge for internet access.
  • Starbucks Coffee, 2429 North Atlantic Ave (Bellair Plaza), +1 386 672-1203. Free internet access for customers.

Public Libraries

Public libraries in the area offer free computer internet access to Volusia County residents. There is a small charge for non-residents.

  • City Island Library Center, Corner of International Speedway Blvd. and Beach Street, +1 386 257-6036 [122].
  • Cornelia Young Library, 302 Vermont Ave. and Peninsula Drive, +1 386 239-6436.

Stay safe

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.

Cope

Newspapers

  • Daytona Beach News-Journal [123] - 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 [124] - Student college publication of Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.
  • Daytona Beach Pennysaver - Weekly publication with coupons and classified ads.

Radio Stations

There are about 20 radio stations located in Volusia County.

AM

  • WNDB, 1150 AM, Daytona Beach, News/Talk/Sports. Broadcasts live coverage of NASCAR races and other local sporting events.
  • WROD, 1340 AM, Daytona Beach, Standards
  • WMFJ, 1450 AM, Daytona Beach, Religious

FM

  • WCFB, 94.5 FM, Daytona Beach, Urban Adult Contemporary, "Star 94.5"
  • WJHM, 101.9 FM, Daytona Beach, Mainstream Urban, "102 Jamz"

Churches

  • Central Baptist Church, 142 Fairview Avenue. Phone: +1 386 255-2588.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd. Phone: +1 386 255-0433.
  • St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, 300 North Halifax Avenue. Phone: +1 386 253-8180.
  • St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church, 129 North Halifax Avenue. Phone: +1 386 252-6012.
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 216 Orange Avenue. Phone: +1 386 255-3669.
  • First Presbyterian Church, 620 South Grandview Avenue. Phone: +1 386 253-4581.
  • Riverside Presbyterian Church, 801 North Halifax Avenue. Phone: +1 386 253-7884.

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Get out

  • 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.








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