Daytona Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Motor mouths NASCAR races and motorcycle weeks bring a fun and, at times, rougher crowd. Keep your kids close if you don't want them to learn some colorful language.
- Prohibition on the beach Daytona may be a party town, but bringing alcohol or glass bottles to the beach will earn you a not-so-fun fine.
- Year-round rush hour The events at Daytona (including college breaks) pack the calendar all year. If you're looking for a low-key stay, find one of the weeks when nothing is scheduled.
Hearing "20 miles of beachfront" will tempt many vacation-seekers, but the typical Daytona beachgoer usually has something else in mind. Despite recent efforts to appeal to families (Orlando, amusement park central, is just an hour away), Daytona annually attracts thousands of visitors in search of speed and spring break. And although many college kids have moved to trendier locales (Miami Beach, for one), this east Florida city still remains a frequented spot. Its reputation as the "it" party place has welcomed a different type of celebratory atmosphere — the ever-expanding NASCAR empire. Best known for the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona draws travelers who hope to see their favorite race car drivers up close.
Residents and visitors alike share a passion for all motor vehicles. Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest are regular events that bring thousands to the shore. In addition, supercross and kart racing take place regularly. People love their cars so much that vehicles are actually allowed on the beach. So gather your family or your friends, pile into your car and motor down to the sand. It's sure to be a high-octane vacation.
How To Save Money in Daytona
- Proximity pricing Hotel rates will climb as you get closer to the beach or the speedway. Look between the two for cheaper options.
- Avoid NASCAR Fanatic fans will pay just about anything to get what they want. Don't get lumped into their escalated hotel rates by visiting during a race.
- Advanced ticket sales If you are coming to Daytona for a specific event, buy your tickets well in advance because thousands of others will be in line before you.
Daytona Culture & Customs
Even if you're not a car aficionado, the laid-back atmosphere offers a great setting for a quick getaway. While it's generally not appropriate to wear beachwear around town, you won't need to get fancy with your wardrobe; you'll have no problem blending in wearing shorts and a T-shirt.