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Why Go To Daytona Beach

Hearing "23 miles of beachfront" will tempt many vacation-seekers, but the typical Daytona Beach visitor usually has something else in mind. Despite efforts to appeal to families (Orlando, amusement park central, is just an hour south), Daytona Beach annually attracts millions 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 NASCAR empire. Best known for the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach 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 Beach 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.

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Daytona Beach is between March and May. You'll miss the crowded Speedweeks, a series of events and races leading up to the Daytona 500. Plus, the tourism hangover from busy February will reward you with cheap rates. You will encounter crowds during Bike Week in March, and find some students partying in the area during March and April, especially when spring break is in full swing. What's more, the weather is unbelievably pleasant – typically in the 70s during the day.

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What You Need to Know

  • 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 Beach 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 Beach (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.

How to Save Money in Daytona Beach

  • 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 Beach for a specific event, buy your tickets well in advance because thousands of others will be in line before you.

What to Eat

With Daytona Beach welcoming a continuous stream of diverse visitors – from families to spring breakers to auto racing fans – it's no surprise that this town caters to a variety of taste buds. Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River, it should also be no surprise that fresh seafood (think: raw oysters and gator bites) is never in short supply.

Those kicking off a lazy day at the beach might consider one of Daytona Beach’s brunch spots – including Crabby Joe’s on the Sunglow Pier, where you can enjoy a crab cake benedict while watching fisherman walk by en route to their next catch. Later, take a break from the sand and surf at one of Daytona Beach's many ice cream parlors. Local favorites (like Cow Lick’s Homemade Ice Cream and Arcade) offer a variety of flavors and toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth. Looking for a fun way to end your day? Head over to Caribbean Jack's to soak in the sounds of live music and gaze at the gorgeous marina views over cocktails and dinner.

If you're a landlubber seeking an upscale meal in a laid-back atmosphere, check out Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse; diners say their steak is grilled to perfection. For those coming off a day at the speedway, the ribs and pulled pork at Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q rarely disappoint. This causal, friendly establishment is an absolute must during Bike Week, when you can watch bikes zoom by while enjoying your meal.

Meanwhile, fans of craft beer and artisan spirits will want to follow the Ale Trail. Start with a flight at the Daytona Beach Brewing Company, and then grab a bite at one of the food trucks stationed outside.

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Getting Around Daytona Beach

The best way to get around Daytona Beach is by car, so bring your most impressive set of wheels to roll around this automobile-obsessed city. And enjoy the fact that unless it's a race day, traffic shouldn't be problem. Also, remember: you can drive on the beach. For a small daily fee, you can drive and park on the sand in designated places. Consult the Volusia County website for more details.

If you're flying, you should consider flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is about 70 miles south of Daytona Beach. The Orlando airport has a large terminal with commercial and low-fare flights, and the Daytona Beach-Orlando Transit Service shuttles tourists back and forth. If you're lucky, you might find a flight into tiny Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). The Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) is another option, about 35 miles south of Daytona Beach.

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You'll want to claim your spot in the sand early if you want to be the daily rush at Daytona Beach.

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