Daytona Travel Guide

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Daytona Area Map

Neighborhoods

Daytona Beach is located on Florida's eastern coast and is split into east and west sides by the Halifax River.

The Daytona International Speedway takes up the majority of the mainland part of the city to the west of the river. Neighboring the Daytona Beach Airport, the speedway hosts many NASCAR and stock car races throughout the year. You'll also find a small collection of museums on the this side of the river. Travelers recommend the city's Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS), which can be found just east of the airport and Speedway. East of the MOAS, the Halifax Historical Museum boasts local artifacts that date back to 5000 B.C.

The Halifax River forms a barrier island that consists of the second half of the city. Once you cross the river via a collection of bridges, you'll come upon the Atlantic-facing beaches, where you can drive and park your car along the sand. A number of hotels and boardwalk-type shops and restaurants are also on this side of the river along Atlantic Avenue. The area's Ocean Walk Village hosts restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

In the middle of the island is Daytona Lagoon. Popular with families, the area has an amusement park, minigolf and go-carts, as well as a wave pool.

At the very southern tip of this skinny strip of land is the sleepy town of Ponce Inlet a great spot to fish. Book a seat on a charter boat, and cast your line in the inlet or sea. While in the area, consider visiting the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum here.

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