Daytona Beach: A Classic Florida Beach
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Daytona Beach has miles of pristine beaches lined with hotels and tourist attractions. This classic beach features bigger waves and firmer sand than Florida's Gulf Coast beaches, making it a perfect beach for sand castle building and boogie boarding. It is one of the few beaches in Florida that you can still park your car.
Fun: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (out of 5)
Difficulty: VERY EASY Easy Moderate Hard Very Hard
Distance: Quick walk from a beach-side parking lot, hotel or parking right on the beach
Time: 1 hour to all-day
When to Go: Anytime of the year
Free to $10 depending on where you park.
Bathrooms at Sun Splash Park or public bathrooms near drive ramps to beach at Granada Blvd. (SR 40) and the Cardinal Drive.
Many ocean-side restaurants
THINGS TO BRING
Snacks and Water
Beach toys, tent, chairs if desired
Boogey boards, skim boards, floaties, etc.
Frisbee, football, etc.
Daytona beach is my favorite Florida Atlantic Coast Beach. I feel like sometimes it has a reputation of a scandalous spring break party beach. However, I visited Daytona Beach at several different times of the year, even spring break, and never experienced this. It is a great way to experience Florida’s East Coast with your family.
When compared to Florida’s Gulf Coast Beaches, Daytona Beach has firmer, darker sand and bigger waves. The firm sand allows for great sand castle building, biking and a game of Frisbee. We loved playing in the bigger waves and brought our boogie boards with each visit. This is a beach where surfing is available. Boogie boards and surf boards are available at several surf shops along the beach.
Daytona Beach is lined with hotels, restaurants, a boardwalk, piers and a small amusement park. Definitely a fun place to take a beach-side stroll.
You can either pay $10 to drive right on the beach or park in a nearby parking lot. Parking right on the beach was fun and it was nice to have access to our vehicle so close. We often times parked at Sun Splash Park right off the beach because it was free. The kids also loved playing at the playground here and I liked being close to bathrooms. There were also water spouts to wash the sand off your legs and feet here.
My husband and his brothers drove early one morning to watch the sunrise at Daytona Beach. So beautiful! There are many hotels along the beach with gorgeous sunrise views for reasonable prices.
A must while visiting Daytona Beach is to visit or drive by the Daytona International Speedway. It is huge! I was in shock. Paid tours are available to see the inside.
We ate dinner at the Cruisin Café where you get to eat in a real race car. The kids absolutely loved it!
You could easily spend an entire family vacation just in the Daytona area. Besides the beach, there are several other near-by places to go:
Manatees at Blue Springs State Park
PROS & CONS
Classic tourist beach atmosphere
Drive and park right on beach
Waves large enough for boogy boarding and surfing
Many other activities nearby
Water isn’t clear due to waves
Not a lot of shelling opportunities
Can become crowded on weekends
Daytona Beach is on Florida's Atlantic coast, north of Orlando. We parked for free at the Sun Splash Park located 611 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. You can also take a car ramp a block north of the Sun Splash Park and drive right on to the beach.
OTHER NEARBY ADVENTURES
Blue Springs State Park (40 minutes)
Kennedy Space Center (1 hour)
Disney World (1 hour and 15 minutes)
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