Located just 55 miles from Orlando and around 80 miles south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is a town in Florida that is known for its scenic beaches and its involvement in car racing. Daytona beaches, as well as the neighboring community of Ormond Beach, were once prime destinations for spring breakers, although the destination hasn't been as popular with spring breakers in recent years. Daytona beaches, which make up 23 miles of Florida's coastline, have lifeguard-patrolled areas for swimming, picnic areas, and a number of souvenir shops and T-shirt stands that are typically found in Florida beach towns.
The world famous beaches in Daytona beach attract millions of visitors each year. The beaches are home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals that are explored by scuba divers and snorkelers. From May 1 to October 31, Daytona beaches serve as a nesting ground for baby sea turtles that lay their eggs in the sand every night. Two months after laying their eggs, hundreds of sea turtles emerge and make their way into the ocean. Daytona Beach has taken several measures to protect the turtles, such as regulating parking and driving along the beach during the nesting season.
Daytona beaches are well-maintained and offer ample
parking spaces and picnic facilities. They also have restroom
facilities, showers, playgrounds, and picnic facilities,
charcoal grills, and drinking fountains. Many of the beaches
are completely handicapped accessible. Frank Rendon Park,
for example, has a wheelchair accessible beach walkway
and observation deck. Visitors can also rent specially
designed wheelchairs that are designed to go through sand.
Daytona beach shores are packed with playgrounds, volleyball courts, and miniature golf courses. If you're looking for a beach that kids would enjoy, take them to Sun Splash Park, located on South Atlantic Avenue. The lifeguard patrolled beach has roped off areas for swimming and snorkeling as well as a wide area of sand that is perfect for having a picnic or building a sand castle. Like many of the area beaches, most of the activity at Sun Splash Park occurs on the shore. The beach has a shaded playground, several volleyball courts, and an interactive water fountain designed especially for kids. There are also modern restroom facilities, outdoor showers, and concession stands.
Just ten miles north of Daytona Beach is the beautiful community of Ormond Beach. Ormond Beach is known for its clean beaches and fishing piers where amateurs as well as professional anglers have great luck catching fish. Besides being one of the top places for Florida fishing, Ormond Beach has low incoming tides that are ideal for surfing, although the conditions aren't as ideal as the ones at nearby New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet.The beaches of Ormond Beach are patrolled by lifeguards and have restroom and shower facilities as well as picnic pavillions.
South of Daytona Beach you'll find the communities of Ponce Inlet, Wilbur by the Sea, and New Smyrna Beach. The towns have miles of lifeguard-patrolled beaches that are ideal for swimming and surfing. Ponce Inlet contains Florida's largest lighthouse, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station. The station was built in 1887 during the time when the area was known as the Mosquito Inlet. The landmark is visited by nearly 125,000 people each year and is designated as a national historical landmark. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a beautiful view of the beaches in Daytona Beach as well as the nearby Halifax River.
Although the beaches can get crowded during the weekends,
many of the Daytona beaches remain low-key even during
the busy season. Beaches in Daytona Beach have free parking
and have areas where you can drive right up to the beach.
This is convenient for anyone with low mobility who wishes
to visit the beach but has trouble walking from a parking
lot to the beach. Nearby are also many Daytona
beach hotels if you want to stay in close proximity
to the action.