DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA

By: Nancy Baker Faul
Daytona Beach, Florida! What a place to be in the spring and summer. Beautiful white sand beaches that the city officials let you drive your vehicles on. There are numerous restaurants to tantalize your taste buds with all forms of cuisine. Daytona is a place where you can play miniature golf or the “big boy” kind while gazing at the beckoning Atlantic Ocean and tall, stately palms. The World Golf Hall of Fame is in nearby St. Augustine.
Unlike many beach towns, vacationers seem to be part of the family when they enter businesses and shops. Antiques are easy to find and the HUGE flea market is just a stone’s throw from the world famous Daytona 500 Speedway.
Whether you are traveling alone or in a gigantic group you can enjoy some of the best tourism sites n the country. Take a few laps around the oval course that made stars out of men like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart. The track is only a few minutes from the best hotels on the beach and offers tours for the entire family. You can walk into the drivers meeting room, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garages and even stand in Gatorade Victory lane! Kids under 5 get the tour for FREE.
If racing isn’t your thing you can take a cruise aboard your choice of vessels in the area. Fishing is great in this Atlantic town that is part of a strip of sand that runs 47 miles along the east coast. You can charter a boat or even rent a boat for the day and explore the inland waterways, lagoons and intracoastal areas. You might even land a big redfish or get into a test of wills with a feisty tarpon.
For the motorcycle enthusiast we highly recommend that you not miss a ride on “The Loop”. This wonder of nature will take you under a canopy of jungle-like oaks and indigenous trees that are full of wildlife. The dappled sunlight gives way to a gorgeous marsh view when you exit the canopy of trees. Great Blue Herons, reptiles, pelicans and even the odd Florida black bear can all be seen if your timing is right.
Festival goers flock to this town rich in history and sunshine. Thousands of malls, specialty shops, museums and state parks add to the pull that people feel toward this unique place. Lodging is as cut-rate or as high-class as you want. Options are endless when it comes to finding a place to rest your weary head. When you dine in one of Daytona’s seafood restaurants don’t forget to ask the staff for tips on places to go and the freshest food to order. Most eateries have a fresh catch of the day and many places offer down-home good cooking from barbecue to thick, grilled steaks and homemade desserts.
When you check in at your choice of spa/resort, hotel, bed and breakfast or private rental cottage please check out the flyers that you will often find in the lobby. Many of them offer coupons and discounts that can really save you lots of money.
For information on the Daytona area you can contact the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-854-1234 or 386-255-0415. Look them up on the web at http://www.daytonabeach.com or info@daytonabeach.com.
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