Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Daytona Beach in Florida
Daytona Beach is located on the Atlantic Coast in Volusia County, Florida. Daytona Beach is a year round resort area known for it's wide beaches and as a destination for young beach goers especially college students on spring break. Daytona Beach is also famous as the home of NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway and the large bike festivals held each year, the Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest. These seasonal events greatly increase the number of tourists in Daytona Beach which is quite active with tourists year round
There are a number of other beach towns near and adjacent to Daytona Beach. Many are quieter and cater as much to Central Florida residents as tourists These include New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Port Orange and Ormond Beach.
The Daytona Beach area has a large variety of activities and entertainment. While Daytona Beach is famous for its beaches and motor sports, the area also offers plenty of shopping, nightlife, festivals and other cultural events and is very popular with family vacationers visiting nearby Central Florida attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld near Orlando.
Water is everywhere in the Daytona Beach area. In addition to sunbathing, surfing and swimming at the beach, visitors will find access to kayaking, parasailing, "banana boat" rides, airboat rides, casino ship cruises and even a scenic riverboat excursion. There are plenty of boat rentals, boat tours and boat charters to choose from. At Daytona Beach you’ll find everything from fishing boat charters to jet ski rentals. Freshwater and saltwater diving and snorkeling are also found in the Daytona Beach area. The area has shipwrecks and the popular rock-ledge reef for divers.
There is plenty of Florida wildlife for sightseers to enjoy from dolphins off the shore to large water birds such as pelicans and cranes. Sightseers will also find many beautiful estates along the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.
The Daytona Beach area has some of the best fishing in Florida. There are several annual fishing tournaments including the Daytona Beach Striking Tournament in May. Offshore fishing is offered by a fleet of deep-sea fishing boats departing daily from the Ponce Inlet marinas at nearby New Smyrna Beach. There is inshore fishing along the flats and estuaries of the Halifax and Indian Rivers as well as the world famous ‘Mosquito Lagoon”, known for producing the world’s largest redfish.
Daytona Beach was founded in 1870 and named for its founder, Matthias Day. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and "Seabreeze" merged as "Daytona Beach" in 1926 and became known as "The World's Most Famous Beach."
Daytona Beach is located at the southern end of the Southern culture in Florida. The architecture of its older homes and accents of its older, native born residents are reminders of its Southern culture while increasing migration from Northern states makes the Daytona Beach area very diverse. There are also a large number of visitors and residents from around the world seeking warm Florida weather and sunshine.