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Daytona Beach – A great day out
Daytona Beach is one of Florida’s most popular east coast beaches and spans approximately 23 miles along the eastern coast of Florida. It is simply a must if you want to experience a totally different style beach from those you may have experienced.
What makes it different is that it is permitted to drive and park right on the beach. Visitors and residents enjoy the comforts of having everything at hand in the vehicle and set out their chairs, umbrellas or beach towels right next their car. This makes it a perfect location for a picnic. Just take a cool box – available quite cheaply at Walmarts- to keep your food and drink cool and spend the day there. There are also food stalls where you can buy hot dogs or ice cream and drinks.
This is also a great place if you like surfing and there are lifeguards on hand should you need assistance. You can even rent a beach buggy and cruise along the beach front.
There are a host of water sports for you to try, jet skiing, windsurfing, boating or parasailing and of course just swimming. There are also some boat rides in the area for those looking for quieter activities. The boardwalk’s amusement park provides thrilling rides and games and makes a change from the high tech rides at Disney.
Daytona beach also has some back to nature reserves, historical attractions and museums as well as venues for the cultural arts. The area also provides many tourist shops and restaurants, mini-golf or rounds of golf on one of its golf courses.
Daytona is most famous for the Daytona International Speedway where the Daytona 500 NASCAR race is held each year where speeds of up to 200 miles per hour are commonplace. If you happen to be in Florida in March, Daytona holds bike week. The streets are packed with leather-clad bikers riding their customised Harley Davidson motorbikes.
If you are looking for something different to do from visiting theme parks then Daytona has it all. Whether you are looking for action packed water sports or the more relaxing sport of “sunbathing” this is the place to visit. The speed limit on the beaches is extremely low and rigorously regulated, however if you have small children and are at all worried about their safety, then Flagler beach to the north may be more suitable as they do not allow driving on the beach.
Whatever you choose, Daytona is a fun day out for all ages and tastes.
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