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Daytona Beach - Alternative day out
When looking for a day out away from the hustle and bustle of Disney why not look towards the Florida coastline to get away from it all. The East coast of Florida is around 1 hour from Orlando and is within easy reach due to the excellent freeways that take you there.
The part of the East coast I am going to talk about is Daytona and surrounding area. Daytona is well renowned for its World famous speedway circuit; however it is the beach area that draws in the mass crowds. Mile after mile of flat sandy beach area is the main attraction and due to the beach being on the coast it tends to have more sun in the summer months than the Orlando area.
We tend to go to Daytona beach in our second week of our holiday once we have done a few of the Disney or Universal Theme parks and are looking to do something a little different rather than the rides and attractions. We always tell guests no matter how hard they think they are to day on day on at the parks it is always nice to be able to get away and recharge the batteries! Daytona offers this in spades.
When you arrive at the beach you might start to look for somewhere to park the car, you have 2 options at Daytona Beach. Either park in the large car parks or take your car onto the beach with you. What sets Daytona Beach apart from other Florida Beaches is the fact you can drive your car onto the beach and park it right next to you while you set up your chairs and towels. For many having their car right next to them is really good as you can then leave a lot of items in the car knowing they are locked up and at hand if you need them. For those that do take their own cars onto the beach there is a word of warning though! Make sure you do not stray too far off the track, otherwise you get stuck and then have to wait for the patrol to come by and pull you out! Something we only know too well! ! ! !
When you are set up there is so much to do on the beach. Body boarding is the newest craze and seems to attract the younger generation along with hiring a quad bike and taking a trip up and down the coast. You can also hire pedlo boats and jet skis from the beach and these tend to be not as expensive as you would pay if going to Europe of the West coast of Florida.
If you are after food there are plenty of fast food outlets and restaurants along the coast. There is even a mobile ice cream and burger van that come along every so often should you feel hungry.
If you are after a day away from the parks, Daytona Beach really is a must to visit. There is plenty on offer for everyone and you can do as much or as little as you want. All we will say is it is a great place to recharge your batteries before hitting the parks again and should be on anyone’s itinerary
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