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Daytona Beach (1)
Daytona Beach may not be renowned as the prettiest beach in Florida, or indeed the United States, but it has to be one of the most fun beaches with so much to do and watch! And it’s legendary throughout the world for being able to drive right onto the sand!
The temperature averages 59 degrees in the winter months to 78 degrees in the summer. Atlantic Ocean breezes keep the climate mild during the cooler months whilst these same light winds keep the beach cool during the very warm summer months.
We had great fun driving our four wheel vehicle on the sand. And it’s a brilliant convenience – especially if you have children. Our car was packed full with a small tent for shade, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, food and drink, books, ipods, buckets and spades… we did manage to leave the kitchen sink at home, though! You can choose to stay close to the car or move nearer to the sea which is not far away either. If you want you can take a grill to use you can but alcohol is not permitted on the beach. Dogs are allowed is specific areas.
We were kept amused throughout our stay. Apart from swimming, relaxing and building sandcastles, we were kept amused by those who hired quad bikes, golf cart vehicles, dune buggies and go-karts/r-wheelers travelling up and down a designated area of the beach.
There are many places to rent water sport equipment if you are feeling active. Beach parasailing is available from heights of 800 feet up to 2000 feet. This can be done on your own or double or with three of you. Banana boat rides can be organised – enormously entertaining whizzing through the sea.
If you don’t have your own beach chairs don’t worry! These too can be hired along with umbrellas, boogie boards and surf boards! Hope you’re feeling energetic.
If this still isn’t enough for you why not try a cruise through the inter-coastal waterways – some offer lunch or dinner on board. There’s also fishing – either from a boat or yacht – or why fish from Sunglow Pier where rods and reels can be rented whilst bait is available too.
The beach is open throughout the year. From November to April it opens one hour after sunrise until one hour before sunset. During May – October the time is a little shorter 8am until 7pm to protect the sea turtles as these creatures use Daytona Beach as one of their nesting grounds.
Daytona Beach is used by Green Turtles which are an endangered species in Florida. These wonderful protected animals emerge from the sea at night and lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand. They then return to the sea. Around two months later about a hundred baby turtles, called hatchlings, pop out of these nests in the sand and make their way to the sea.
Daytona beach is open to pedestrians as well as those with cars, or guests staying on the beachfront. To take your car it’s $5 and just $3 after 3pm.
Have a good visit!
Author: Denise and Nigel Taylor (Villa link: click here)
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