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Daytona Beach Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Daytona BeachWhere to Stay
A number of the budget lodgings in Daytona Beach are located on Atlantic Avenue close to the beach. Another grouping of hotels is located closer to the racetrack, including the Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach which overlooks the track. Among the rental accommodations on the beach is the Wyndham Ocean Walk resort with facilities such as apartments with multiple bedrooms, outdoor pools and a golf simulator.
Caution: Rates increase significantly during special events in the city, so plan ahead.
What to Eat
Atlantic Avenue along the beach houses a number of fast food chain restaurants, and many have a high turnover rate. For an alternative, try The Dancing Avocado Kitchen, which offers vegetarian food at budget prices. A number of high-end restaurants, like Anna's Trattoria and Chez Paul, serve up American, Italian, and French cuisine.
Caution: Restaurants get more crowded on weekends and during special city events.
Things to See
Daytona Beach is the area's famous attraction, located along 24 miles of sand and separated from the mainland by the Halifax River. The Main Street Pier is where many of the restaurants and bars are located. The Daytona International Speedway is the other main attraction, which holds a number of major racing events including those involving sports cars, pickup trucks, and motorcycles.
Take It or Leave It: Cars can be driven on the beach in Daytona.
Places to Party
Many popular bars, like The Boot Hill Saloon and the Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club, are located along the beach on Main Street and Seabreeze Boulevard. Dance clubs in Daytona Beach feature live music and bands playing everything from blues and Western music to reggae. Musicals and orchestral performances staged at venues like The Peabody Auditorium offer an alternative to the club scene.
Hot Tips: A number of local publications post listings of upcoming events.
Where to Shop
The beach strips have a number of shops. Beach Street contains antique stores, fashion stores and souvenir vendors. Several shops on the street also cater to motorcycle aficionados, with Harley dealerships and leather accessory stores. The Daytona Flea and Farmer's Market is a large market selling antiques, clothing and handbags at bargain prices.
Hot Tips: The Daytona Flea market is open from Friday through Sunday year-round.
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About Daytona Beach
With over twenty miles of wide sandy beach, wall-to-wall motels, and inviting aquamarine water, Daytona is the ultimate beach town and one of the biggest draws in Florida. Over the years it has earned a reputation as a party town, thanks to the decadent weeklong bacchanal known as Spring Break, when half-a-million college students descend on Daytona. In recent years, however, the city has gone to great lengths to suppress this annual ritual. Daytona's other big draw is auto racing. The Daytona International Speedway hosts a number of high-profile racing events, most notably the world-famous Daytona 500 in February. Motorsports fans can visit the impressive Daytona USA, which is a $20 million dollar racing museum featuring celebrated racecars and interactive displays. Each fall, bikers have their day at the annual four-day Biketoberfest.