At first glance you might think Daytona is schizophrenic. On the one hand, much of its business is based on family-fied beach vacations: sun, sand, putt-putt golf and filling but uninspired food. But it’s also host to special events that are decidedly adult: Bike Week in February and March, Spring Break, Biketoberfest in the fall and the semi-nude Boot Hill Saloon year-round. Florida Spring Break 2013: Join our road trip across the stateIn between the extremes, it’s also the capital of the stock car racing circuit; the Daytona 500 is the coveted jewel of NASCAR. Daytona resident Big Bill France not only founded the Daytona International Speedway, he also founded NASCAR. If it involves internal combustion engines and competition, it happens in Daytona. There is a sophisticated side to the city but you have to hunt it down; Daytona prides itself on not being pretentious. What it does offer is plenty of beach bars, backbeat rock bands (the Allman Brothers worked out their chops here before...See More going global), outstanding boating and fishing, and easy access to a panoply of old-time coastal pleasures. This is one of the few places in Florida where you can drive your car on the beach; you turn down the access ramp, pay a few bucks at the guard booth and roll right out onto the sand. If you want to have a good time without spending your life’s savings and never have to put on anything dressier than a clean pair of shorts and leather flips, this is for you. See Less
Don't know where to go? Check out our 2 and 7 Day Itineraries to get an idea of what you could do in this great city!
2 DAY ITINERARY
1Before it gets too warm, take your tour of the Daytona International Speedway. You’ll walk the stands and play in the Daytona 500 Experience. If your courage (and wallet) are up to it, drive a race car yourself at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
1Sleep in, then pack a lunch and drive up to Marineland mid-morning. Swim with the dolphins.
2Afterward, drive the few miles to Fort Matanzas to see how the Spanish soldiers who manned the outpost lived, and ask yourself, “How bad did these guys have to screw up at St. Augustine to get sent down here?”
3From the Fort, drive onto the beach on the north side of Matanzas Inlet and enjoy your lunch, then just lay out until the sun sucks every bit of tension from your body.