As beautiful as the beaches in Miami are, sometimes it’s nice to look at the Atlantic Ocean from a different geographical viewpoint. To do this, you can travel four hours north on Interstate 95 for a fresh look at the coast via Daytona Beach, Florida.
Welcoming close to 8 million visitors annually, Daytona Beach offers miles and miles of beachfront beauty coupled with exciting and historically rich points of interest on the mainland. Find the best in water sports, shopping, restaurants and hotel accommodations and be as close to the city center (or the beach) as you want.
Seasonal events like the Daytona 500 and Biketoberfest bring in exceptionally large crowds from all over to enjoy the themed festivities. However, the city sees a year-round influx of visitors looking to soak up the sun in the virtually crystal clear Atlantic, and to get a look at the headquarters of the world famous NASCAR.
Speaking of NASCAR, visitors can take a tour of the Daytona International Speedway, where the world’s greatest drivers have been victorious (you can learn about the triumph and tragedy of Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt). For family fun, Daytona Lagoon is a guaranteed hit. Go aquatic at the water park, have a PGA moment at the miniature golf course, or take a quick spin in a go-kart. Indulge in the sweet taste of chocolate with a truffle and a tour at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, operating since 1925.
A long list of hotels, motels and other lodging offer highly desirable accommodations with amazing ocean views comparable only to a balcony view on a cruise ship. Wyndham Hotels and Hilton Hotels, for example not only fit this description with stellar resort facilities and impeccable service, both are connected to the highly popular OceanWalk Shoppes, an outdoor center complete with shopping, dining and a movie theater. You can stroll in and out of shops, or even an ice cream parlor with the sound of the waves literally just feet away.
No matter what your palate craves, Daytona Beach can meet the need with a unique range of dining options. Choices like Hog Heaven BBQ, Aunt Catfish’s On the River, Robbie O’Connell’s Pub and The Cellar Restaurant give you ample choices from casual to upscale, from comfort food to five-star cuisine.
What’s been mentioned is just a sample of what the fabulous coastal city has to offer. Take a trip and experience for yourself why Daytona Beach, Florida is known as “The World’s Most Famous Beach.”