Daytona Beach is iconic for cars on the beach, spring break and the Daytona 500. It is also a widely known vacation spot for families. Known as the “World’s Most Famous Beach” it is about 50 miles from Orlando, close enough for a stop to relax from the theme parks and actually see the Atlantic Ocean. For a fun and successful trip, follow these tips for a family trip to Daytona Beach:
1. Daytona Beach is Crowded during Peak Season. Since it is in the northern part of Florida, the hot weather season is shorter than say Miami Beach. Peak season is May to September. Other jam-packed times are spring break, Bike Week in March and during the Daytona 500 and 400. Hotels may be booked or overpriced. Stay during low season or make reservations well in advance.
2. Watch for Cars. Since it is startling to see cars driving on the beach even for adults, children may forget. Keep an eye on your children at all times so they don’t dart out into the driving lane.
3. Consider Nearby Slower Paced Beaches. Adjacent beaches to Daytona are close enough via a quick drive if you
want some quiet time. Consider Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach.
4. Take Advantage of the Activities. Daytona International Raceway offers various tours for a fee. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Park is part history, dining and watersports. Check out mini golf, an amusement park, museums and much more.
5. Daytona Beach is Accessible. Many beach ramps are handicap accessible. Cars with handicapped stickers or tags are free. All others must pay a $5/day fee. Beach wheelchairs are free, but limited, from Lifeguards or Beach Patrols. Call the Volusia County Beach Management Department at (386) 239-SURF for more information. You can also rent a beach wheelchair.
6. Be Frugal About Beach Rentals. Sure you can rent beach chairs, umbrellas and all sorts of beach stuff, but, it can burn a hole in your wallet. Instead of renting, buy. Go to Walmart and get some cheap chairs, floats, a beach canopy, etc. Pack beach towels. Then be a Good Samaritan and leave the chairs for the next travelers.
Daytona Beach, Florida, is exciting place for a family trip. Spend time on the beach, eat from a food truck and watch the cars drive by. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
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