Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, USA. According to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city has a population of 64,421. Daytona Beach is a principal city of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which the census bureau estimated had a 2006 population of 496,575. Daytona Beach is a prinicipal city in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida.
The city is historically known as having one of the few beaches in the world where the hard packed sand allows motorized vehicles to drive on the beach in restricted areas. This hard packed sand made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, with the old Daytona Beach Road Course having hosted races for over 50 years. This course was replaced in 1959 by the Daytona International Speedway. The city is also the headquarters for NASCAR and the Grand American Road Racing Association.
Daytona Beach is a year-round family-friendly resort area, but could also accurately be called a seasonal town, with large groups of out-of-towners descending upon the city for various events, most notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. Other events include the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race in July, Bike Week in early March, Biketoberfest in mid October. In the past Daytona Beach catered to spring breakers, but in recent years most of the vacationers have migrated to other sites, like Panama City Beach.
What to see and do
The Daytona Beach area has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for folks of all ages. Daytona Beach is famous for its beaches and motorsports, but the area also offers an abundance of shopping, nightlife, cultural events, and sporting activities, making it the perfect family vacation spot.
The beaches in the Daytona Beach area are always open and free to pedestrians! Cars are allowed on the beach in designated areas from sunrise to sunset depending on tidal conditions.
Daytona Beach offers a wide range of shopping, dining & nightlife activities. From quaint antique stores and downtown collections to major shopping centers, weve got all your shopping needs covered.
From Daytona International Speedway to the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, there's plenty of things to do and places to see in the Daytona Beach area. Be sure to bring your camera!
Daytona Beach has a surprisingly diverse cultural side. There's almost always some kind of performance or exhibit going on! Click here and see what catches your eye.
Our expansive beaches make it possible to enjoy swimming and scuba diving, but that's not all you can do. Come enjoy our expansive golf courses or cheer for the home team at the baseball stadium.
The Daytona Beach area is a perfect destination for a wedding. Couples who want a getaway filled with sun, surf, and romance can choose from many unique venues and services available to help plan that special day.
Rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit and treat yourself to a day of pampering at one of the area's spas.