A year round calendar of events earns Daytona Beach the accolade of Festival Capital of Florida. The region hosts over 60 festivals, featuring everything from art, culture and cuisine to motorsports and music. Upcoming events feature monthly lazer rock concerts at the Planetarium, spectator sports and racing rallys, plus regular live music nights including the famous free Bandshell concerts and fireworks all summer long.
No holiday is complete without a trip to the beach and Daytona Beach’s 23 miles of white sands are packed with potential beyond just building sandcastles. There’s plenty of space to soak up some sunshine, take an extended walk, or cycle on special bikes built to tackle sandy terrain. Alternatively, take to the water to enjoy fishing, kayaking or a romantic boat trip along the coastline at sunset.
With around 230 blue-sky days a year, the Sunshine State is all about outdoor living. Due to its seaboard location, Daytona Beach is ideal for beachside alfresco dining almost all year round. Sip a cold drink while enjoying the fresh sea breeze at the Daytona Beach Pier, or savour fresh seafood at one of the many waterfront dining options like Crabby’s Oceanside or Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Bar.
Small gift stores, antique shops and clothing boutiques join quaint art and jewellery shops and luxury and household stores in shopping malls. The Riverfront Shops in Downtown Daytona Beach’s historic Beach Street can be combined with a scenic walk along the new Riverfront Esplanade, or the established Volusia Mall, Tanger Outlets and ONE DAYTONA which will also keep keen shoppers busy.
If fishing and boating are too tame, there’s tons of adrenaline-fuelled watersports on offer too. Get wet and wild by the beach on a parasailing adventure or a paddleboarding trip, or ride the waves on a boogie board or surfboard. Nearby Daytona Lagoon waterpark has fun activities for all ages. Alongside its colourful, winding slides and selection of refreshing swimming pools the park also features mini-golf, laser tag, go-karts and an arcade.
The Daytona Beach area boasts more than 200 properties with new openings every year. Last year saw the debut of The Daytona Grande and Max Beach Resort, but whether clients are looking for luxury or something more cosy, the region has a variety of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, condo hotels, vacation rentals, campgrounds and RV parks for roadtrippers.