Information & Facts
Daytona's 23 miles (37km) of gently shelving Atlantic beaches
with their fine-grain white sand provide hours of fun in the sun
for holidaymakers, even during the winter months. All are lined
with hire vendors providing equipment for a myriad of water and
beach sports, from surfboards to fishing tackle. Beachfront parks
provide softball and volleyball courts, playgrounds and picnic
areas. Between May and October visitors are delighted when the area
beaches play host to sea turtles that come ashore at night to lay
eggs in nests dug into the sand. The most popular attraction in
Daytona is the International Speedway, which hosts exciting events
throughout the year. There are numerous other associated
motorsports attractions, including simulators, go-karting, video
arcades and museums, in the area. History buffs can visit a variety
of places of interest like the home of John D Rockefeller, the
ruins of the first steam-powered sugar mill in Florida, or the
downtown Halifax Historic Museum. The possibilities for excursions
are almost endless, with central Florida's renowned theme parks at
Orlando just over an hour's drive away.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
To enjoy a holiday at Daytona Beach requires a great deal of
energy if you are determined to see and do all that is available.
The beaches do become crowded during peak periods, and it is
preferable to stay away during major events like Speed Week, the
Daytona 500 Nascar race in February, Bike Week during March and the
Pepsi 400 in July unless you specifically want to be involved in
these. Spring Break also draws thousands of young students to the
area. Public transport is somewhat lacking, and visitors planning
to make the most of their holiday require a hire car.
From Blues bars to funky dance clubs, holiday visitors will find
Daytona Beach has it all in good measure when the bright lights
come on along Main Street and Seabreeze Boulevard. Being a
favourite destination for leather-clad bikers, particularly during
the annual 'Bike Week', and a hot spot for college students during
Spring Break, the area has hundreds of bars, some offering topless
shows and live music. A favourite beachfront hangout for more than
40 years is the Ocean Deck Restaurant and Beach Club where locals
and tourists of all ages gather and live bands play after 9.30pm.
The historic Riverfront Marketplace also has some good venues, like
Martinis on the Bay. Sport's Bars are a hot favourite, like the
Oyster Pub in Daytona Beach and Houligan's Irish Sports Pub in
The Daytona resort area is extremely well supplied with
restaurants of varying standards serving a wide variety of food,
from sloppy fries to fancy French fare. For a 'top of the world'
dining experience many holiday visitors are drawn to the Top of
Daytona restaurant on the 29th floor in South Atlantic Avenue. Here
the American and Continental specialities are served up with a
breathtaking view of the coastline. Another favourite with visitors
because of its picturesque setting and unpretentious 'old Florida'
atmosphere (meals are served on tin plates) is Aunt Catfish's on
the River, in Halifax Drive, Port Orange. This establishment
specialises in fresh seafood and ribs. Motorsport fans favour the
Cruisin' Café Bar and Grill in Atlantic Boulevard, which is not
only a restaurant but a museum as well, exhibiting more than a
million dollars' worth of original racing memorabilia. The menu
includes burgers, wings, steaks, seafood, soups and salads.
Daytona Beach's main mall, the Volusia Mall, is opposite the
International Speedway track on U.S. 92 and contains several major
department stores along with 100 speciality shops and a food court,
all open seven days a week. In downtown Daytona's historic district
is the Riverfront Marketplace, where holidaymakers can enjoy
browsing among the many antique stores and boutiques. Daytona is a
popular spot for bikers to gather, and thus along Main Street there
are some good deals to be had on motorcycle accessories and
leatherwear. A favourite with bike fans is the huge Harley-Davidson
store at the north end of Beach Street. Bargain hunters enjoy the
Daytona Flea and Farmer's Market with 16 hectares (40 acres) of
booths selling fresh produce, collectables, jewellery and clothing.
The market, off Tomoka Farms Road, is open every weekend Friday to
Sunday. Along the beachside boardwalk there are numerous stores and
vendors selling souvenirs, T-shirts, swimwear and sun-cream: in
fact anything the ill-equipped beach-goer requires.