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A city famed for its 23 miles of beautiful white sands and supercharged motor sports, Daytona Beach is more sun, sea and speed than your average beach break. But look beyond this, and you’ll also discover a decent sprinkling of art, culture and entertainment.
Split between the oceanfront spit and the mainland by the Halifax River, Daytona Beach is a beach town for throttle jockeys. It’s been a racing mecca since 1936, when it held its first stock car race, so if you like the thrill of all things fast to complement those lazy days by the sea, this is the place for you. Calendar highlights include February’s Speedweeks – culminating in the Daytona 500 – March’s Bike Week, July’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 and October’s Biketoberfest.
Motorsport aside, in recent years Daytona Beach has expanded its art and culture scene. The Halifax Historical Museum highlights the history of the area and its people, the Southeast Museum of Photography features work from both local and international artists, and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, designed to look like a rural Floridian house, has the largest collection of Florida art in the world.
The city is also home to the huge Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of Arts & Sciences, which features one of the largest hauls of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world. For a local quirk, head to the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church on a Sunday and watch as a reverend conducts the service from a balcony overlooking a sea of cars.
Daytona Beach is all about good times, meaning there's no shortage of great places to eat, drink, dance and be entertained in. Once regarded as the Spring Break capital of Florida, you’ll find an array of beach clubs, bars and late-night spots peppered throughout, including Seabreeze Boulevard and One Daytona.
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