It’s the unofficial capital of the “Fun Coast” of Florida, so you know that Daytona Beach holidays are going to put a huge smile on your face.
The home of NASCAR (that’s the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), holidays in Daytona Beach are about much more than swimming, surfing and sunbathing. For heart-pounding thrills away from the surf, the world-famous Daytona International Speedway rarely falls quiet, especially when competitors in the historic Daytona 500 race to the chequered flag in February each year.
You might think life is all about motors in Daytona, especially when you clock the cars lined up on the beach itself. These tightly packed sands cope easily with vehicles, although where and when visitors can drive on the beach is regulated (because no one wants to be disturbed by a passing people carrier while catching some rays).
High-rise hotels flank the sands, while the Daytona Beach Boardwalk ensures a carnival atmosphere every day. They weren’t wrong when they labelled this the “Fun Coast”. Roller coasters, a water park, family attractions, golf, and all just over an hour by road from Orlando, the theme park capital of the world… are you ready to Travel Super on an amazing getaway to Daytona Beach?
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With year-round warmth and a generous allocation of sunshine, Daytona Beach holidays can be taken at any time. Winters are mild (daytime averages of 20C+), spring and autumn are hot (25-30C on average during the day) and summer days are sizzling and sticky, with the potential for rapid downpours (30-35C).
Summer can be a cheap time to visit Daytona Beach, because many visitors prefer the more comfortable weather conditions of spring and autumn.
Have you heard of Spring Break? It’s essentially just the Easter holidays, but for many university students in the USA, Spring Break means Party (yes, with a capital P). Daytona Beach is one of the most popular destinations with swimwear-clad students looking to let off steam. Prices go up in the area during this time and families might want to steer clear.
The busiest and most expensive time of the year to visit Daytona Beach is during and in the run up to the Daytona 500 race (see below) in late January/early February.
If you plan to be in town for the races or the Spring Break party, be sure to book well in advance to clinch the lowest holiday prices.
Engines roar throughout the events calendar in Daytona Beach.
Daytona 500; February: Held since 1959 and the opener for the Sprint Car season, this 500-mile race is fondly thought of as the “Super Bowl of stock car racing”. Book tickets in advance to secure your place in the crowd.
Bike Week; March: For 10 days, Daytona Beach hosts a huge motorcycle rally. It attracts 500,000 people, so demand for hotels will be high. There’s a certain carefree attitude (think bikinis instead of protective leathers), so time your trip well.
Summer concerts; May-September: Rent chairs or plonk yourself on the grass at the historic Bandshell in Oceanfront Park for live music and fireworks. Unless you’re renting a chair or buying a drink, it won’t cost a dime.
It’s easy to have a great time in Daytona Beach. Here are a few ideas to get things started…
Kids and teens: There’s a real sense of traditional British seaside charm on the pier and boardwalk at Daytona Beach, where music plays in the bandstand, coins are shoved into slot machines, and kids beg for another ride.
Relaxing: Peace is easier to find than you might think. A short drive from the bustling seafront at Daytona Beach will have you at the sandy hills and peaceful shores of Smyrna Dunes Park. Birdwatching and picnics are as hectic as it gets here.
Active types: For a change of pace from cars and motorbikes, hire a set of clubs at one of the area’s excellent golf courses and spend a day merrily putting, swinging and slicing your way around the greens. Get that waggle right and you might just hit a turkey, so to speak.