Daytona Beach, Florida

For a vacation that puts the accent 0n , Daytona Beach is a multi-faceted destination for everyone. This is truly a beach and party town, where the dress code requires little more than shorts and sandals for almost any occasion. With 20 miles of wide, white sand beaches, sun worshippers have found paradise, while the sound of the waves will erase your everyday stress. Most of the shoreline is calm, while some sections have rolling waves fit for surfing. More water fun is available with deep sea fishing and a multitude of water sports, while 20 golf courses invite you to stay on land.

The newly developed Ocean Walk Village offers limitless entertainment with restaurants, boutiques, souvenir shops, go-cart racing, miniature golf, and arcade games. It is also home to Daytona Lagoon, a Caribbean-style water park with a wave pool, slides and a tubing river. An amphibious trolley excursion gives you an historical tour of the area on land and water.

Connect with the wonders of nature in the parks, waterways, and preserves, along the St. Johns River and Halifax River. The area offers awe-inspiring scenery, fishing, nature trails, canoe and kayak rentals, river tours, and bird-watching.

Start your engines at the Daytona 500 Speedway. A tour takes you behind the scenes and onto the raceway, and for heart-pounding thrills, buckle up for the motion simulator rides and a 3D movie. For the real thing, visit Speed Park Motorsports or Atlantic Race Park where you can test your driving skills at speeds up to 75 mph and maneuver hairpin curves.

To add a little education to your vacation, visit the Halifax History Museum, Marine Science Center, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The kids will thank you for the tour at  Phelps Chocolate Factory.

The fun doesnt stop when the sun goes down and night life abounds with restaurants, lively clubs, and bars. For something special, take The Daytona Ghost Walk, a nighttime ghost hunting tour led by professional guides who just may give you goose bumps.

There is a lot to see and do here and you may want to rent a car to take advantage of all the action. Just 12 miles south of Daytona is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station, Floridas tallest lighthouse at 175 feet, where you can climb to the top for a magnificent view of Floridas coastline. Nearby day trips are well-worth your time, all slightly over an hours drive. Take the scenic route up the coast on A1A to historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation, where an open-air trolley tour gives you a good look at all the sights. Sip the waters at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, and follow the traces of history at the 17th century fortress Castillo de San Marcos and the watchtower of Fort Matanzas National Monument. The Kennedy Space Center is an unparalleled experience, where you can see the actual rockets, meet an astronaut, tour the launch areas, and ride in spaceflight simulators.

In Daytona Beach, there’s no end to the sun and fun, and activities galore!