Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach © Pat Williams

Daytona Beach is America's favourite family holiday destination for good reason. With 23 miles (37km) of fine grain sandy Atlantic beaches, this city is a staple attraction for holidaymakers, even during the winter months. Without moving from the beach you can surf, jet ski, go boating, parasailing, go fishing, bicycling, and even take a drive in a hired beach buggy. Daytona's hard-packed sands have provided for speedsters ever since the early 20th century, when Sir Malcolm Campbell set and broke records motoring on the beach. Today, speeding is reserved for the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, where the annual Daytona 500 Nascar race is held.

With so much to do on the beach, it is difficult to find the motivation to move off it. Those who do are greeted with numerous recreational facilities and attractions in the string of towns along the intracoastal waterway and on the mainland. Try truly adventurous Floridian cuisine, like fried gator tail, and shrimp and scallop pie at one of the many restaurants along the Halifax River. Visit the home of John D. Rockefeller or the ruins of the first steam-powered sugar mill in Florida to understand the city's history. From archaeological sites to mini-golf, museums to haunted houses, and planetariums to chocolate factories, there is never a dull moment in Daytona Beach.


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