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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