Going to Daytona Beach: It’s Worth a Sunburn
It is one of the hottest destinations every year for spring breakers. There are 23 miles of white, sandy beach. From the incredible nightlife, to the crowded beaches filled with college students. Daytona Beach has everything you want out of your spring break, friends, sun, sand, and go-karts.
“The World’s Most Famous Beach”
Daytona Beach is one of the few beaches in the world that allows vehicles on it. It is due to the densely packed sand that lines the shore. This makes it perfect for anyone who loves to tailgate. The beach itself is always a party. For decades the coast has been a center of excitement.
You can enjoy a calm afternoon lying out on the sand, or rent a jet ski and take to the waves. There are also great opportunities for deep-sea fishing if you’re looking for an adventure. Though, I would highly recommend taking medicine to prevent seasickness. The waves offshore can be daunting.
However, if you want to stick to the land you can always rent a beach bike, or a motorbike to explore the 23 miles of coastline. At low tide the beach is over 500 feet wide! Perfect for a football game, kite flying, or a pleasant early morning jog.
No matter what activity you may enjoy on the beach, make sure you have a good amount of sun block. The sun is relentless. It only takes one day of overexposure to leave you at the hotel bar while your friends parade the sandy shore.
Don’t have a car? No problem! There is a free tram that takes beachgoers to various points on the beach from the Ocean Center Parking Garage. On the other hand, cruising the shoreline is a Daytona Beach tradition. On March 1st, 2008, a “Pedestrian-Friendly” beach zone was created. Leaving 16 miles of sand for people to leisurely drive on.
Too Much Sun?
So you’ve done the beach thing before, what else does Daytona have to offer? Immediately behind the shore is a series of hotels and restaurants. Perfect for a relaxing lunch, or even seeing live music. Hotel pool decks are a great place to hydrate after a day in the sun and salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. Many feature DJ’s, games, and prizes during spring break. Back on the main road, A1A, you can find large varieties of activities to break up the day.
Adjacent to the beach is Adventure Landing. It’s a water park that also offers miniature golf, arcade games, and a dual level go-kart track. For more fun on four wheels visit the Daytona International Speedway. Whether you’re a race fan or not you will have a great time at their interactive exhibits.
But, if stock cars aren’t your idea of a good time, and you have a means of transportation, Orlando is less than a one-hour drive away. Mickey Mouse, Shamu, and endless gift shops make this the perfect day trip. In the event that you need to stock up on t-shirts and shot glasses it is an easy drive. Interstate 4 connects these two cities with ease.
When the sun goes down
After you’ve gotten that perfect tan its time to party. Even at night this city is hot. There are plenty of great clubs to spend your evening at. During the Spring Break season clubs offer great deals on admittance as well as drinks. The party seems to never stop with the endless strip of clubs on Ocean Avenue. Depending on your taste you are sure to find a hotspot with great music, great food, and good company.
One of the more popular party destinations in Daytona Beach is the Ocean Deck Beach Club. For the past 7 years the have hosted parties for Spring Breakers, and it’s only getting bigger. It has something for everyone. Whether you would like to relax, sipping a tasty beverage, or if you like to dance the night away, the Ocean Deck Beach Club can accommodate you. Since it is the only club directly on Daytona Beach it is not difficult to find.
If searching for a party takes too much effort most hotels offer some kind nightly activities during Spring Break. Just take a trip to the lobby to see what they have to offer.
Daytona Beach has something for everyone. Whether you crave the surf or the booming nightlife, you can’t go wrong with 23 miles of white sand for your vacation needs. If you have enough sun block, and desire for fun under the sun, you won’t miss out. Of course safety is key. Be sure to use good judgment and common sense when having the time of your life on Spring Break in Daytona Beach.
By Dylan Starer