With ideal weather, fewer crowds, and unbeatable values on accommodations and attractions, fall is the perfect season to explore Daytona Beach. You can still enjoy everything you love about the beach, like the sunshine, endless outdoor activities and many area attractions, and you won’t likely run into any lines or long wait times.
The key to any fall outfit — especially while traveling — is layering. With Daytona Beach’s subtropical climate year-round and temperatures that regularly reach the 70s and 80s well into the fall, you can leave the parka at home. Wear a light base, like a T-shirt, then layer on a breezy kimono wrap or button-down shirt, and then add on a scarf if needed (or just for a pop of color!). Though you may not need it during the day, having a windbreaker or cardigan can come in handy on the cooler evenings on the waterfront.
With layering in mind, consider these packing essentials while you’re planning for your fall escape to the beach:
1. Bathing suit
Fall is still beach season in Daytona Beach! Whether you go for a sunrise stroll along the shore or sunbathe in the afternoon with a good book in hand, you’ll want to toss in your swimsuit to make the most of your trip. Even if the temperature doesn’t feel stiflingly hot, don’t forget the sunblock! Take smart precautions — even in the fall — so that the only souvenir you bring back from the beach is a seashell, not a sunburn.
2. Active wear
Fall is one of the best seasons of all to explore Daytona Beach’s endless outdoor adventures. Cooler temps make midday bike rides a breeze and keep you from getting slippery with sweat while hiking a nature trail. Rent a bicycle and pedal along the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop, soaking in the sights as you go. Or, trade in the wheels and cruise the waterways by kayak at Tomoka State Park or one of the dozens of other parks in the region.
From exploring one of Florida’s famous natural springs to fishing at the pier, outdoor excursions are calling your name this fall — so make sure to pack appropriately!
3. Date-night outfit
The vibe in Daytona Beach is beachy-casual on the whole, but there are certainly venues that warrant your most special wardrobe pieces. If you think you’ll be dining outdoors at one of the area’s waterfront restaurants, consider a comfy-cool outfit like a linen dress for the ladies or a performance fishing shirt for the fellows. Considering a night out? If you are toying with the idea of attending a performance at the Peabody Auditorium and topping off the evening with a nightcap somewhere a little more upscale, maybe bring along a little black dress or blazer — you can’t go wrong with a classic!
Whether you crave a traditional beach getaway full of waterfront lounging and fresh seafood, or you seek a little more adventure in the great outdoors — Daytona Beach has what you’re looking for this fall. Packing the right items for your fall vacation is a smart move to prepare for whatever comes your way. Although, when it comes to a Daytona Beach getaway, some of the best memories are often from adventures you never saw coming.
So go off the grid a bit! Allow yourself a fall refresh in Daytona Beach, and you’ll face the rest of the year feeling recharged and renewed. Get to packing — and plan your trip today.