Besides Daytona Beach’s famous speedway and beautiful, expansive beaches, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks is the Daytona Beach Pier. The original pier was constructed entirely out of palm logs around the turn of the 20th century. It extended 600 feet into the ocean, but sadly burned down in 1920 in a devastating fire. A few years later, the remains were sold and the pier was rebuilt.
The new pier was over 1,000 feet in length and featured a Victorian-style building and a glamorous ballroom. At the new Pier Casino, top bands of the day played, the dance floor was hoppin’, and many a charity ball was thrown. It was a happening place to see and be seen. Over the years, some adjustments were made to the pier so that race car drivers could pass underneath — helping Daytona Beach become established as the “World’s Most Famous Beach.”
Although a lot of things have changed over the years, one thing remains the same: People love the pier. These days, you won’t find any poker chips around, but you can find some fresh and savory fish and chips. In 2012, the City of Daytona Beach officially took over ownership, and with it Joe’s Crab Shack opened its doors. Now, you can enjoy fresh seafood steampots, crafty cocktails and casual appetizers with a side of the best beach breeze in town. The restaurant also serves as a great late-night spot where you can continue soaking in the sounds of the sea long after the sun sets.
RESTAURANT HOURS: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Extend your view into the big blue by heading upstairs to The Roof, which sits high above Joe’s Crab Shack and overlooks the ocean. The elevators to the top are right inside Joe’s Crab Shack and are easy to find. The outdoor rooftop bar allows you to capture a breathtaking 360-degree view of Daytona Beach while noshing on sandwiches or seafood and sipping on a cold drink. And in the cooler months, gather around the gas-powered fire pit. Much like the Pier Casino back in its heyday, The Roof always seems to have something fun going on. From big social events to sports parties to frequent live music, you’ll find a lively atmosphere with killer views here.
If a quiet day of fishing is more your speed, you’re in luck! There is no cost to fish on the Daytona Beach Pier and fishing licenses are not required, making it a fun spur of the moment family activity. Pier anglers catch a wide variety of fish here, including whiting, pompano, flounder, trout, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and many more.
FISHING HOURS: From March 16 to October 31, hours are daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. From November 1 to March 15, hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
Whether you just want to be a nature watcher looking for dolphins, gulls and crabs, or want to reel in a whopper, the Daytona Beach Pier is ready to accommodate. Make sure to spend some time at this beloved beach landmark, centrally located by the famous boardwalk and amusements area.
Although the pier has weathered many hurricanes, it still stands strong and is ready and waiting for you to explore. Come for the fish, the food or the photo-ops — and start planning your visit to the Daytona Beach Pier today!