Daytona Beach Area
Filled with family-style recreation, attractions and entertainment, the Daytona Beach area offers 23 miles of beaches and plenty of fun. The communities that comprise the Daytona Beach area include Ormond-By-The-Sea, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Wilbur-By-The-Sea, Ponce Inlet, Holly Hill and South Daytona. The beach itself has an ocean park atmosphere, with friendly beach vendors offering everything from hot dogs and sodas to boogie boards and bicycles. Beyond the beach, visitors will find great downtown and oceanfront shopping, dining and entertainment options, plus world-class festivals and events. From Daytona Lagoon waterpark and the All Access Speedway Tours at Daytona International Speedway -- to a wide range of museums, historical attractions and nightlife, there's always plenty to see and do.
At the turn of the 20th century, Ormond Beach garnered the reputation as a summer playground for the rich and famous. Industrialists such as railroad magnate Henry Flagler and oil industry multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller visited the area often, helping to develop the town's character. Today, Ormond Beach is known as the "Birthplace of Speed" and celebrates annual events that reenact the early days of racing on the beach. Ormond-by-the-Sea is a quaint residential area featuring parks, a traffic-free beach and a variety of great restaurants.
Ponce Inlet, a quaint "Old Florida" town, offers a sampling of some of the area's best waterfront restaurants and chartered fishing excursions, as well as a marine science center and the tallest lighthouse in the state, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The small neighboring seaside community of Wilbur-By-The-Sea features quiet beaches and casual riverfront dining.
Port Orange/South Daytona
Connected to the beachside by the Dunlawton Bridge, the city of Port Orange is proud of its scenic riverfront, historic treasures, challenging golf courses and Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, home of Bongoland. Just south of Daytona Beach on the mainland, South Daytona is nestled between U.S. 1 and the Intracoastal Waterway and features riverfront and lake front parks, an ice skating arena and the Living Legends Auto Racing Museum.
Known as "The City with a Heart", Holly Hill boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Halifax River along scenic Riverside Drive. Enjoy riverfront parks galore that feature boat ramps, fishing piers and plenty of covered picnic tables. The Riviera Oaks Dog Park is also in Holly Hill. Famed William McCoy who called Holly Hill home prior to his rum running is celebrated alongside Founders Day with a Real McCoy Rum Festival.
Just west of Daytona Beach, you'll find the West Volusia area, including historic downtown DeLand (home of Stetson University), Deltona, and a cluster of small towns, natural springs and nature preserves. The area's three state parks, freshwater springs, national wildlife refuge and new Florida Scenic Highway designation offer endless outdoor activities and amazing encounters with nature. Click here for more information about New Smyrna Beach events.
New Smyrna Beach area
A short drive south of the Daytona Beach area, the New Smyrna Beach area offers visitors the relaxing sands and sights of charming 'Old Florida.' Featuring historic architecture, art galleries, fishing excursions, Atlantic Center for the Arts, shops and water views, the area has something for everyone. Click here to learn more.