Driving on the Beach
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Daytona Beach is dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Beach” for a variety of reasons, but mainly for its 23 miles of wide, hard-packed white-sand beaches that welcomed the first automobile and motorcycle races in 1902. Today, while professional drivers stick to the track at the ‘World Center of Racing’, Daytona International Speedway, visitors still enjoy driving very slowly (10 mph) along Daytona Beach in designated areas, tide permitting.
Beach driving is one of the most popular and iconic activities beachgoers have come to enjoy as part of their Daytona Beach vacation tradition. Take a scenic ride or put your car in park to enjoy a beach day with everything you need just a stone’s throw from your beach towel. Cars aren’t the only mode of transportation worthy of our breathtaking beaches. You can rent golf carts in Daytona Beach and those traveling on two wheels can have just as much fun. Our white-sand beaches are perfect for an early morning pedal, a relaxing afternoon cruise, or a romantic ride at dusk before a night on the town.
Beach driving is a selective activity that can only be enjoyed in a few areas around the United States and in Florida is limited to the spectacular beaches right here in the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas on Florida’s East Coast. Beach access points can be found along Florida’s Atlantic Highway, otherwise known as A1A, in the heart of Daytona Beach. Cars are permitted in designated areas of the beach from sunrise to sunset, tidal conditions permitting.
Beach Driving Fee & Guidelines
- Driving on the beach comes with a small fee of $20 per vehicle, per day which allows for an entire day of beach driving and parking. In an effort to conserve our natural resources, beach access is limited to specific sections of the beach and is dependent on tide conditions.
- Beach App - download the free Volusia Beaches app, provided by Volusia County Beach Safety, for real-time updates on the status of vehicle access ramps, as well as other useful information, like staffed lifeguard towers and beach conditions. Download the Beach Navigator app here!
- Beach Guidelines & Safety include not exceeding a maximum of 10 mph, with headlights on and windows down for safety, and of course, no texting.
Questions? While at the beach, feel free to contact one of our friendly Volusia County Beach Safety officials for assistance. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 386-239-7873, or go to their website at Volusia.org, or contact us. We're here to help!