More than eight million visitors from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe come to the area each year.
Daytona Beach is located in Florida's Central East Coast region. It includes eight communities stretching 23 miles (36.8 kilometers) along the Atlantic Coast. Daytona Beach is the largest municipality within the county of Volusia.
Other cities in the Daytona Beach area include Ormond Beach, Ormond By-the-Sea, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Holly Hill, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange.
The Daytona Beach Area Has Big Family Fun.
Nature lovers will enjoy the many parks and wildlife areas in the region. Tomoka State Park, north of Ormond Beach, was once home to the Timucuan Indians. The scenic state park is a perfect location for fishing, camping, hiking and boating. Escorted boat trips along the Tomoka River are also available for a small fee.
After a full day of beach going or sightseeing, you will discover a wide variety of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The area has two outdoor markets that are open every weekend. The Farmers Market, located in downtown Daytona Beach on City Island, features fresh produce, citrus fruit and seafood. The Daytona Flea and Farmer's Market is a bargain hunter's dream featuring everything from food to clothing to antiques.
The beach is 23 miles long and up to 500 feet wide at low tide. The gentle slope and tides have packed the hard, white sands nearest the ocean, enabling automobile access. Of the 23 miles of beach, 16 miles allow driving and parking during the day and when the tide permits. The sand becomes softer as one moves further inland from the waterline. Sand dunes in the area can reach as high as 25 feet.
The beach became well known because it was used as a proving ground for developing the automobile engine. That technology was also put in use in developing aircraft engines for World War II fighters. Thus, the world's eyes were on Daytona Beach each time an automobile raced along the beach in the late '30s and early '40s attempting new land speed records.