A city on the eastern coast of Florida, Daytona (also known by its proper name, Daytona Beach) is synonymous with sun, sea, sand and motorsport. Its famous racing circuit alone is a huge attraction, bringing millions of visitors from all over the world for some high-octane driving action, while the beach is a good place to enjoy something gentler.
In Daytona, there are plenty of historical sights nestled in among the modern hotels and skyscrapers, while there happens to be a number of quiet spots where you can get away from the buzz of the beach and downtown Daytona. Meanwhile, the nightlife here is among the best you can find in Florida, owing to its many bars, restaurants and cultural venues.
Despite the wide and straight roads going through the city, a small car is best for going round the many corners of Daytona’s streets and for parking on the sidewalks.
Where better to start than Daytona International Speedway? The racing circuit, built in 1959, is the birthplace of NASCAR and the famous Daytona 500 race. It holds 168,000 spectators and has a range of attractions around the main course.
One of the best places to catch a classical music performance is the Peabody Auditorium. Here, some local orchestras play to capacity crowds, while the London Symphony Orchestra performs on stage on occasions.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is a good place to get away from all the usual touristy stuff. Here, you’re likely to find fine examples of African, Chinese and Cuban art as well as Florida’s most complete collection of fossils.
The beach is the most attractive part of Daytona, as it has so many things for visitors to do. You can visit various theme parks and water parks, go swimming, diving or jet-skiing if you’re feeling a little on the brave side.
Most of the major roads in Daytona are pretty wide, meaning that traffic isn’t too much of a problem except during peak times.
International Speedway Boulevard tends to get congested whenever there is a NASCAR race taking place at the course.
Going out of Daytona Beach, the best route is the Interstate 95, although the Interstate 4 is handy for going westbound.
Daytona Beach International Airport is just over a mile from the city centre. It serves destinations throughout the United States and has one main passenger terminal. Charlotte and New York-LaGuardia are the most popular destinations.
The airport is conveniently located along International Speedway Boulevard, which goes eastwards into the city centre.