Daytona Beach

White sand beaches. Perennial spring break. The birthplace of NASCAR. This might just be the fastest-moving beach city in the nation.

What gets your engines revving? Chances are Daytona Beach has it. Everyone here seems to be going somewhere: up the 203 spiral steps of the 1887 Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, the tallest in the state; offshore in boats to catch glimpses of migrating whales; or to the beach, which has been named the “world’s most famous beach” since the 1920s. In fact, the first stockcar races in Daytona actually took place on the beach—so be sure to look both ways before heading into the water! Cars are still allowed on the beach, although at much lower speeds these days.

If you’re looking for things to do in Daytona, just start going. Go for a stroll down Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Main Street Pier; each looks like it’s straight out of Coney Island.

Now, we can’t talk about Daytona without glancing toward NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway. Catch a race (the big one is held each February), take an in-the-pit tour, or take a lap around the track yourself. The “World Center of Racing” might cite its Daytona 500 event as its biggest claim to fame, but the city attracts fast and furious visitors of all treads. The fall season sees two-wheeled speed demons rev into town for Biketoberfest. Even families get into the fun, joining countless race-themed rides and games at beachside carnivals and theme parks.

Wondering what to do in Daytona Beach to slow things down? Get to know a hero at Jackie Robinson Ballpark and museum, where the Daytona Cubs play. And what could possibly be slower than the skeleton of a 13-foot extinct sloth at the Museum of Arts & Science? The answer is unequivocally nothing.

No matter how leisurely you like to travel, you can book our Daytona Beach vacation packages at lightning speed. Rev up your getaway today.

Frequently Asked Questions about Daytona Beach

What is Daytona Beach famous for?

It's beaches, of course, which are called the "Most Famous in the World." This city draws Spring Breakers and those who feel the need for speed. Why? The beaches are beautiful and great for swimming. They're also made of uniquely hard-packed sand, which attracted racers in the early 1900s. Since then, NASCAR has solidified the city's reputation with its Daytona 500 race.