Saturday, April 04, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Daytona Beach

One of the welcome signs to the beach

Daytona Beach is one of those enviable places that offers, literally something for everyone. Okay, it’s a toss-up as to which are more popular, Bike Week, Nascar/Daytona 500 or the beaches, but those aren’t the only things you’ll find to do. Savor and drool over these activities;

Check out the Boardwalk & Pier, or the multitude of Historical Sites & Ruins, Museums & Galleries; rent a bike so you can take one or more of the scenic rides. The “Loop” is a favorite among bikers. This place is motorcycle heaven. And I haven’t even gotten to golf or the spas or the restaurants!

Motorcycles in action

The Boardwalk & Pier

Why I pick the time for driving on the beach...

Sunrise on the Atlantic

The International Speedway in full swing!

Lodging isn't hard to find

Fun to be had by all...
Colorful, but watch the speed limit!
Inland parks are not in short supply and neither are the BEACHES! 
Some you can drive on, some are pedestrian only. The best part of driving on the beach (besides the view) is the timing. Like when it isn’t crowded, or when the sun is rising, or when you’re with a bunch of friends with the windows down, or on a motorcycle, or if in a van, the side door is locked open and you just cruise. Speed limit is a safe 10 miles an hour and makes for a nice “slide” show.

The Daytona International Speedway is worth seeing even if there are no races going on. I couldn’t believe how BIG it was. We took a tour and it was fantastic!

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  1. Daytona Beach was my go-to summer destination in high school. I've also taken my family to see the beaches and we stayed on the 10th floor so we could get a fantastic view of the beach and watch the cars drive and get occasionally stuck in the sand. It's a great jumping off spot to get to NASA down the road, or other beaches. The restaurants are quite good. I have many photos of this place (we stayed on Daytona Beach Shores).

  2. Enjoying this theme, Lisa!

  3. Not being a beach person, Daytona is someplace I would never consider going, so thanks for showing it to me.

  4. Anonymous7:44 AM

    My step-granddaughter works on Daytona Beach and loves it. We visited a couple of times, once for a Graduation/Commencement ceremony and once for the flea market, followed by a drive along the beach.
    Must do it again, sometime.

  5. My husband would love to see all the bike/racing places in Daytona :) He's a complete petrol head. I on the other hand would have to go for the historical sites and restaurants. If we ever visited we'd have to compromise ::g::
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  6. Daytona here I come! Lisa, I feel like I'm touring Florida. Only virtually.

  7. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Great post, it makes me want to go there, though maybe not to drive on the beach!! That's nuts! :)

  8. Now I want to go to Florida...

    Great post! Glad to see you on the A-to-Z !


  9. Now this is one place I have been. What a great long sandy beach that is.

  10. Hi Lisa - sounds like lots of entertainment .. and yes I think I could visit to see it - and enjoy the Tour. It does sound a fascinating place to visit .. I've driven on beaches - but not like that ... also on my list!! Cheers Hilary

  11. Never been there either. Used to go car racing in the UK at Brands Hatch but never been on this side of the pond. I enjoyed the beach at Emerald Isle in NC. I don't really like sand though.

  12. Would enjoy the boardwalk. We didn't have much time in Daytona and just took the Speedway tour.

  13. That does look like a lot of fun. I could use a day at a beach like that. The beaches here in Washington State are also "roads" along the coast. I live on Puget Sound where it's way too rocky, but many of the beaches along the Pacific are flat and not crowded at all.

  14. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Wow Dat looks like lots of fun. Fanks fur visitin', come by anytime.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  15. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Sounds like a fun place!


  16. Now here's a palce I've been to. :) But I didn't go during an festivities.

    BTW, I love your blog bannger. :)

  17. Wow, truly beautiful. Gorgeous photos. The one picture with the cars driving on the beach is amazing, the shot itself as well as the clarity of the sky and water. Definitely a must see if ever we find ourselves in that area. Thank you for sharing your experience, Lisa.
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  18. I visited Daytona beach in Dec 2011 with my son. It was an awesome trip from Houston, and back.
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  19. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are there now. I'm not a beach person, but I think I'd find plenty to keep me amused.
    ~Visiting from AtoZ

  20. When we lived in Cocoa Beach, we took a couple of trips to Daytona - never at the race weekend, but I loved how you could drive on the beach... and you're so right, the timing makes all the difference :)

    Thanks for bringing back some fun memories :)

  21. Ah, my high school senior trip...this was our destination. I thought the cars on the beach were really cool, but of course, I was 17 at the time.

    1. Nadine! Would love to visit your blog but can't find a link to it. Can you help? Hope so!

  22. just can't go wrong anywhere in Florida. Daytona just has an extra aura of family, fun, and some trouble too.

  23. Daytona sounds like a great place! If I ever get to Florida, will put it on my places to see list.
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  24. Hi Lisa,

    Great to reconnect over the A-Z. My son would totally love it - major bike and car freak. That sunrise is to die for! US has been on my/our bucket list for the longest time.


  25. I never think of it except for the race but it looks like a fun time.

  26. Ahh. I do love boardwalks! Ever since we went to the Brighton Pier in England. Haven't been to Daytona yet. Someday!
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  27. I've never been to Daytona Beach, but I'm a huge NASCAR fan so I've heard a lot about it that way. It looks like a great place, I just might have to go there sometime. My blog is at

  28. Looks like a lively place! I may be able to get there soon, as we are planning a move to Florida.

  29. My nephew lives in Daytona beach. I've never been there but maybe next time I visit the US I'll check it out. Sounds like a fun place.

  30. This looks like a place to unwind and enjoy! I have never been to Florida and now I think I must add Daytona beach to our list. :)

  31. Gosh this looks stunning, thank you for sharing. Sharon from AtoZChallenge

  32. It's friggin' snowing here in Ontario today.

    Thanks for posting those pictures. /sarcasm

  33. I have never been to Florida or the US. This is a great way for me to learn more. That sunrise would be amazing to watch. It looks like Daytona Beach is a place where it all happens. I look forward to read more of your A-Z Challenge posts.

  34. I would love to visit Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500 (I've been on a random day, but not for NASCAR)! I've heard it is a great time!

    (I got here through the A to Z Challenge).

  35. Anonymous1:11 AM

    I like the beach in moderation but would have a blast on the boardwalk, especially with the little shops and restaurants. Not into racing either, but I'd probably want to check out the local sites and landmarks.

  36. Not high on my list but one day I'd like to see it.


  37. Anonymous9:49 AM

    My son would LOVE to see the Daytona Speedway. He's a total Nascar nut.

  38. Did I drive through or around Daytona Beach when I circumnavigated the US last year? I can't remember! Vroooooom!
    Didn't know one could drive on the beach there. Had to do it in Mexico where the road was washed out and it was worrisome and weird.
    A fellow A-Zer.


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