Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotels

The Shores Resort and Spa

The Shores Resort and SpaThe Shores Resort and Spa is Daytona Beach Shores premier resort. Located on a barrier island directly on the Altantic Ocean, just five miles long and a few hundred yards wide, the resort has recently completed ...more

Daytona Beach Regency Resort

Daytona Beach Regency ResortThe inn is surrounded by the beauty of tropical landscaping, exotic flowers, and majestic palms. The property amenities include a fitness center, a swimming pool, free breakfast, non-smoking rooms, and kids activities ...more

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Daytona Beach, in east central Florida, is known as the World's Most Famous Beach, the Birthplace of Racing, the Birthplace of Speed and -- according to the city's latest slogan -- Way More Than a Beach.

The beach, however, is way more than half the city's name, and has been since 1513, when explorer Ponce de Leon discovered what is now DeLeon Springs just east of Daytona while he was looking for the Fountain of Youth.

Daytona Beach, first called Daytona, was founded by Matthias Day, an Ohioan who built its first hotel in 1874. It quickly developed its reputation for racing as well as tourism, as visitors found the hard-packed sand was perfect for setting speed records in horseless carriages. It became synonymous with racing after 1959, when Daytona International Speedway paved the way to bring thousands of race fans in every year.

While the annual Bike Week also draws motorcyclists from around the world, most tourists are drawn to a more laid-back atmosphere on the beach itself. Daytona has 23 miles of beaches, all with free access and open 24 hours to pedestrians. While beach driving has been a tradition -- drivers can cruise and park on the beach itself -- it's restricted to sunrise to sunset, and banned now during sea turtle nesting season, which is May 15 through October 31. Those who want to see the endangered sea-turtle nests can sign up in advance for ranger-guided sessions. Be on the lookout for dolphins swimming offshore, too, depending on the area.

These days, as many spring breakers have moved north to Panama City Beach, Daytona prides itself on a family atmosphere. Beachside city or county parks that are traffic-free, a plus for families with small children, are Breakers Oceanfront Park and Environmental Learning Center, and Sun Splash Park. A host of driving beaches are in nearby Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach Shores.

With an average annual temperature of 70.0, Daytona Beach has 57 days annually with temperatures above 90, and five days a year when it falls below freezing, so the beach is popular year-round.

Nearby Lyonia Preserve, where birdwatchers can see endangered scrub-jays and redheaded woodpeckers amid wetlands and a pine forest. Birders in the area are on the lookout for bald eagles, least terns, swallow-tailed kites and piping plovers, among others.

What else to do? Take a break from the heat by visiting the updated Boardwalk Amusement Area and Pier; the historic, more than 70-year-old pier reopened in June 2012 after $10 million in repairs and renovations. It had been closed since 2009. It has rides, restaurants, arcade games and supplies for pier fishing. The 1,000-foot Daytona Beach Pier, which locals used to call Main Street Pier and Ocean Pier, bills itself as the longest pier on the East Coast. Cultural and historical sites abound, as well -- dip into a museum or historical site on a rainy day.

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