Daytona Beach is a city located in

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Daytona Beach is a city located in Volusia CountyEast Central Florida.

  • The Greater Daytona Beach Area also includes Daytona Beach Shores, Holly HillPort OrangePonce Inlet, South Daytona, Ormond Beach and unincorporated areas of East Volusia County.

A Welcome greeting to visitors as they enter Daytona Beach and drive past Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona Beach, famous as the "World Center of Racing" and home of NASCAR, is part of the East Central Florida greater metropolitan area. Daytona Beach is the best known of the seven area communities. Although the wide 23-mile (37km) stretch of white sandy beach is still the biggest attraction here, with over 8 million visitors flocking to the area every year, the metro area is rapidly changing from event Mecca to family oriented resort destination. Historical sites like the Main Street Pier, the Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Clocktower in Oceanfront Park add to the appeal of this exciting city.


Daytona was founded in 1870 by Matthias Day, from whom it takes its name. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. The separate towns of Daytona,Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged to form Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, the city became known as The World's Most Famous Beach.

Daytona's wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts beginning in 1902, when pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. On 8 March 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Course. In 1959, William France created Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course.

Automobiles are still permitted on the beach — at much slower speeds! Daytona is one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.


The city of Daytona Beach sits on the breezy shore of the Atlantic Ocean and is split in two by the Halifax River. It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona, and Port Orange.

Daytona Beach has a humid subtropical climate typical of the lower latitudes. Summers are hot and humid with highs usually in the 90s (32+°C)and a heat index often exceeding 100°F (38°C). Thunderstorms are frequent in summer afternoons as the heat builds, and quick summer downpours are common. Warm and sunny weather prevails in Daytona Beach in September, October, and November with highs in the upper 70's F and low 80's F and warm ocean surf temperatures. Winters are generally dry, sunny, and mild, with high temperatures in the upper 60's F and lows in the middle 40's F. Occasional cold fronts make it all the way south down the East Coast to give Daytona Beach a few cool days with highs only in the low 50's F and lows in the middle 30's F, although freezes are rare. Temperatures in spring are famously pleasant with warm afternoons, cool evenings, and less humidity. The beach season in Daytona Beach normally runs from early March to late November.

Get in

The Daytona Beach Clocktower, an unusual landmark near the beach, dedicated to Sir Malcolm Campbell.

By plane

You can fly into Daytona Beach International Airport (IATADAB[2], which is located adjacent to the Daytona Speedway and is served by Delta Air LinesUS Airways, and recently JET Blue added direct flights from NYC.. Other airports nearby are Orlando International (MCO) orJacksonville International (JAX), both of which are approximately an hour away.

VOTRAN's #18 & #19 buses connect the airport to Downtown Dayton Beach. 

Orlando-Sanford International Airport (IATASFB) is about 30 miles (48 km) west of the city in Sanford. Several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast, land here. If you are flying Allegiant Air from within the U.S. or Icelandair from Iceland, you will land at Sanford Airport.

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