Party, party, party with 3,000 of your closest friends.
Traffic is horrid during race week, bike week....
Daytona is fine if you go off season or know where to drive
it was a publicity campaign from the 70's and just found me a picture of the beach from 1977 when I first got into the city and was wild ,great memories. One of the best beaches around where you can come in with your car, now in summer season you pay 5 dollars per car, the rest of the year is free . I live here while going to university studies...more
the ponce inlet lighthouse was designed by francis h. smith and was built in 1887. this lighthouse is the tallest in florida and the second tallest in the united states. along with the lighthouse is a museum and a small park. you can go up to the top of the lighthouse for a small fee.more
Kennedy Space Center was created in 1958 and NASA bought much of the land in 1962. In 1963 the site was named after President Kennedy shortly after his death. I visited Kennedy Space Center in 1985, when it was still a relatively new facility and less than a year before the Challenger disaster.more
This is no longer the Ocean Sands resort that should have been condemned, its a Hampton Inn now that...more
Me and my friends gone to Daytona Beach last December 2008, where we experienced good quality...more
It started as Logan's in the 1940's, then 2411 Oceanfront Villas by folks from LI NY...started going...more
Dustin's is a good local barbecue restaurant with five locations around Daytona Beach, including the restaurant where we ate, located in Port Orange. We stopped in, hoping for a quick, cheap and tasty lunch, and Dustin's didn't disappoint. We started with big glasses of sweat tea (with free refills), then we all ordered off the lunch menu. Two of...more
BJ's is a brewery and restaurant with a great location, just across the street from Daytona International Speedway. We arrived on a race day, during practice, and the restaurant was surprisingly not busy. We started with beers; I had the Abby Normal, and Laura decided on the Jeremiah Red. The Abby is a seasonal double ale, traditionally brewed by...more
When we got to Daytona (spring 2004) we called our friend Charlie who was at Caribbean Jacks. He was going to come over and take us to a restaurant. But his car was blocked in (by patrons of the restaurant at his marina), so he rode his motorcycle over to our marina and met us at this restaurant which was brand new and had just opened.We ate out on...more
I hang out here quite a bit mostly because of the following reasons:1)It's on the water with a beautiful atmosphere2)Live entertainment (Neil Freestone plays every Friday 5-9pm so that's my night)3)Really tasty food at a good price, awesome fish dishes4) After 10 it turns into a cool dance club but I'm usually in bed by then, very trendy and...more
bishop tavern is a new orleans style bar located on main street. this is one of a chain of bars that also have locations in st. petersburg and gainesville. they have a upstairs patio which is a fun place to drink and people watch. the bishop tavern is one of the nicer bars on main street. casual.more
I thought I could turn right at a red light if all was clear, but I was wrong. Well, I didn't see the sign saying don't turn at a red light, at this junction anyway :) I was still getting used to driving here and completely didn't see it, and so when I got back to the UK, found a letter telling me I had a $200 fine :(The rule is something like...more
Is this tip related to transportation or tourist traps? You could apply it to both topics. Parking on non-race days is usually easy to find and free. We parked across the street from the main entance to the Raceway in the shopping center where Ruby Tuesdays is located. We left the car there for about 6 hours each time with no problems at all. Race...more
Once you arrive at the Daytona Beach airport, rent a car ASAP. You can do nothing without one. You can't just walk around, there are no sidewalks, and distances are huge. I always had to drive everywhere, even to the supermarket. You'll only see pedestrians close to the beach; within the city you'll see nobody walking (as I said, no sidewalks).more
I reckon Daytona sells the best beachware ever. I bought a bikini in 2004 & haven't seen anything better - I've now stopped shopping for bikinis! Pretty expensive tho - you look at the top & think "hmm - quite expensive for a bikini"....then you realise the price is for the top only and the bottoms are equally expensive. Place I bought mine ( can't...more
When you go to Daytona, you may wonder why you see so many references to "***".Who is this "***"? Why, she's YOU!If your partner rides a bike, then you're the *** who sits behind him. Or if you're even luckier, you're the *** who owns your OWN bike! In the latter case, you'll want to purchase this kind of shirt - which you won't have any problem...more
well I did worked since very young in parents businesses but in Daytona Beach was my first job for others... and it was right in city center, with an outfit now gone. It was on Live Oak Avenue closer to Palmetto.It was a nice five office persons in the resorts business, and all got alone very nicely. On Fridays the boss will let me go by 1pm so...more
daytona beach has a number of events through out the year. one of the most attended events is bike week in march and biketoberfest in october. motorcyclists from all over the country come to daytona beach for these events. see the attached website for more information. for those visiting daytona beach for a quiet relaxing vacation these two events...more
Ticket scalping must be a local custom at DIR. There are LOTS of men (not saying there aren't any women but I never saw any) on the side of the street / sidewalk buying and selling tickets. All of the men that spoke to us were polite and all we had to do was say no and they left us alone. As always, the rule is be polite to strangers if you want...more
Motorized vehicles allowed on beach. Don't be fooled if you are in an area that doesn't allow cars - you still have beach patrol, ice cream vendors, etc. Nothing like the roar of a car rushing inches away from your head as you sleep on the beach to make you jump up and drag the blanket significant distance away.Watch yourself and your stuff. There...more
Daytona Beach is friggin crazy during Spring Break. Personally, I don't like it. I mean, if I wanted to stand next to some guy who says things like, "Dude, my balls are huge!" while holding up two beach balls and then laughs like an idiot, I would visit some sort of special home for people like that. Also, the feminist movement gets knocked back...more
Taking the tour of the infield at Daytona Speedway was almost a waste of money. I say almost because while the information the guide had was not worth the money, the experience was. Compaired to the number of people that come to races, the infield crowd is small. The tour gives a view of the track from an "inside-out" angle. My advise? If you are...more
That's something that can cost you more money than really neccesary. Depending on where you get it. I've seen ATM's that would charge up to 4 dollar if you'd use them.. If you ad up the cost you're own bank will charge you for using an ATM outside the country. In the event theres no K-mart, Wall Mart or anything like that closeby just pay by using...more
Luggage and bags:
If you bring Leather, be sure to condition it first, the humidity can play havoc on leathers. It can cause mold to grow quickly. Be sure not to leave cloth, vinyl or leather in the sun for long as it will dry it out, and cause cracking and fading.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In Daytona we dress for comfort, be sure to bring clothing that will allow you to dress for a warm, and often Humid Climate. Be sure to check our current weather forcast before you come down. Our temperature changes can be extreme, so be prepared to put on, and take of layers througout the day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring lots of sun block. Daytona Sun is one of it's greatest features. However, people often underestimate it's intensity and fry like a lobster. Bring Aloe Based care products as well, this way if you do get burned you can treat it right away before it ruines your vacation.
Photo Equipment: Keep in mind that salt air will corode contacts. Bring extra batteries. Many locals recommend the Alkaline and Nicle Metal Hydride rechargable, and or disposable batteries, but be sure to check for corrosion were the contacts meet.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Daytona Beach Area has alot of beautiful camping opportunities. But keep in mind that we have alot of standing water, and swamps. This is a breeding grounds for mosquitos. Mosquito bites do not necessarily hurt, but they do itch. More importantly though Mosquitos can carry uncomfortable illnesses. Although it is almost never heard in the area of anyone contracting mosquito born disease, don't take a chance. Wear mosquito protection. Avon makes some great products, that are said to be better for your body than other products on the market.
Miscellaneous: Be sure to pack for the type of trip you are planning. It's simple if you are going fishing, remember your gear. Horse back riding, bring a saddle, and in all cases bring your favorite swim suit.
the last resort bar, formerly known as the port orange pub may be of interest to those interested in florida crime history. the last resort bar was the capture site of the serial killer aileen wuornos. wuornos was a prositute that murdered seven central florida men between 1989 and 1990. the manhunt and trial of aileen wuornos received national...more
I CAN'T AGREE WITH THE TIP ON HALIFAX. MY EXPERIENCES THERE WERE NOT THAT GOOD.--ALL 3 TIMES. THE FIRST ONE BEING AN EMERGENCY. THE NURSES I HAD VIRTUALLY IGNORED ME AS MUCH AS THEY COULD. IT SEEMED THEY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY not TO DO ANYTHING IN THE WAY OF COMFORT MEASURES.ON THE OTHER HAND, I HAVE BEEN TO ORMOND BEACH HOSP. AND THE CARE THERE...more
You will enjoy the walking tour of the Ponce de Leon Light Station. There are great exhibits featuring the history of this lighthouse.If you are in good physical shape, be sure to climb to the top of the lighthouse. There are 203 steps to the gallery deck. This lighthouse is 175 feet tall and contains 1.4 MILLION bricks! Be careful -- climbing is...more
football/soccer has been my game all my life, since my first steps into a field/pitch at Casa de Campo in Madrid with the Real Madrid alavin team; went on thru my travels in high school in NJ and then university here in FL. and on and on even today in corporate league.lol!I played varsity senior team and started in defense with some midfield uses...more
The former English Jim's has undergone a sea change, and is now Caribbean Jacks. There are new fixed piers, a pool, and new showers etc. There is a boaters lounge with TV and internet line. There is cable TV at the dock. The promised restaurant has now been built. Parks is within walking distance and is very good, and cheap (has early bird specials...more
What a cool place! I don't really have any particular interest in racing, but I had the opportunity to visit the track when they were testing and when it was closed to the public. The place is huge and track is so long and high when you see it up close! You can also pay to either have a driver drive you around the track or you can pay extra and...more
I do a long road trip from time to time, driving from Key West to Northern Virginia. Daytona Beach is a good goal to reach in the afternoon. For the three dollar twilight fee you can drive right onto the beach and have a nice long walk on the beach to break up the driving. You can't beat a nice barefoot walk in the sand to help you recover from...more