People have been flocking to Daytona Beach for centuries. It all began in 1513 when Ponce de Leon discovered the Fountain of Youth. Wealthy northerner Matthias Day fell in love with Daytona, built the first hotel here in 1874 and become known as the Founding Father of Daytona. Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated game here during spring training in 1946. Bill France founded NASCAR in 1948, and built the World Center of Racing – Daytona International Speedway.
There are 23 miles of gorgeous white sand beaches in Daytona, so beach time is always an option. Soak up some rays or take a scenic riverboat tour. Rent a jet boat or a jet ski. Surf the waves, or kayak or paddleboard inshore. Charter a fishing boat or enjoy the view while you parasail. The choices for aquatic fun in Daytona Beach are endless.
Daytona Beach also offers great seaside shopping, exciting events every day and a ton of terrific places for the entire family, including Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, the Reptile Discovery Center, Daytona Ice Arena, the Marine Science Center and a host of historic sites and museums. The nightlife in Daytona is incomparable; the races at Daytona International Speedway are world-renowned; and the restaurants, lining almost every street, whet every possible appetite. Watch the sunset while dining at Caribbean Jack’s, order a steak that will melt in your mouth at the Chart House, or enjoy a tropical drink in any of the countless beachside restaurants and bars.