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Daytona Beach and NASCAR…That’s pretty much it.
Wrong! The beautiful waters of Daytona Beach that stretch along 23 miles of the coast of Florida, and the motorsports that have happened on the blacktop and in the sand are indeed remarkable and large attention grabbers for people all around the world, but the city of Daytona is so much more than those two things. The “Spring Break Capital of the World” is a truly amazing place all year long and while the college-aged tourists may only seek to enjoy the beach for a single week out of the year, the residents of this great place know the real beauty of Daytona that tourists only think they know.
Daytona was incorporated in 1876 and named after Mathias Day, Jr who built a hotel which the initial section of the town was built around – the Daytona Beach Historic District. Today’s Daytona Beach was formed with the merging of four separate towns – Daytona, Daytona Beach, Kingston and Seabreeze – and was named “The World’s Most Famous Beach” by the 1920s.
The culture of motorsports came to Daytona in 1902 with the smooth, compact sand of the beach being the testing site for new automobiles. Beginning in 1904, land speed record attempts became a popular thing for the beach as the 23-mile course grew in fame. It wasn’t until the record of 276.816 mph was set in 1935 that the speed racing in Daytona ended, but a year later was the first stock car race on the Daytona Beach Road Course. The Daytona International Speedway was created in 1958 with the help of NASCAR, replacing the old beach course.
The history of Daytona has continued on in present day, but as the popularity of the area has grown, so have the attractions and the culture aspects of the city. With museums holding legendary collections, restaurants that offer fantastic cuisine, and corporate headquarters for various major organizations, Daytona Beach is a hub of fun and excitement that you would be proud to call home as you enjoy your new life in one of the Daytona apartments for rent.
Things to Do in Daytona:
No matter your age, there are definitely things to do in Daytona. The nightlife, cultural events and attractions, festivals, recreational activities, sports, shopping, dining, and of course the beach, all make life in Daytona a great place and sure to keep you on your toes.
Nightlife is lively in any city, but in Daytona it’s everything. Options range from comedy clubs to wine bars –whatever you are in the mood for on any given night, you can find a place to go. When you want to dance all night, try the city’s largest club, Razzle’s Nightclub, or take it country at the Rockin’ Ranch Night Club. If you are in the mood to LOL or ROTFL then stop by Bonkerz Comedy Club at Grandview Live or the Joke Factory Comedy Club. To relax and simply have a nice smoke and conversation, there’s Fletcher’s Cigar Bar & Social, or enjoy a hookah and belly dancing at the Hookah Bookah Lounge. For a sophisticated night out on the town, the Ormond Wine Co. and the Wine Bank are your place for large selections of wine.
Arts and culture are large and rich portions of life in Daytona. With various venues, performing arts, museums, galleries and historical sites, the beauty that can be found in the city is breathtaking and intriguing. Venues such as the Cinematique Theater, the Peabody Auditorium, and the Daytona Playhouse play host to live concerts, foreign and independent films, performing arts and more. Performing arts events take place all the time, be it the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, a visiting performance group, or a local poetry slam. You can also visit local museums and historic sites such as the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, or the Howard Thurman Home.
Daytona is also dubbed the Festival Capital of Florida, and for good reason. There are annual festivals taking place in Daytona all year long. February is the month for Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway, and it is followed by Bike Week in March, both bringing motorists from all over to the area. The Summer Concert Series has the Daytona Bandshell packed with live entertainment and fireworks on a weekly basis. The Fourth of July is a hit with the popular Coke Zero 400. Fall is the biggest season of all as Daytona hosts the Daytona Blues Festival, Biketoberfest, the Daytona Beach Film Festival, the Halifax Art Festival, and the Turkey Run held on Thanksgiving weekend.
Putting on your bathing suit and hitting the beach is nice, but not something you want to do every day. When you want to get out of your Daytona apartment, try some of the other outdoor activities that are available. Head to the treetops with Zoom Air Adventure Park as you zipline, swing, climb, and balance your way through Tuscawilla Park. Tiger Bay State Forest is perfect for enjoying the outdoors as they offer biking, hiking, boating, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and picnicking. You can also do some nature studies. Hit the greens at one of the local golf clubs in Daytona and the surrounding area, like the Daytona Beach Golf Club or LPGA International.
Dining in Daytona has grown in size and quality since its conception. With one-of-a-kind restaurants and eateries, the food here is exceptional. For some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever had, straight from the Atlantic, visit LuLu’s Oceanside Grill or the film-famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. If you’re craving a juicy, flavorful burger with fresh toppings then Earl Street Grill and ScuttleButts Pub should be on the list. The Shores Fest Haus is a local secret for deli sandwiches and German beer. Chez Paul serves gourmet cuisine of French and Italian inspiration.
What to Consider When Moving to Daytona:
When moving to Daytona, you must consider the tourism; with over eight million visitors to the city annually, most of the economy in the area revolves around the tourist industry. The economy is also composed of manufacturing and corporate headquarters for companies like SunTrust Bank, Halifax Media Group, and Ladies Professional Golf Association. Not to mentioning the shopping that takes place at the Volusia Mall, the Ocean Walk Shoppes, and the Promenade Shopping Center.
Even as a large tourist attraction, Daytona is still suitable for family life. As part of the Volusia County School System, there are several K-12 schools available, as well as the Father Lopez Catholic School.
A major factor to consider when moving to Daytona is the weather. With water all around, Daytona has a humid subtropical climate that makes life in this city that much better. Daytona has two seasons – May to October, November to April. The warmer season is hot and wet with temperatures in the 80s and 90s during the day and 70s at night. During the cooler season, the weather is warm and dry with temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the day, and 50s and 60s at night. December to February are the coldest months of the year, as typical in the U.S., and occasional cold fronts do come in and disrupt the perfect weather, putting the daytime temperature in the 50s and in the 30s during the evening.
Why Daytona Apartments Are Hot:
Daytona makes Daytona apartments hot. This is one of the great cities in the U.S. that everyone wants to visit. People drive and fly from everywhere to come to Daytona. The food is amazing, the nightlife is jumping, the culture is phenomenal, and the outdoor activities never end. All of this in perfect weather — what more could you ask for?
The “World Center of Racing,” the “Spring Break Capital of the World,” the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” where else can so many great titles be given to one place? Nowhere but in Daytona. Come and have a new adventure every day if you wish, or just come and relax and soak up the sun and fresh, ocean air. Every day is a vacation when you rent an apartment in Daytona.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Eastern Florida State College
- Florida Metro University Melbourne
- Florida Institute of Tech
- Keiser College Melbourne
- University of Central Florida
Nearby Military Bases
Why Daytona Beach?
- Fun annual events, such as spring break and Biketoberfest.
- Attending races at Daytona International Speedway, home of the NASCAR Daytona 500.
- Daytona is home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the best flight school in the country.
- Beautiful beaches with free, open access and several vehicle-accessible beach areas.
- Dozens of museums, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Stetson Mansion, and Lilian Place.
- Scuba diving at offshore reefs, swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, boating, and snorkeling!
Aerial view of Daytona Beach
Waves crashing along the shore
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Driving on the beach is permitted in certain areas.
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Depression-era clock tower on Daytona Beach boardwalk.
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Completed in 1887, the historic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the best preserved lighthouse in the country.
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