If you think Daytona Beach is only for those who like to rev their engines – and those who watch them – it’s time to turn your head anew in the direction of this lively beach town surrounded by nature on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Graced by good weather year-round, home to great golf courses and with some of Florida’s most impressive nature (and a good dose of history, too!), there’s lots to love.
Tour a former Rockefeller residence
Head out on a free tour of the winter residence of American business magnate John D. Rockefeller at The Casements, a historical mansion on the banks of the Halifax River that dates to 1913 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restored period rooms and the beautiful gardens and pond are among the highlights.
Visit the historic fishing village and lighthouse in Ponce Inlet
In Daytona Beach’s southern reaches, Ponce Inlet is a bonafide fishing village with working marinas that’s home to the tallest lighthouse (53 metres) in Florida, completed in 1887. You can head out on a self-guided look-see or join a group tour at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & National Museum, a National Historic Landmark. Feeling energetic? Climb the 203 steps to the top of the tower for sweeping coastal views.
Hit the greens
With more than 20 golf courses in Daytona Beach area, you can be certain there’s one with your name on it, whether you’re a retired pro, weekend warrior or newly passionate. Open to the public, the most famous course is the Arthur Hills and Rees Jones-designed LPGA International, a celebrated 36-hole facility that’s been named among Florida’s top public courses.
Get social in the craft beer scene
There’s lots happening in this part of Florida on the craft beer front, so head out for hoppy samples along the Daytona Beach Ale Trail, which points the way to breweries and tap houses along the coast and in surprising inland locales (Blue Springs Brewing), too.
Speaking of Blue Spring, that’s exactly where you should consider going for a shot at spotting Florida’s most lovable marine mammal: the manatee. At Blue Spring State Park, crystal clear waters stay at constant 73°F (22°C) year-round in a freshwater spring that’s positively Caribbean in colour. Manatees are reliably seen here from November through March but narrated river cruises are offered year-round.
Take time-out for self care
Wellness of all types – from massages to music, beachfront yoga classes and even yoga kits delivered free of charge to your room – awaits at Rock Spa, inside the 200-room Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. The waterfront property opened in 2018 and offers a seafood restaurant (Sessions) and firepits and ocean views at the Wave Terrace.
Presented in collaboration with the
Daytona Beach Area Convention & Vistors Bureau