DAY­TONA BEACH: THE BEST OF EV­ERY­THING

World-class beaches, sports, shops, restau­rants and live en­ter­tain­ment— this place has it all.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY STEVE WIN­STON

Quick . . . Name the only place in Amer­ica where you can loll on one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful beaches in the morn­ing, tee up at a chal­leng­ing course at mid­day, and take a real race car for a spin around one of the world’s iconic race­tracks in the af­ter­noon.

The an­swer, of course, is Day­tona Beach! The 37-kilo­me­tre-long beach has long been ac­knowl­edged as one of the best on Earth, and per­haps the widest. The sand is soft pow­der, the waves are warm­ing, and the colours are vivid on Florida’s east coast.

FOR SPORTS BUFFS

Golf any­one? There are some two dozen ex­cel­lent, chal­leng­ing and lushly land­scaped cour­ses in the Day­tona Beach area. And golf is not just a sum­mer sport here. Thanks to coastal Florida’s mild tem­per­a­tures, you can play year-round on cour­ses such as those at LPGA In­ter­na­tional or the award-win­ning greens at Cy­press Head Golf Club.

Head over to the Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, home of the famed DAY­TONA 500, the big­gest race in NASCAR, which takes place on Fe­bru­ary 17, 2019. Even if you can’t at­tend the race, get be­hind the wheel of one of these ba­bies and ac­tu­ally take it for a spin at the NASCAR Rac­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence! While here, you can also tour the speed­way and view per­haps the world’s great­est col­lec­tion of rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia at the Mo­tor­sports Hall of Fame of Amer­ica.

RE­TAIL THER­APY AND MORE

Day­tona’s “best of” list doesn’t stop there, how­ever. Shop ’til you drop at the brand new ONE DAY­TONA com­plex across from the track, where you’ll find a unique col­lec­tion of first-to-mar­ket re­tail out­lets and spe­cialty shops, restau­rants and live en­ter­tain­ment. In fact, Day­tona Beach is filled with great restau­rants, more than 40 of which are on the wa­ter­front.

The re­gion is rich in his­tory as well. Walk along paths lead­ing to an­cient In­dian grounds, su­gar-mill ru­ins and his­toric villages. Visit Ponce In­let Light­house, Florida’s tallest at 53 me­tres, com­pleted in 1887.

Also, don’t for­get to take the kids out for minia­ture golf and to the Day­tona Beach Board­walk and Pier for rides and amuse­ments.

DAY­TONA BEACH AREA CON­VEN­TION & VIS­I­TORS BUREAU

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