Summer is high season here, and though it brings temperatures in the sweltering 90s, that doesn’t discourage millions of families from making this their go-to summer vacation.
If you travel during late spring or early fall, when school is in session, you can get balmy temperatures with a fraction of the crowds. As an added bonus, you might witness sea turtle season: Toward the end of May, mama turtles climb out of the ocean at night to lay their eggs in the dunes that border some of Daytona’s wilder beaches. In the fall, baby turtles ditch their “cribs” and head back into the surf.
Even with a crackdown on spring break hijinks (Daytona now attracts half the college crowd it once saw), March can still be hectic. So, if you’re a coed looking for camaraderie, early spring is still the ticket. Want a different kind of party? The beach town has become wildly popular with motorcyclists in recent years, hosting two massive biker-fests, Biketoberfest in October and Bike Week in March. Beware: Hotels tend to increase prices for this group, so plan accordingly.
If you think Daytona Beach doesn’t have a winter, you’re mostly right. Temperatures rarely dip below 50, even in January, and sun is practically guaranteed. The Daytona 500 is in February, bringing with it thousands of race fans and their own cultural contributions (beer helmets, wraparound sunglasses). If you’re not interested in that kind of race, consider the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, which includes a lap around the Daytona International Speedway in addition to long beachside sections of the course.