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What to do in Daytona Beach

Climb the 203 steps to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida, and take a long-range look at Daytona Beach, 12 miles up the Atlantic Coast. From here, Daytona appears serene, a far cry from its reputation as a party spot in the ’80s and early ’90s. Today, there’s more to this town than Jimmy Buffet cover bands and daiquiris: Standup paddleboard tours weave through intracoastal waterways, and while surf camps entice kids, NASCAR camps lure dads. Daytona is reemerging as the beach town that once attracted the country’s wealthiest industrialists (think Rockefeller). Glimpse its true character during a tour of historic mansions in the small neighborhood of Ormond Beach. Or see it at the ballpark where Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Or just climb the lighthouse—and find it 175 feet above the coast.

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Erica rates Daytona Beach
Beautiful beach, good waves and you can drive your car right onto the beach which is cool, if you are ok with hetting your car really sandy. They do not allow dogs though, even if you are keep them in the car while you drive through, which was a big negative for me. The town itself is absolutely packed with things to do, shopping, eating and other attractions, and of course the the town is home to the Daytona 500 and bike week.
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