Daytona Beach, Florida | Summer 2013 | RTX Traveler Magazine

Daytona provides the quintessential beach experience for visitors seeking sand, sun, surf and a variety of adventure. From family-friendly activities on the boardwalk to antique shopping on the riverfront, there’s plenty to explore beyond the popular beaches.

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Thanks to the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.daytonabeach.com for providing photos for our Daytona articles.

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Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos Inspired by Daytona, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine

Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos Inspired by Daytona, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine

Fresh seafood is one of the best things about visiting a coastal destination, and tacos are an easy, fun and relatively healthy way to serve and enjoy it. If you’re in Daytona, visit one of the area’s fresh seafood markets like Hull’s, whose two commercial fishing vessels bring in the best catch every day. They also contract with other vessel owners for additional items, promoting domestic and sustainable fisheries. Ask about the freshest white fish they have, and your fish tacos will be the best you’ve tasted. These fish tacos are great for a crowd, and pair perfectly with a prickly pear margarita.

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Daytona’s Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club | RTX Traveler Magazine

Daytona’s Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club | RTX Traveler Magazine

Daytona has no shortage of restaurants serving up fresh seafood and stellar beach views, but the Ocean Deck stands out among all others for its variety of options for diners, beach bums and nightlife seekers alike. It’s been serving locals and visitors alike since the 1940s, so they must be doing something right.

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Central Florida’s Largest Museum (MOAS) | RTX Traveler Magazine

Central Florida’s Largest Museum (MOAS) | RTX Traveler Magazine

It may be true that those who daydream of Daytona may have visions of lounging on sandy beaches and fast cars on the speedway, but there’s quite a bit of history, art and culture in the area for those who are looking for something a little different. The Daytona Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) has incredible permanent collections and temporary exhibitions that could take hours to browse.

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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse | Daytona Beach

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse | Daytona Beach

A few miles south of Daytona Beach, the high rise hotels and flashy restaurants give way to smaller beach houses and mom-and-pop diners. At the southernmost point of the beach peninsula, Ponce Inlet is a laid-back community known for prime fishing and natural beaches. Several historical and nature-based attractions make this a great spot to spend a day during your Daytona vacation.

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SUP Paddleboard Tour and Class on Halifax River

SUP Paddleboard Tour and Class on Halifax River

Imagine gliding along the surface of Daytona’s calm Halifax River. The sounds you hear are the small waves lapping against your board and your paddle slicing into the current. You’re focused on a stream of rippling current a few yards in front of you, and suddenly a manatee, with its strange and chubby Shar-Pei like face, breaks through the surface and makes a brief and memorable experience.

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Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine  

Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine  

While Daytona is home to a long history of and legacy of auto racing, the beachside town also holds an important place in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Until recently, many visitors may not have immediately made that connection, but the April 2013 release of the film 42 about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson has brought Daytona’s Jackie Robinson Ballpark (originally known as City Island Ball Park) into the spotlight.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Daytona is often synonymous with NASCAR, as automobile racing in the area dates back to 1903 when two men were debating who had the fastest horseless carriage and decided to test it out on what is now known as the “World’s Most Famous Beach.”

By 1935, Daytona became known as the “Birthplace of Speed” and the sport evolved to stock car racing on a track comprised of a 1.5 mile stretch of hard, wide sand combined with another 1.5 miles of paved road with curved sand banks in between. In 1947, a local mechanic and stock car racer named Bill France gave up racing to focus on promoting the sport in the area and subsequently founded the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

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Beach Alternatives for Kids in Daytona | RTX Traveler Magazine

The days of Daytona as a wild and crazy spring break destination may be fading into the past, but these days there are plenty of opportunities for spring breakers of yesteryear to come back and have a different kind of wild and crazy adventure – with their kids! Bring kids of any age to just about any beach and they’ll be happy with a few sand buckets and a boogie board, at least for a while. Daytona has several kid-friendly attractions that are the perfect alternative to beachy fun during a summer thunderstorm or when there’s one to many sunburns in the family.

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Daytona Beach: The World’s Most Famous Beach | RTX Traveler

Daytona Beach: The World’s Most Famous Beach | RTX Traveler

Daytona provides the quintessential beach experience for visitors seeking sand, sun, surf and a variety of adventure. From family-friendly activities on the boardwalk to antique shopping on the riverfront, there’s plenty to explore beyond the popular beaches.

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