There are some places on earth that make you feel just so chilled and almost at home. For me Daytona Beach was one of those places. It really is a crazy place for a world famous beach. It is literally just next to a major town so seems so odd to walk 50 meters and be on a white sandy beach. I’ve always lived near the seaside so it was interesting to see what other people appreciate a beach to be. The beaches where I live aren’t always pleasant and I’m not joking when I say the water is freezing. But I don’t know what I expected from the North of England?!
Daytona became famous for it’s major car races which started actually racing down the beach before being moved to a proper stadium which is much better equipped. Although it is completely lawful it really is strange to be stood paddling in the Atlantic and a car to rush past behind. Yes, that’s right driving on the beach is legal. Pretty strange right?
The beach is so white and pure, not really comparable to anything I’ve experienced at home. It gives a really beachy vibe and the serenity of the area would make you think you haven’t just stepped out of a major town. It’s quite deceiving!
As for the town itself. Daytona is a lovely little town, the bright coloured shops and houses make it feel all the more tropical. There are streets of antiques and vintage shops which are definitely a must if you are looking for something besides Disney related tat and plastic cups. Each little shop is different in its own way and all the people running it are so nice and friendly.
Unfortunately due to time restraints and a tropical storm chasing us, we couldn’t stay in Daytona for long. It was merely a passing visit. But certainly one that stuck with me. If you are in the Orlando area it is only a short drive up the coast to Daytona and DeLand and one that will definitly be worth it!