The beating heart of Florida and its eighth-largest metro area, Daytona Beach has been known as "the world's most famous beach" since the 1920s. From biking trails and adrenaline-pumping auto racing to self-indulgent spas and boutique shopping centers, Daytona Beach has it all.
Neighborhoods in Daytona Beach
You won't go wrong no matter which neighborhood you choose in Daytona Beach. Some of our top picks include:
Daytona Beach Apartments
Apartments in Daytona Beach, FL, offer something for people of all ages and interests. Beach house rentals are common in Daytona, but apartment living often offers more of the amenities you want, such as pools, a clubhouse and fitness center. Best of all, these apartments are comparable in price to Daytona Beach condo rentals. Let Apartment Guide's easy-to-use search tool help you select the right apartment in Daytona Beach.
Attractions in Daytona Beach
As a world-class destination on the eastern coast of Florida, Daytona offers fishing, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and an array of other water sports. On land, you can find abundant opportunities for golfing, tennis and zip lining. Daytona Beach is also the home of Bike Week, one of the country's largest motorcycle rallies. If you feel the need for speed, don't miss a race at Daytona International Speedway, or climb aboard a go-kart at one of the family-friendly attractions in Daytona. Aside from sports and outdoors, Daytona Beach abounds with shopping, dining and nightlife. Want to soak up the summer sun? Avoid beach house rentals and apply for a short-term apartment lease, the perfect alternative to renting an expensive vacation home.
For free things to do in Daytona Beach, attend one of the annual events in the "Festival Capital of Florida," snap a selfie in front of the famous dugout mural at Jackie Robinson Ballpark or hone your creative skills in a class at Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens.
Info for Families with Kids
Daytona Beach offers 20 public elementary, middle and high schools as well as 45 private schools. To reward the kids' academic achievement, take a tour of the Angell & Phelps chocolate factory or pack a picnic and head to Sun Splash Park, a four-acre facility with a playground and fountains.
Daytona Beach's Natural Beauty
Areas such as Ponce Inlet provide restful marshes, tall grasses and an abundance of shore birds, including heron, ibis and egrets. Wildflowers and wildlife preserves are also common around Daytona.
Pet-friendly Daytona Beach
As you might expect in a city that embraces living outdoors, Daytona Beach is also a pet-friendly destination. From dog parks like Halifax Humane Society Dog Park, with its shade, trails, agility courses and water stations, to Three Brothers Boards, which offers dog-friendly stand-up paddleboard tours, your pup will love living here as much as you do.
Getaways from Daytona Beach
Daytona boasts nearly 24 miles of beachscape, but in less than four hours, you can be enjoying the sun and fun in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach and Miami Beach. If you cross the panhandle to visit St. Petersburg, home to U.S. News & World Report's #1 beach in Florida, spend a few nights with the family at Walt Disney World in Orlando, about one hour from Daytona.