Daytona Beach is the classic Florida Spring Break destination. While it was very popular at one time as the college coed party capital, now many of the former party die-hards are back with their families. Daytona Beach is still a great place to be for Spring Break because one thing never changes and that is the beach.
Spring Break Beach Activities
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On the beach you can do all the ‘classic’ things like lay out and soak up some rays and get a tan, which if your from the North will make you the envy of all your friends, and build sand castles. Now days you don’t even have to lug all you own stuff to the beach anymore, you can rent chairs and umbrellas. You can buy suntan lotion, sunglasses and hats from vendors that are dotted all along the beach. They have places where you can get a light meal of a burger or a chicken sandwich and there is an ice cream truck that sometimes travels a beach route if you’d just like a rocket pop.
If you’d like to spend the day in the water you can rent Jet Ski’s and go plowing through the waves but be mindful because you won’t be alone, many people surf, wake board and even skim board along the shore. Kite boarding has become popular sport, so you’re likely to see a few of them too. The kites they use are very colorful and it’s breathtaking to see them catch air off the waves. Sometimes off in the distance you’ll see a shrimp boat catching shrimp that will be served soon in a local restaurant near you.
Family Fun in Daytona Beach
As popular as Daytona is for college students on Spring Break it is still a great place for families too. One of the best things about Daytona Beach is that you can drive on the beach. If you have a convertible it’s a great place to put the top down but if you’d like ATV’s are available to rent and so are motorized beach carts. You can pop a kid on an ATV and go for miles or, with the motorized beach cart, you can take the whole family.
Try DJ’s Deck for Fresh Local Seafood
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy some of the local flavor try DJ’s Deck seafood restaurant located in the marina almost under the Dunlawton Bridge. They have indoor or outdoor seating. If you sit outdoors, like we did, the tiki huts face the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway. Food wise they serve fried fish sandwiches, spiced peel & eat shrimp which we had that are locally caught and were delicious, along with clams, oysters, crab legs and homemade seafood gumbo. If seafood isn’t your favorite they also serve chicken, hamburgers and an array of specialty salads. Appetizers include calamari, gator tail and shark bites, their kids menu is cleverly called their “Shrimpy” menu. They have homemade desserts and serve soda, tea, beer, wine and blended tropical drinks. Their portions are generous and their prices are very family friendly.
Annual Bike Week Festival
Some of the excitement during Spring Break in Daytona Beach is the annual Bike Week festival, this year it’s scheduled for March 4-13. Bikers from all over the world converge on Daytona Beach for nine days of live music, motorcycle races, bikini contests and other wild events. There are pretty girls selling cold beer, drink and food specials and all the souvenir T-shirts and leather you could ever want to take home. Most of the festivities take place on Main Street, but the Speedway and Destination Daytona have things going on too.
PlacesAroundFlorida.com Visits Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn
We were in Daytona Beach this weekend attending a workshop with several other bloggers as guests of the Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn. We were treated to dinner and they took us on a tour of the property to show us one of their spectacular penthouse suites with floor to ceiling windows offering a breathtaking view of the ocean. The next day they prepared a delicious breakfast for us complete with espresso, it was wonderful experience and a great place to stay. Myscha Theriault also wrote about the trip, read her post about cheap things to do in Daytona Beach.
Originally Published on March 2nd, 2011