GEOGRAPHY The Daytona Beach area is located in Florida's Central East Coast region. It includes eight communities stretching 23 miles (36.8 kilometers) along the Atlantic Coast. Daytona Beach is the most well-known municipality within the county of Volusia. Other cities and towns in the Daytona Beach area include Ormond Beach, Ormond By-The-Sea, South Daytona, Daytona, Beach Shores, Holly Hill, Wilbur By-The-Sea and Ponce Inlet. There are three major rivers in the area: the St. Johns River at the western boundary of Volusia County, the Tomoka River leading from the resort area inland through the Tomoka State Park, and the Halifax River, also known as the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs parallel to the coastline.
THE BEACH The beach is 23 miles long and up to 500 feet wide at low tide. The gentle slope and tides have packed the hard, white sands nearest the ocean, enabling automobile access. Of the 23 miles of beach, 11 miles allow driving and parking during the day and when the tide permits. The sand becomes softer as one moves further inland from the waterline. Sand dunes in the area can reach as high as 25 feet.
THE WEATHER The average annual temperature is a warm 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). The average water temperature is also 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A typical January might range between the mid 60s and low 70s during the day and the 50s at night. Occasionally, there are cooler days but the temperature along the beach will usually be several degrees warmer than it is 15 miles (24 kilometers) inland. This moderating effect occurs because of ocean breezes, which also keep the climate mild in the winter.
TOURISM The Daytona Beach area is one of the most popular destinations in America. More than eight million visitors from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe come to the area each year.
The Daytona Beach area has more than 200 hotels, motels and inns with a combined total of more than 12,000 guestrooms. The area is a year-round destination because of good weather, special sporting and cultural events and its proximity to other major attractions. The Daytona Beach area is only an hour's drive to the greater Orlando area and its attractions, as the well as St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center.
Orlando 53 miles St. Augustine 53 miles Tampa 139 miles Miami 251 miles Atlanta 419 miles
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES The Daytona Beach area is excellent for deep-sea fishing. Record size marlin and other fish are abundant in the Atlantic Ocean. Fresh water fishing is also popular. Other outdoor activities include canoeing, camping, golfing, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, surfing, SCUBA diving, racquet sports, horseback riding, and of course, relaxing on the beach.