If you think Daytona Beach is a just another spot for tourists to check off their bucket lists, think again. Recent figures from the Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office show that Florida is the second favorite destination in America for international visitors.
Here’s the clincher: Florida’s 7.2 million international tourists in 2013 rose to 8.5 million in a single year. That 18-percent increase is the highest of all travel destinations in the country’s top 10.
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Read on for a sample of what millions of international tourists are enjoying in Daytona Beach:
- Beautiful Beaches
Twenty-three uninterrupted miles of open sand and clear, shallow waters, to be exact. Take a drive down Daytona Beach, or rent a bicycle for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
With 23 miles to play with, there is something for everyone. Look out for splash parks, beach volleyball arenas and jungle gyms, or take to the water and try paddle-boarding, kayaking, parasailing or a spell of good old surfing.
Don’t bother trying to pack everything in the car; Daytona Beach is well-equipped in rental stores, so you can simply sign up and enjoy. Check out Volusia County Beach Rentals for everything from deluxe chairs and umbrellas to surfboards and paddleboards.
- Epic Thrills
Adrenaline junkies flock to Daytona Beach for a multitude of reasons. Whether you have always wanted to watch skilled Supercross drivers stretch the limits of modern motorsport or break a few boundaries of your own, there’s plenty to see and do in Daytona.
Don’t stop on the sidelines. You can choose from a long list of outdoor activities: Take a ride with a view on the Sand Blaster rollercoaster, go racing with the Richard Petty Driving School, or hook up to a zip-line at Zoom Air Adventure Park.
- Fun Festivals
Daytona Beach is fast becoming known as the Festival Capital of Florida. The secret is in the sheer variety on offer, from art festivals to regular top-notch music line-ups.
Browse the groundbreaking work of more than 200 fine artists at The Halifax Art Festival, see an eye-opening array of stylish cars at the Daytona Turkey Run, catch a motorcycle rally to remember at Biketoberfest, enjoy a unique cultural experience at the Greek Festival, and dance the night away at the famous Daytona Blues Festival.
- Spectacular Views
To take in all that there is to see in Daytona Beach, you have to do some distance. One of the main reasons the area is so popular with travellers – local and international alike – is the sheer variety of interesting scenery.
Perhaps the best way to experience most of Daytona’s sights is to go for a cruise down Ormond Scenic Loop. More than 30 miles long, The Loop offers an unobstructed view of exotic natural scenery, forests and two beautiful rivers.
- Great Seafood
Florida’s location on the east coast may give the city an unfair advantage, and boy do the area’s restaurants capitalize on it! A plethora of high-quality eateries along the waterfront offer some of the country’s best in seafood dining options.
Some of the restaurants that have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence include The Cellar, Caribbean Jack’s, Bay Street Seafood Market and the appropriately named Oyster Pub. Even Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is well-known for the variety of sublime seafood on its menu.
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