10 Tips When Driving on Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, the coastal crown jewel of Florida, is not just The World’s Most Famous Beach. It’s also one of the few beaches in the United States where people can drive legally. In fact, the packed, hard sand of Daytona Beach is what lured racers decades ago that later on gave birth to NASCAR and solidified Daytona Beach as the racing capital of the world.
Thousands of people drive along beautiful Daytona Beach every day and it looks like a mindless and extremely straightforward recreational activity, but there are certain things that you should keep in mind to make the most out of the experience. With that, here are 10 tips to keep handy when driving on Daytona Beach.
1. Drive with Your Headlights On and One Front Window Open
Even during daytime, beach motorists are required to drive with their headlights on. It’s also mandatory to keep at least one front window open.
2. Know the Parking Rules
There are about 1,000 public parking spaces available at several areas beside Daytona Beach. The following are the beachside parking facilities available for motorists:
• Bicentennial Park
• Ora Street and Revilo Avenue Park
• Richards Lane and Simpson Street
• Inlet Harbor Road and Lighthouse Point Park
• Smyrna Dunes
• Flagler Avenue and 27th Avenue
• Bethune Beach Park
Parking is allowed in designated areas located east of the marked dune line unless there are other rules specified. When parking, avoid disturbing the sand dunes and the vegetation. Double parking is strictly prohibited and vehicles that are illegally or improperly parked will be towed.
3. Strictly 10mph and No Texting While Driving
• Limit your speed at 10mph. Remember, there are cyclists as well as pedestrians on the beach and it’s usually packed with tourists especially during Spring Break. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Strictly no texting while driving. The 10 mph speed limit is strictly enforced. Violators will be fined $116 and up.
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4. One-way traffic
Motorists may drive from north to south only in these areas:
• Granada Boulevard south to Cardinal Drive in Ormond Beach
• University Boulevard south to Seabreeze Boulevard in Daytona Beach
• International Speedway Boulevard south to Silver Beach Avenue in Daytona Beach
4. Driving or parking in the conservation zone is prohibited.
5. Designated Activity Areas
You can’t just get out of your vehicle, set your beach blanket and sunbathe. Since there are vehicles cruising along Daytona Beach, there’s a certain clearance or space between the traffic line and the activity areas to avoid accidents. WATCH OUT FOR SUNBATHERS!
6. Follow Environmental Rules
Aside from its white sandy beaches, Daytona Beach is also home to diverse wildlife and marine life including sea turtles and sea birds. Daytona Beach authorities impose very strict environmental rules and you should not disturb these animals when you see them. In line with this, littering is strictly prohibited on the beach as this can harm Daytona Beach’s ecosystem.
7. Bonfire by the Beach
Enjoying the warm company of your friends and family around a warm bonfire is a great way to spend the night on Daytona Beach. Bonfire Rings are located at Tom Renick Park, Frank Rendon Park, Sapphire Walkway, 27th Avenue Beach Ramp and Hiles Beach Ramp. You must be 18 years and older and a licensed drive to reserve one of these bonfire rings. All first must be put out by 11pm and as usual, you’re responsible to cleanup any debris. See more information here
8. Music or noise that can be heard from more than 50 feet of the source is illegal.
9. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed.
10. Make the Most Out of the Beach
They say the best things in life are free and on Daytona Beach, this is true. The simplest activities are usually the most memorable. Read a good book while lying on the sand. Take an early morning beachside jog. Spend the day listening to the waves while talking with loved ones and friends. Get the more out of your Daytona Beach trip with the Volusia Beach Navigator App. Download here.
COST: The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset Nov. 1 through April 30, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 31. There is a $5 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.
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Written by: Staff At Quality Inn Daytona Speedway
*Photo by Daytona Beach CVB
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