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Daytona Beach

I have always loved eclectic beach towns filled with festive amusements, natural beauty, and endless wonder. Daytona Beach is well-known for its unique beach driving experience. Daytona also has a nostalgic carnival style boardwalk that’s fun for the whole family. And, of course, Daytona is home to the famed Daytona International Speedway.

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Boardwalk

The Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Park consists of Joyland Amusement Park, Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Main Street Pier. The Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Park is the best place to visit in Daytona for entertainment and attractions. The atmosphere is more reminiscent of a fair or carnival than a full-scale amusement park, yet it’s still pretty amusing all the same.

The Joyland Amusement Park has your staple fair foods, games, and a few rides. There is also a beautiful pastel colored Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a slingshot! You may purchase tickets for the rides and hit up the Joyland Arcade and Mardi Gras Fun Center.

The Daytona Beach Boardwalk is beyond perfect if you want to have a carnival-style night out complete with carnival food, carnival games, and carnival rides! You can channel your inner child and enjoy the wonderous amusements set before you.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Joyland Amusement Park are lively when the sun goes down. The sweet-smelling candy night air is reminiscent of a joyous childhood. There are fun fair foods including pizza, ice cream, and cotton candy. The boardwalk has a really cool candy shop where you can see freshly spun taffy being made.

Some of the attractions or facilities are a tad run down, and there is some panhandling in the area like many other major tourist cities. Overall, I enjoyed celebrating in all of the festivities on the boardwalk and visiting the amusement park on site as well!

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Beach

Daytona Beach is a nice, clean, family beach. There are many shops and restaurants in the area. The beach parking is twenty dollars, but we parked in a paid lot for ten. This beach is popular so there are definitely a lot of people out and about.

In Daytona Beach, beachgoers may drive their vehicles on the beach and park up next to the shore. Interestingly, this was the first beach that I’ve been where this is permitted because it is quite rare. The sand is packed hard and so this also was a new experience for me.

One thing I noticed is that there are pretty much no seashells at the beach. I only found just a couple and they were very small. I love collecting sand and seashells from all of the beaches I have visited! In this way, I will always have a little piece of the ocean with me.

Daytona Beach is quite beautiful. I love the smell of salty water blowing in the wind. The water was really cold which surprised me because it was such a hot Florida day.

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Speedway

When anyone thinks of Daytona, they likely automatically think of the Daytona International Speedway. While I’m not big on sports I certainly wanted to see the speedway for myself. There are multiple Daytona Beach and Nascar merch stores around the city so you can pick up a souvenir to remember your sweet Daytona vacation!

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Until next time!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

Full-time explorer of all things interesting!

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”– Anais Nin

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7 Replies to “Beautiful Daytona Beach”

  1. Daytona sounds like a really fun place to visit. I’ve been to Florida once, as a kid, but not too keen on visiting the US these days. That beach looks amazing. I wonder why the sand is packed hard like that.

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  2. I love that there is an amusement park in this beach which makes it really unique, and that pastel colored ferris wheel looks really inviting. Those are great photos and it really looks like you had fun! Makes me want to go to the beach soon!!

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  3. Oh this looks like so much fun! I love the carnival feel. Side note, I’ve been to a few beaches where you can drive on the beach but they are usually fishing beaches not lay out in the sun type beaches. I’m a little surprised you can do that in Daytona.

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