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Beautiful Daytona Beach

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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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Bucket List Dreams- Jacksonville Beach

Explore: Jacksonville, FL

Florida is renowned for its gorgeous topography and immaculate seashores. The natural beauty of the vast Atlantic Ocean is unparalleled. The beaches in Jacksonville certainly speaks to this testament. Jacksonville offers three beautiful primary beaches: Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach.

Admittedly, I am always beckoned to the water. I am home when I am by the ocean; I definitely have a Pisces heart. I love questing for beauty across all of the North and South Florida beaches.

Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville is an interesting and beautiful place to visit. Jacksonville is a mecca for glorious old architecture. The downtown skyscrapers and national historical sites are reminiscent of times past.

Additionally, many of these esteemed buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The famous structures and landmarks in downtown Jacksonville are architectural marvels. The Jacksonville bridges are also a spectacle. They are colorful and captivating in their own right.

Downtown Jacksonville is also celebrated for its art scene and streetscapes.  There are many intriguing pieces down alleyways and on the sides of old buildings.

I am always questing for art which is aesthetically pleasing. I love studying pieces that have been created with intricate detail varied juxtaposition. I continually search out immersive art because I am drawn to understanding the artists’ story or muse.

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The Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing was on my to-see to-do list when visiting the Jacksonville area. The Jacksonville Landing lies along the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville. The scenery of the Riverwalk, St. Johns River and Main Street Bridge are dazzling.

The Jacksonville Landing is both a shopping outlet and indoor mall. The landing is quite perfect for a day visit or evening out. There are various dining, shopping, and attractions.

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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach is great for outdoor water sports adventuring days or relaxing days soaking up the sun lounging on the warm white sand. There is along the shore and many stores for beach shopping. Jacksonville Beach is nice and clean; my family and I had great fun walking along the shore and splashing in sparkling waters at the beach. I did notice they had a number of ants so watch those precious toes of yours.

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach is a stunning beach complete with a boardwalk. It appears that Jacksonville, Neptune, and Atlantic Beach all seem to run into one another and share boardwalks. I personally like the all-inclusive aspect of having waterfront dining, shopping along the beach for convenience purposes.

The sand here is sugary white and the water was kind of cool to the touch. Atlantic Beach is a waking dream. I found a ton of gorgeous white fossilized seashells. I also hunted for colorful seashells which are rarer. Some of the seashells had living organisms in them and others were fossils. The shells at Atlantic beach are so perfect that I entertained the idea that some of those shells had to be bought and delicately placed right there on the beach.

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Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach is absolutely stunning. Neptune Beach is reminiscent of an island oasis. The sand is soft and powder white and the water was cool, but not freezing. The Neptune Beach area includes more shops and restaurants. I definitely can appreciate this factor especially when you’re looking for an all-inclusive style experience. Also, if you’re into photography this beach photographs like a dream.

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Starbucks Neptune Beach

I always swing by Starbucks for iced teas and coffees in between beach hopping. This is the first Starbucks location I’ve been to where you can order outside from a walk-up window. I love this factor especially since we were all sandy and wet from the beach. The patio furniture had ample and plush outdoor seating large enough for multiple small groups.

My party and I ordered the Pink Drinks in addition to Java Chip frappuccinos. Did I mention the walk-up window because I can certainly dig that? Happy sipping, folks!

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Florida is truly a sanctuary to many walks of life. The central theme is to co-exist as one with nature, humans, animals and all marine life. Remember, leave only your footprints!

I certainly believe Jacksonville is worth your visit. And I look forward to returning to further explore this interesting and beautiful city. Until next time!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“How does the sea remember me. every time.” –Nayyirah Waheed

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

I began my journey along Florida’s Emerald Coast questing for the serenity and beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The National Park Service regulates these coastal beaches with some preservation projects, but in essence, they are virtually untouched and remain in their natural state. If you’re lucky, you will get to see marine life, crustaceans, and seabirds.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore is a federally protected waterway encompassing the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico is a large seashore which has land bordering on each side of the sea. The saltwater sea, the Gulf of Mexico, spans from Mexico to Florida. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the Seven Seas of the world. Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches from Mississippi to Florida. The primary access points are from Pensacola and Okaloosa Island. The Okaloosa side of the seashore is located in Fort Walton Beach.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is a more secluded beach which is certainly welcomed for a change of pace and scenery. The natural beauty of the sand dunes, birds flying overhead, and the bay, is surreal and tranquil. The water here is relatively calm and shallow, perfect for both relaxation and play.

There are various recreational opportunities at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Some activities here include boating, swimming, grilling, and picnics. This is also a great place for seeing marine life and coastal seabirds. Gulf Islands National Seashore is a short drive from Navarre Beach, Destin Beach and Pensacola Beach so you can keep beach hopping from sun up to sun down!

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

 

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“And sometimes you meet yourself back where you started, but stronger.” Yrsa Daley-Ward