Personal Favorites

People often ask us for advice about things to do in Daytona. This is a list of some of our personal favorite places and activities.



Of course the beach is the first place we go. Cars are allowed on the beach. The speed limit is 10 mph and it is enforced. It is always best to swim in front of a life guard. They are on duty during the day all year round. The bigger the waves, the bigger the currents, so be safe when you play. There are usually vendors on the beach. You can buy food and rent things like umbrellas, chairs, bikes, and four-wheelers. You can pick up a lot of the things you need like beach toys, boogie boards, beach towels and bathing suits at the local souvenir shops, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, or the mall. Check out the Live Beach Cam. Send the link to your friends. Then go stand in front of it and call them to say "Wish you were here!"


Daytona Flea & Farmers Market

It seems we have to go to the flea market every time we're in Daytona. It is near I-95 and International Speedway Blvd. It is only open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and during special event weeks.


Daytona Lagoon

Great place for the kids. Water park, video games, go carts, laser tag, putt-putt, rock wall, etc. It's in the downtown Daytona area.



Golf is one of the most popular things to do in Daytona. There are a huge number of courses in the area.


Miniature Golf

There are several miniature golf courses around, including one within walking distance that is called Pirate's Island. It is on Atlantic Blvd just north of Dunlawton.


Kennedy Space Center

If you or your kids are into rockets and history, this is the place to go. The bus tour is fairly expensive. You can always just walk around the Visitor Center if you want to keep the trip short.


Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

This is a working lighthouse and museum. They even let you walk all the way up to the top. It is only a few minutes from the condo.


St. Augustine

This is the oldest city in America. It is about an hour away. The fort is a national park. It is a fun little place if you like history.


Sunglow Pier

You can walk around on the pier for free, but there is a fee for fishing. They will rent you a pole and sell you bait if you need it.



Yes, we found a very friendly church where we like to go when we are in Daytona.  They recently started a new worship service that meets in an elementary school near the condo.  Take Dunlawton west and turn left at City Center Pkwy (the road right before Walmart).



Aunt Catfish

Great atmosphere. At the base of the Dunlawton Bridge. It is a unique place to eat. It is always very busy. Good southern cooking. My mom loves their cheese grits.


Our Deck Down Under

Open air restaurant under the Dunlawton Bridge.  More casual than Aunt Catfish and a little less expensive. Good food.  Right on the river.


Crabby Joe's

On the Sunglow Pier.  Be sure you go out to the open-air dining room.  If the weather is nice, the windows will be open and you can see the ocean through the slats in the floor.  Good food.  I've heard they have great breakfasts.  Great place to go for a quick dessert.


Pagano's Pizzeria

Small locally owned restaurant.  Great NJ style thin crust pizza and other Italian dishes.  Be sure to try the Garlic Knots appetizer.  1945 S. Ridgewood Ave.


Racing's North Turn

On the north end of where the race track was when they used to actually race on the beach. Outdoor dining with a great view of the ocean.  Great racing pictures and history.  Bar & Grill atmosphere.  Live music every night.


Top of Daytona

On top of Peck Plaza, 29th floor.  Great view up and down the beach.  Formal dining.  They do have early bird specials if you don't want to spend as much.