Daytona Beach is the perfect place for a semi-staycation

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier
Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier Photo by Jenny De Witt

Beyond bikers and spring breakers, this world-famous beach town features history, character and waves for days. A quick one-hour drive northeast from Orlando, this location on the Atlantic Coast is perfect for a day trip or semi-staycation.


Daytona Arcade Museum

176 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach,

Missing your fill of Galaga, Street Fighter II or Donkey Kong? Unlimited play on all games all day, and a rotating selection of local microbrews. Game over!

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier

1200 Main St., Daytona Beach,

Built in 1925, this 600-foot wooden pier is the most recognizable landmark on Daytona Beach. Walk out at sunset and look back at the lights.

Museum of Arts and Science

352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach,

This place has it all: A giant sloth skeleton (yeah, they're Florida natives), Napoleon's bed, hundreds of teddy bears, the best Cuban art collection, and the only place in the country to see an original Coca-Cola bottle. Follow the boardwalk to natural wonder, and don't skip the planetarium show.


Kale Cafe

116 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach,

Fresh pressed juice bar with creative vegan cuisine. Don't miss the chalkboards of veg facts lining the long walls.

Macker Seafood

600 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach

Fresh ocean fish and shellfish caught at Matanzas Inlet, near Marineland. It's SHRIMPTASTIC! No, really. You can order that.

Donnie's Donuts

200 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach,

Slightly up the road but so worth the extra mile or two. Fresh, hot cake donuts are vehicles for mouthwatering toppings – and they sell out fast.

Tia Cori's Tacos

214 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach,

Elote, elote, elote, torta, sope, ceviche, elote, elote, elote, taco, elote, flan.


110 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach

OK, OK, but hear us out: It's got a fantastic beach view and free parking. Grab your drink of choice and sit outside on the covered porch to catch the breeze.


Atlantic Sounds Record Shop

138 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

This 37-year-old record store has something for everyone. Come away with an album or cassette that you didn't know you needed, but have to own – like for instance, the vintage album of cat sounds we may or may not have purchased.

Moxie Vintage

114 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach

Stop in to meet Daniel and style yourself up from his creative displays of vintage and retro fashion and unique ephemera. No selfies allowed, by the way. Tip: Pick up a vintage woven straw beach bag.

Downtown Farmers Market

105 Orange Ave., Daytona Beach,

Set alongside the Halifax River, pick up local eggs, produce, seafood, and plants on Saturdays from 7-11 a.m. Then stroll the Sweetheart Trail, part of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway that stretches from Maine to Florida.


Streamline Hotel

140 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach,

A 44-room restored yet historically accurate boutique hotel with a saltwater pool and rooftop bar. Don't miss the vintage stock car racing memorabilia.


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