Situated right on one of the last drive-on beaches in the country is the retro-chic Daytona SeaBreeze resort.
Originally built in the early 1970s, the unique oceanfront resort was renovated in 2005, and features 1950s and 1960s retro furnishings with unique abstract artwork. All one- and two-bedroom villas are ocean-view rooms, close enough to the water that you can actually sleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. A truly memorable experience!
And of course, it’s the beach that is the main attraction. You can have the same classic beach getaway in Daytona today that you had decades ago. Driving on the beach is still permitted daily, seaward of the marked dune conservation zone depending on tides and accessibility of the ramps leading onto the beach. Vehicles are welcome on the beach May 1 through October 31 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and November 1 through April 30 from sunrise to sunset.
The seaside beach activities don’t stop when the sun goes down. Gather ’round the fire ring for marshmallow roasting right off the beach. If you are looking for reasons to visit Daytona in the off-season, there are plenty. Fall in Daytona is big for bikers. Biketoberfest is a huge biker event that takes place in downtown Daytona in mid-October. For this event, Main St. is closed to cars—but open to motorcycles, of course. The downtown area is filled with bands and beer tents, and lots and lots of bikers and “hogs.” This is a very popular event, so plan your trip early for availability at the resort.
If you are into classic cars and hot rods, plan a stay at Daytona SeaBreeze for the Daytona Turkey Run. This event, which Hot Rod Magazine named No. 38 on their “list of things to do before you die,” is will be held March 28-30, 2014. It takes place at Daytona International Speedway and features cars on display and various races.