Daytona Beach Vacations

If you love mild temperatures, endless activities and fabulous shopping look no further than Daytona Beach! Does perfect weather and a good deal sound good? You’ll break out the sunscreen (but not the big bucks!).  Fun for race fans, friends and families, Daytona Beach Vacations boasts resorts, attractions and the Daytona International Speedway and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Come during the Daytona 500 or spring family beach break – or any time at all. You already know about Daytona Beach’s swimming, surfing and unusual drive-along-our-beach opportunities. But don’t forget to visit the Daytona Beach Pier, a historic attraction that recently reopened after a $5 million restoration. Nearby are the roller coaster, the Daytona Lagoon water park and other enticements of the Boardwalk amusement area.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast

Daytona Beach Weather

The warm season lasts from May 23 to September 26 with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 90°F and low of 74°F.  The cold season lasts from December 6 to February 25 with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 47°F and high of 68°F.

Daytona Beach Attractions

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The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is place to be for family fun! It features Ocean Walk Shoppes and the Daytona Beach Bandshell, gift shops, snack bars, restaurants, and a classic arcade – with ever popular Skee Ball and video game favorites – day or night!

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Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway has enduring appeal all year for all ages! It doesn’t have to be Speedweeks to get your blood racing. And you don’t have to be a race fan to get spellbound by a Speedway Track Tour. It’s a massive multi-sports facility that leaves visitors in awe with every visit. Kids love it at the track, too! It charges up their imagination and gives them plenty to see and do.Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

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Just a few short miles south of Daytona Beach, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, is the off-the-beaten-path area of Ponce Inlet and the home of the tallest lighthouse in Florida.  Along with a historic display that touts Ponce Inlet’s place in the early days of automobile and motorcycle racing on the nearby beach, you may encounter special historical exhibits and events.

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Marvel at the former “Bulow Ville” plantation, founded in 1821 and destroyed in the Seminole Indian War. The park includes sugar mill ruins, nature trails, picnic facilities and an open-air museum. Open daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Home to a “state of-the-art” performing arts complex, a café – style movie theatre, a variety of restaurants and unique shopping for treasured gifts, historic downtown Daytona Beach has more than fifty shops and restaurants overlooking Riverfront Park on the Halifax River.

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Things to Do in Daytona Beach

Vast Oceans Surf & SUP

At Vast Oceans Surf & SUP School they offer the best Surf Lessons in Daytona Beach possible. They make learning to surf both fun and safe for everyone. Vast Ocean’s Daytona Beach surf school is conveniently located at Daytona Beaches #1 beach location and beach approach off of International Speedway BLVD.  Stop by their surf school to discover your surfing adventure today!  They’re dedicated to teaching you how to surf. If you want to learn surfing in Daytona Beach you’ve come to the right surf school. They have all the latest equipment.  Vast Ocean’s surf lessons in Daytona Beach are for people of all ages.  Telephone: 386-308-9951  Web: Vast Oceans Surf & SUP.

Three Brothers Boards Dolphin & Manatee Paddle Board Tours

Join them on their dolphin and manatee adventure tour and find out firsthand why it is voted the #1 thing to do in all of Daytona Beach! They offer this tour on Stand Up Paddle boards or one person-two person and three person kayaks. Most people who join them on paddle boards have never tried paddle boarding before so they start every tour with a short lesson showing you all the key points and then they have a nice still bay where they give everyone a chance to practice and get comfortable. Once everyone gives the tour guide a thumbs up, they will lead you on your adventure of a lifetime. On almost every dolphin and manatee adventure tour, they see tons of dolphins and manatees up close and personal. Telephone:  386-310-4927  Web:  Three Brothers Boards Dolphin & Manatee Paddle Board Tours.

Sailing Winsome

Winsome, a classic 36.5 foot Pearson Sailboat, is available for  Full-day (up to 8 hours) and Half-day (up to 4 hours) sailing charters.  Sightsee on the Intracoastal Waterway, or slip out into the ocean through Ponce Inlet.  Evening sunset cruise charters may also be scheduled.  Alternatively, you may want to drop anchor and swim or explore beaches.  Sailing lessons are offered and your are encouraged to be involved in vessel operations.  Telephone:  904-631-7074  Web:  Sailing Winsome. 

Daytona Fun Rentals

Go to Daytona Fun Rentals for all your outdoor entertainment needs.  They rent Stand Up Paddleboards, Scooters/Mopeds, Jet Skis, Pontoon/Party Boats, Beach Cruisers/Bicycles, Canoes/Kayaks, and Paddle Boats.  They also have sunset Dolphin Cruises, water Taxis, and Boat Rides.  Don’t be fooled by high beach-side prices, they will beat any price!  Telephone:  386-736-8257 Web:  Daytona Fun Rentals.

Daytona Beach Parasail

Located in beautiful Ponce Inlet, Florida, Daytona Beach Parasail is one of the most trusted and successful parasail companies operating in Florida.  Their flights start at 600 feet and go all the way up to 1,200 feet!  They offer online and in-person ticket purchasing.  Telephone:  386-547-6067  Web: Daytona Beach Parasail.

Best Daytona Beach Restaurants

Chucherias Hondurenas  $11 – 30

This is a fusion restaurant of Central American, Caribbean and Spanish food so you can get great food there along with all the sides you would want. All the ingredients and entrées are prepared fresh daily. Even the the cheese and sour cream are imported from Honduras to give the entrées the fresh and authentic flavors that one would expect.  Telephone:  386-239-0548  Web:  Chucherias Hondurenas.

The Cellar Restaurant  $31 – 60

The Cellar Restaurant has been serving upscale Italian cuisine with a fine dining atmosphere in the Historic District of Daytona Beach since 2003.  The Cellar Restaurant has been acclaimed as the Best Italian restaurant in Daytona Beach and Top Restaurant overall in Daytona Beach and is highly rated across several sites such as TripAdvisor.  OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards include:  Most Romantic – Top 100 Restaurants in the US, Best Service – Top 100 Restaurants in the United States, Outstanding Wine List – Top 100 in the United States.  Telephone:  386-258-0011  Web:  The Cellar Restaurant.

Las Olas Argentinian Latin Cuisine  $11 – 30

At Las Olas they specialize in Argentinean Cuisine. Las Olas is the only Argentinian Restaurant & Bar in East-Central Florida. They offer great food, drinks, and an awesome environment. Las Olas has inside dining area with bar and your choice of 3 outside dining areas 2 of which have bars and smokers are welcome.  Telephone:  386-254-7972  Web:  Las Olas Argentinian Latin Cuisine.

Corleone’s Famous New York Pizza & Gyros  Under $10

One of the newest pizzerias on the scene is Corleone’s Famous New York Pizza and Gyros. Located just steps away from the beach, this is a perfect place to get refreshed and enjoy some of the best pizza and treats on the beach. The owners of Corleone’s are a second generation of restaurateurs.  This is the most traditional pizza you can get. The results are delicious! You won’t find a more authentic pizza or gyro this side of New York. But, that is not all you will find at Corleone’s. They have a whole host of New York style Hero’s, Calzones, Stromboli, salads and wings. If you have a sweet tooth, the desserts are sure to satisfy!  Telephone:  386-333-9996 Web:  Corleone’s Famous New York Pizza & Gyros.

Zen Bistro  $11 – 30

Welcome to Zen Bistro – The world’s exotic Thai food, located in a quaint, family atmosphere in the heart of Daytona Beach. At Zen Bistro, you’ll find Thai dishes that have that silken texture and a blend of flavors created by a perfect balance of seasoning, herbs and spices. They always use the freshest, highest quality ingredients to provide you with the finest in Thai cuisine. Experience the warmth and friendliness of this family owned Restaurant with variety and value that will make Zen Bistro one of your favorites.  Telephone:  386-248-0453  Web:  Zen Bistro.

Best Daytona Beach Bars & Nightlife

Brickyard Lounge & Grill

Their restaurant is known for making the best hamburgers in Volusia County, Florida. They strive to keep our customers happy through excellent service and great food.   Their bar has been featured in numerous reviews and they are proud of our high ratings.  Great burgers and wings at this friendly neighborhood bar & restaurant where everybody knows your name after your first visit. The interior has local character that feels welcoming and fun.  Telephone:  386-253-2270  Web: Brickyard Lounge & Grill.

Robbie O’Connell’s Irish Pub

Welcome to Robbie O’Connell’s Pub. They offer the best selection of drought and bottled beers. They pride ourselves on their Perfect Pint and their vast Belgium selection. But it is the craic that makes them the best. Robbie’s is your pub, where soon you’ll become a local.  They offer a special every day, darts, and other assorted pub games.  Telephone:  386-252-6003 Web:  Robbie O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Ocean Deck

When you are in town, go where the locals go.  A Daytona Beach tradition for over 50 years, featuring live music and dancing every night of the week.  Weekends bring the best and only party ON the beach.  Relax in a Caribbean style atmosphere with bands and Karaoke on the beach stage.  They have serious food in a relaxed atmosphere – with a beach view!  Their menu ranges from the freshest seafood including their famous Mahi Mahi, Crab Legs, Oysters, and seared Ahi Tuna.  Telephone:  386-253-5224 Web:  Ocean Deck.

Crabby Joe’s Deck & Pier

The Sunglow Fishing Pier has been around since 1960 and is a great place to fish and spend quality time with friends and family. Pier anglers are known to catch a wide variety of fish on the Sunglow Pier such as Whiting, Kings, Pompanos, Flounder, Trout, Spanish Mackeral, Sheep’s Head, Blues, Sail Cat, Tarpon and different kinds of shark species!  The Daytona Beach Shores Fishing Pier offers many amenities such as a bait shack, fish cleaning areas, well lighted benches, seats, fishing pole rentals and frozen bait!  Begin your morning on the pier with a sea worthy breakfast; burgers sandwiches and clubs, and fresh seafood.  Warm nights deserve a cold drink.  Post up riverside, relax and enjoy yourself at the Calypso Bar.  Telephone:  386-788-3364  Web:  Crabby Joe’s Deck & Pier.

Caribbean Jacks

Daily entertainment.  Indoor and outdoor seating.  Music on the deck.  Visit Caribbean Jacks by boat.  One of Daytona’s destination restaurants good food great entertainment and friendly exacting service.  Jack’s is great for families and large groups and can be romantic with their neat-o glider rocking table chair seats.  Jack’s also seems to have great music which sets the stage for dancing and entertainment.  Telephone:  386-523-3000  Web:  Caribbean Jacks.

Top Daytona Beach Hotels

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort


This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring an unrivaled beachfront location, this family-friendly hotel offers state-of-the-art amenities along with comfortable accommodations, and is only moments from major attractions and endless recreational activities.  Directly connected to the Ocean Walk Shoppes, the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village places guests seconds from many popular points of interest. Beautiful beaches, top-rated golf courses and the Ocean Center Convention Center are all nearby.  With 2 on-site swimming pools, a children’s activity club and a full service spa, every stay at the Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village Hilton is sure to be unforgettable. Guests will also enjoy in-room MP3 compatible radios as well as the on-site gourmet dining options.

Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Oceanfront


This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This Dayton Beach hotel has rooms offering views of either the sea or the hotel’s outdoor pool. Breakfast is offered to guests of the Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Oceanfront, located directly on the Atlantic Ocean.

Fountain Beach Resort – Daytona Beach


This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Guests at this Daytona Beach resort will enjoy a heated outdoor pool with a sun terrace and beach access. The hotel is steps from the beach and 2,950 feet from Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Area and Pier.  Fountain Beach Resort guests can retreat to the sauna after a long day at the beach or consult the 24-hour reception for a restaurant recommendation. A fitness centre and library are available.  The Oasis Restaurant and Tiki Bar offers classic American fare with an oceanfront view. Guests can listen to local entertainment while savoring appetizers and cocktails from the bar.

Tropical Winds Resort Hotel


This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. This Daytona Beach hotel is on the Atlantic coast and provides direct beach access. It features a heated indoor and outdoor pool, and has rooms with a private balcony.  Guests at the Tropical Winds Resort Hotel can enjoy breakfast or lunch at the cafe, read a book from the hotel’s library or spend time in the game room.

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach


Panoramic ocean views, legendary amenities, and modern luxury ­­­– Live large in the front row of one of America’s most famous beaches. Bask in the Florida sun at our oceanfront pool. Or, grab a bite at their world-famous restaurant, indulge yourself in the luxury Rock Spa & Salon or spend some time in the legendary Rock Shop. And you can do it all while rocking to the impeccably-designed Hard Rock environment and exploring the exciting Daytona Beach nightlife.


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30 Comments

  1. JeffWA

    Hi Leahrae,

    Having been to Florida in the past, but not Daytona, (instead the Orlando/Disney World area) I know for a fact that there is plenty to do in the sunshine state.

    You certainly provided an in-depth article that discussed so many destination locales around the Daytona area.
    The Daytona 500 is held late next month – February. The NASCAR circuit also has a race at that famous track around the 4th of July holiday period.

    I have a long-time friend, (although not as close as in the past) who has always been a huge NASCAR fan in the almost 30 years that I have known her. One of the tracks that she and her family have attended in the past, besides others all up and down the East Coast was at the Daytona 500′ several times I believe. I can never forget my sending her an email at the end of the 2001 race when Dale Earnhardt, (senior) was killed late in the race as a result of an accident. She actually did not catch the last part of that race and after reading my email and getting back to me she wrote how absolutely shocked she was at receiving that devastating news.

    My friend stated that being at these races cannot be compared to just watching them on television as the sound of the 40 + cars roaring by at the beginning of each race is unimaginable. And VERY loud!

    Of course you also took the time to highlight the many beaches around the Daytona area as, after all many people who visit Florida like to get some rays, particularly those located on the Atlantic Ocean or to the western side of the stage on the Gulf.

    Thank you for writing such an informative article about the Daytona Florida area!

    Jeff

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Jeff for your wonderful comments and I am glad you enjoyed reading about Daytona Beach. There really is so much to do and experience. I don’t think I could capture everything. If you ever feel the need to head there, let me know and maybe I can help you plan your next trip to Daytona Beach. Again, thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

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  2. Andrea

    Reading this post during another -15-degree January day in Canada is like a breath of fresh air!
    I’m ready for my surf lesson!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Good! You will enjoy it! I would have to agree, the -15 degree weather sounds too cold for me! Come to the Florida Beaches!

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  3. Hollie Rose

    Nice page. It sounds like a dream holiday with plenty to do. The useful information that you provided is really useful. It saves people the time from searching it themselves. We love Florida and have been a couple of times but we live in the UK so I can look and dream!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Dreaming is always good. Sometimes you just have to make those dreams come true 🙂 Good thing is that Florida is really pretty reasonable for travel expenses, more so than say California, and has a much more laid back unpretentious feel.

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  4. Carol

    Okay, you make me want to leave for vacation right now! Thanks for all of the great tips and reviews. It’s awesome that you have so many suggestions for travel, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. Now I know where to come when I’m ready to take a vacation…your website. I’ve only been to Orlando once for a couple of days so I’d love to be able to visit Daytona Beach someday and take more time to enjoy all of the sights and sounds and soak up some sun.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will love it Carol! I hope I have provided everything for you, to give you that little nudge to go to Daytona Beach 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Carol

    Okay, you make me want to leave for vacation right now! Thanks for all of the great tips and reviews. It’s awesome that you have so many suggestions for travel, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. Now I know where to come when I’m ready to take a vacation…your website. I’ve only been to Orlando once for a couple of days so I’d love to be able to visit Daytona Beach someday and take more time to enjoy all of the sights and sounds and soak up some sun.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Carol!

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  6. Roman

    This is awesome! Going to Daytona Beach will certainly be one of my near future vacation plans. Getting a reasonable travel and hotel option won’t be a problem with all this information!

    Personally, what I love is eating amazing food, and I am glad you provided multiple restaurants for people to try. All of the restaurants you mentioned seem to be a must, but the one that interests me the most is the Zen Bistro. I love me some Thai food.

    Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love Thai food as well, so I know you will love the Zen Bistro. Daytona Beach is pretty amazing, besides having beautiful beaches, there are so many things to do. Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  7. ht

    Wow, would love a Daytona Beach vacation. Heard so much about the place and your post has wet my appetite to come one day. Unfortunately I’m just a tad bit too far away.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well, one day you will have to visit. Just put it on your bucket list 🙂 Daytona Beach is awesome!

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  8. Garen

    Hey Leahrae,

    I have been to Florida once before about 10 years ago. It was awesome, and I really didn’t want to go. I do recall the prices for food, hotels, etc. were pretty expensive, though. But, it is well worth it! I am actually planning another trip to Florida next winter, though. I do like how I can use my travel points with my credit cards which does reduce the prices to Daytona Beach.

    However, I do have a question for you. How much should I budget for 7-10 days? It would really help me if you could answer this. Would really help me plan my budget for the trip.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Garen, boy it really depends on a few things. Where are you flying from and what type of hotel would you want to stay in? I fly there from Dallas for as low as $56 round trip. I can get a hotel for about $109 a night. If you use FlipKey or Trip Advisor, you can rent a vacation rental by the week that has a kitchen and everything. This is generally what I do. Last time I did this, I spent $700 for a whole week and did a lot of cooking myself. You will love Daytona Beach. And actually Florida is a lot cheaper than a lot of other beach destinations.

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  9. Dan

    Hey! Robbie O’Connell! I know him! Not really … but there are many men of that name in Ireland! Really great article here on the huge array of amenities available in Daytona and the surrounding areas. I’ve been to Florida a few times as I have family living there but never had the opportunity to visit Daytona. Unfortunately, my family have moved up to Tallahassee from Kissimmee so my reason to visit has lessened. However, we are hoping to bring the kids to Disney with their cousins over the next year or two. Maybe we’ll pop down, say in the Seabreeze, have a pint in Robbie’s and eat at Chucherias Hondurenas! Yum!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great! You will enjoy and it is not that far to all the Disney attractions. Let me know if you need any further information and thanks for reading about Daytona Beach vacations!

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  10. Nicu Paun

    Hey, great job. I assure you that when I will first travel to the US I will be checking out your site for info ! Keep up the good work ! Good luck !

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Nicu and thanks for visit Daytona Beach Vacations!

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  11. Grace

    Our family love beach vacations and was searching to see where our next spot would be, then I saw your link! It sounded interesting and we haven’t been to Daytona Beach yet. I really like the weather there, I love hot. 🙂 The beaches there look really nice too. Thanks for all the list of things we can do there and where to stay. Makes it so easy to have all this info in one spot!

    Thanks so much!
    Grace

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Grace, I am glad I could help! Please let me know if you need any further information for Daytona Beach.

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  12. Katie

    I’ve had family and friends who have visited Daytona Beach and absolutely loved it! I’ve never tried surfing before so that would probably be my first thing to do. 🙂 Then follow a day at the beach up with some of the best Italian cuisine around, that sounds like my kind of vacation! Thanks for the informative article, this is now one of my top vacation spots.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed learning about Daytona Beach. It really is a great place to visit. Thanks for reading!

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  13. Brent

    You do put together an awesome site for the Florida vacationer!!! I love the detail you go into with all the hotels and the restaurants and sights to see. It can really make a potential vacationer feel easy about his or her choices in a vacation destination. Keep up the great work!!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Brent! Thank you for visiting 🙂

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  14. Ed

    Leahrae,

    Thank you for all of the wonderful information! I am definitely a fan of your page. You take the guess work out of looking for a vacation destination. I’m ready to paddle board with the dolphins.

    Thank you,

    Ed

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, that is fun! I have yet to get my own paddleboard but I plan on it! A great way to enjoy the ocean for sure. Thanks for visit Daytona Beach Vacations!

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  15. James

    Hi LeahRae,

    Daytona Beach sounds and looks amazing. I have always been drawn to beach holidays and I will definitely have to add this to the list. It has always been my dream to go to the USA and escape the Australian winter which would make it summer there. Thanks for the helpful article, a real eye opener 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks James and I hope you can make it here someday soon! If so, and you need any additional information, please let me know. Thanks for visiting Daytona Beach Vacations.

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