We couldn’t pass up a chance to visit historic Daytona Beach, Florida while passing nearby. As you can see we visited the Main Street Pier & Boardwalk.
Here is the main drag of Daytona Beach. The pier (and ocean) s off to the right.
The beach and boardwalk go on for miles. Its no wonder that they used to race cars along this stretch. We visited 5 weeks after a hurricane had come through the area. We saw lots of damage along the Florida coast but not as much at Daytona.
The Main Street Pier is a standout feature here. This has got to be one of the largest Joe’s Crabshack around.
At the end of the pier are the diehard fishermen and a few tourists.
While we did not see any sea turtles during our visit we did see many signs that encourage care if you do see them.
We are not much on seafood. Fortunately, there was a pizza place to eat. And what would a boardwalk be without a souvenir shop?
We found these plaques that tell the history of Daytona Beach and racing. These go on for a long way so we only took pictures of a few. You’ll have to go to the beach to see the full set. There are a few more in the gallery.
On the north side of the pier is a beautiful park that includes this fountain that the kids are playing in.
Of course the star of the show is the beach and ocean. It is just a gorgeous white sand beach with a tranquil surf. In fact the sand is so good that we found advertising etched into the sand (see gallery).
We visited in the late fall just after a hurricane had passed through the area only weeks before. That being said, we did not see this area at its best. We also ran into a few “beach bums” hanging around asking for money. I think places like this just attract people like that.
All-in-all the beach was pretty awesome and the fact that we were there in the off-season was nice. I can see why people love Florida in the winter. It was a very pleasant place to visit. There are many things to do here and we only had a few hours. We would like to go back again.
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