Useful Information & Top Tips for Visiting Daytona Beach
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Daytona Beach is perfect for year round fun in the sun! The same ocean breezes that keep the climate mild in winter provide cool winds in the summer.
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Currency: US Dollar
Time Zone: Eastern Time
Here's a collection of media releases that provides the inside scoop on Daytona Beach's attractions, family events, festivals and new developments.
The Daytona Beach area consists of eight (8) cities and towns: Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, South Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Wilbur-By-The-Sea, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona and Holly Hill.
Daytona Beach is the headquarters for NASCAR, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the United States Tennis Association Florida.
Jackie Robinson broke the "color barrier" in U.S. professional sports in Daytona Beach as a member of the Montreal Royals (then a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers), during a spring training game in 1946.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is Florida’s tallest lighthouse, and the second tallest in the U.S.
In 1897, acclaimed short story author Stephen Crane of Red Badge of Courage fame, experienced a near-death experience when his ship sank offshore in the Daytona Beach area. Crane wrote about his experience in one of his most memorable short stories, "The Open Boat," in which he makes references to the Mosquito Inlet Light, a.k.a., the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
Renowned theologian Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman -- who created, taught and wrote of a climate of action oriented nonviolence that was later inherited and institutionalized by the Civil Rights Movement – was born in Daytona Beach in 1899.
The first timed auto racing trial took place on Ormond Beach in 1903. In the historic race between wintering playboys, Ransom E. Olds – father of the Oldsmobile – and Alexander Winton, Winton beat Ransom in the Ormond Challenge Cup – the sport’s first sanctioned timed trial. Winton in his "Bullet #1" edged out a victory against Olds in his "Pirate" by a narrow two-tenths of a second. Their battle launched America’s love of motor racing and the sleepy little winter resort town garnered its place in history as "The Birthplace of Speed."
The late actor Ted Cassidy, who is best known for his portrayal of Lurch in the 1960s television classic The Addams Family, guarded area beaches as a member of the Ormond Beach Life Saving Corps, while a student at nearby Stetson University.
As a teen in the 1920s, the late actor Buddy Ebsen (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones) was a soda jerk and a dancer during the summer at Daytona Beach’s Pier Casino (now known as the Daytona Beach Pier).