Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Vacationers have been flocking to the Daytona Beach area for more than a century. During the late 1800s, the area caught the attention and imagination of many wealthy northern tycoons who found the land favorable for investment. One such mogul, Mathias Day, founding father of what was then called Daytona, built the first hotel, the Palmetto House, in 1874 which now acts as a homeless shelter.

A welcome sign in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.
A welcome sign in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.

About The Community

The trend continued with other entrepreneurs endeavoring to build a city of commerce and vision. Commodore Charles Bourgoyne began by building a community center in the downtown area in the early 1900s. Bourgoyne organized concerts along the riverfront actively promoting the town’s events to travelers. Later, John D. Rockefeller, discovered Daytona Beach’s immaculate golf courses and made his winter home here.


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Daytona Beach sign. The popular spring break destination is dubbed "World's Most Famous Beach." Daytona Beach, Florida - January 3, 2015. Editorial credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com, licensed.
Daytona Beach sign. The popular spring break destination is dubbed “World’s Most Famous Beach.” Daytona Beach, Florida – January 3, 2015. Editorial credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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Automobile racing became a regular pastime along the hard-packed beaches at the turn of the 20th Century. Ormond Beach became known as the “birthplace of speed” due to the various land speed records set there. In 1947, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing was founded in Daytona Beach. Motorsports gained new ground in 1959 with the opening of the Daytona International Speedway, which continues to satisfy hundreds of thousands of speed-hungry fans each year.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams takes to the track for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. February 26, 2017 - Daytona Beach, Florida. Editorial credit: Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock.com, licensed.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams takes to the track for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. February 26, 2017 – Daytona Beach, Florida. Editorial credit: Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

Today, the Daytona Beach area entertains more than eight million visitors each year. Visitors come from around the world to relax and recreate on one of the most beautiful, family-friendly beaches in Florida.

Multi-colored jeep wranglers ride on Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach, Florida - May 1 2019. Editorial credit: RudenkoStudio / Shutterstock.com, licensed.
Multi-colored jeep wranglers ride on Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach, Florida – May 1 2019. Editorial credit: Rudenko Studio / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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